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 Post subject: The Lorelei
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: 16 Sep 2014 02:59 
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"Flows the Rhine as flowing wine,
Bright in its unrest,
Sweet with odors of the vine;
Heaven in its breast."

So the boatman Hugo sung,
Long, long ago,
By the Lurley-berg that hung
In the sunset glow.

At that fateful rock, upraised
From its foamy base,
Suddenly the boatman gazed
With a stricken face.

On its summit, wondrous fair,
Shining angel-wise,
Sat a maid, with golden hair
And beseeching eyes.

From a shoulder's rosy sphere
All the robe that slid,
Ripple bright and water-clear,
Rather show'd than hid.

As her hair her fingers through
(Fingers pearly white)
Slowly pass'd, the diamond dew
Fell and broke in light.

But a gold harp from her feet
Lifted she ere long,
And its music, pulsing sweet,
Fed a wondrous song.

And the boatman, drifting fast,
Listen'd to his cost;
On the rocks before him cast!
In the whirlpool lost!

Then the Lorelei's luring form
Faded from the eye,
As a cloud fades, rosy warm,
In a purple sky.

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 Post subject: Re: The Lorelei
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: 17 Sep 2014 06:27 
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this is the Lorelei

Along the banks of the Rhine River in Germany lies a rock over 100 meters high called the Lorelei (also spelled Loreley.) The Lorelei situated at the point where the Rhine River reaches its narrowest point and most shallowest point. Countless ships have wrecked there in the area over hundreds of years. The German folklore attributes these accidents to the legendary Lorelei.


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