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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Germany: Vols. XVII–XVIII.  1876–79.
Nuremberg (Nürnberg)
Albert Dürer’s Studio
Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819–1881)
IN the house of Albert Dürer
Still is seen the studio
Where the pretty Nurembergers
(Cheeks of rose and necks of snow)
Sat to have their portraits painted,        5
Thrice a hundred years ago.
Still is seen the little loop-hole
Where Frau Dürer’s jealous care
Watched the artist at his labor,
And the sitter in her chair,        10
To observe each word and motion
That should pass between the pair.
Handsome, hapless Albert Dürer
Was as circumspect and true
As the most correct of husbands,        15
When the dear, delightful shrew
Has him and his sweet companions
Every moment under view.
But I trow that Albert Dürer
Had within his heart a spot        20
Where he sat and painted pictures
That gave beauty to his lot,
And the sharp intrusive vision
Of Frau Dürer entered not.
Ah! if brains and hearts had loop-holes,        25
And Frau Dürer could have seen
All the pictures that his fancy
Hung upon their walls within,
How minute had been her watching,
And how good he would have been!        30

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