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 The Lorelei 

      I know not whence it rises,
      This thought so full of woe:
      But a tale of the times departed
      Haunts me--and will not go.
      The air is cool, and it darkens,
      And calmly flows the Rhine;
      The mountain peaks are sparkling
      In the sunny evening-shine.
      And yonder sits a maiden,
      The fairest of the fair;
      With gold is her garment glittering,
      And she combs her golden hair.
      With a golden comb she combs it,
      And a wild song singeth she,
      That melts the heart with a wondrous
      And powerful melody.
      The boatman feels his bosom
      With a nameless longing move;
      He sees not the gulfs before him,
      His gaze is fixed above.
      Till over boat and boatman
      The Rhine's deep waters run;
      And this with her magic singing
      The Lorelei hath done!

      THE END.

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