An ancient legend of the Rhine

               I cannot divine what it meaneth,
                This haunting nameless pain:
                  A tale of the bygone ages
              Keeps brooding through my brain:
                                                   The faint air cools in the gloaming,
                                                     And peaceful flows the Rhine,
                                                    The thirsty summits are drinking
                                                    The sunset's flooding wine;
                The loveliest maiden is sitting
                High-throned in yon blue air,
                Her golden jewels are shining,
                 She combs her golden hair;.
                                                  She combs with comb that is golden,
                                                       And sings a weird refrain
                                                  That steeps in a deadly enchantment

                                                      The listener's ravished brain:
              The doomed in his drifting shallop,
              Is tranced with the sad sweet tone,
              He sees not the yawing breakers,
                 He sees but the maid alone:
                                                     The pitiless billwos engulf him!-
                                                       So perish sailor and bark;
                                                    And this, with her baleful singing,
                                                    Is the Lorelei's gruesome work.
Mark Twain 1880

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