YE BARON OF YE RHINE
 
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There was once a noble Baron who resided by the Rhine
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
And he had an only daughter which her name was Friedalein
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Whom he kept shut up in a castle drear
And would never let any man come near
For he destined her for a convent bride
And to all she said he but thus replied
Did this noble Baron who dwelt beside the Rhine
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!

Now a-hunting went the Baron on a certain Autumn day
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
When by accident of course there came a gallant knight that way
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Who contrived somehow Lady F. to spy
Flattening her nose 'gainst her casement high
So he rode at once to the castle gate
And demanded speech of the Baron straight
Of the noble Baron who dwelt beside the Rhine
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!

Whereupon the Lady F. as her stern parient was out
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Came down the stairs though scarcely knowing, poor thing, what she was about
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
When at first sight love 'twixt them did ensue
Each vowed to each they'd be ever true
When there came up another visitor, with a long black beard, and the knight cried
'Lor, this never is the Baron who dwells beside the Rhine'
(with his) Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!

Said the stranger smiling blandly, 'I've been long a-vanting you
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
It's about a leetle bill you've p'rhaps forgot is overdue
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Vich if you forthvith do not lickvidate
Vy to prison you shall obsquatulate.'
Said the Lady F. 'Step inside I pray
While I get my keys, then the cash I'll pay
For I am the daughter of the Baron of the Rhine
(with his) Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!

Then they left the simple stranger to himself for full an hour
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
And another, and another, until night began to lour
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Till the Baron bold who no sport had had
Galloped home in a temper awful bad
Which became far worse as the truth came to light
That his daughter fair had eloped with the knight
And left but the Jew to the Baron of the Rhine
(and his) Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!

Screamed the Baron, blue with anger, 'Now for instant death prepare,
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Say your alphabet and tables and if time throw in a prayer.'
Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
Then he ran the Jew simply through and through
Though the why or wherefore nobody knew
'As for me' said he, 'Why this acid quick, I will drink, 'tis pure hydrocyanic.'
And that was the end of the Baron of the Rhine
(and his) Oh! ha! h'm! Ja Zo!
 
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Performed by Lionel Brough (1838-1909)
 
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