[From Mylechairane,1859]


Zu Bacharach am Rheine wohnt eine Zauberinn
Sie war so schön und feine und risz viel Herzen hin."

KLEMEN's Breutano.

AN ancient song rings in my brain,
A legendary lay;
Nor can I rid me of its spell
And I am sad to-day.

The air is cool, the twilight falls,
The still Rhine sleeps below
The crystal heights, that catch the lights
The setting sunbeams throw.

A Maiden on yon beetling-ridge
Sits in her beauty rare;
Her jewel'd garments flash afar
She combs her golden hair.

She combs it with a golden comb,
And sings unto the sea
A song as marvellously sweet
As siren-song may be.

The Sailor, in his little skiff,
Feels a sharp, joy-like woe;
And, gazing on the Maiden there,
Forgets the rock below.

Into the green, the treach'rous wave,
Sink Mariner and boat
But Lore-Lei's strange melodies
Still o'er the waters float.

From the German of HEINE.


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