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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...breathes its pure air, can well feel why life used to cluster thickly around its shores. There is one little corner of the lake--an open bay overhung by dark woods and covered with lilies, that reminded me one evening, when white mists were gathering over it, of a little German ballad. Perhaps the connection is of the slightest, but it will warrant me in giving a translation of what, in the original, seemed to me beautiful. The Mummelsee is a small, gloomy lake in the Black Forest, near Baden-Baden. MnmmclQtc: a hallab from tlje (Barman. Tho1 Mummers lake is lone and drear, Yet there the lilies bright are blooming, And, bending low, their kiss they yield, The wanton breeze of morn perfuming. But when the night on earth comes down, And the white moon puts on her crown, From the dark wave each flower uprises, Like youthful maids in festal guises. The winds that whistle through the grove Give fitting music for their dances, While on the shore each Lily-maid Through mazy circles deftly glances. Their graceful forms, how slight, how frail! How white their robes, their cheeks how pale! Till the warm dance at length discloses, Among the lilies, blended roses! Now howls the wind, now rolls the storm, Through gloomy forests fiercely sweeping; The moon in clouds has hid her form, And murkier shades o'er earth are creeping. Still, up and down the dance goes round To the tempest tune, on the rough, wet ground, "While the foam on the lake-wave whiter flashes, As its crests on the shore it higher dashes. An arm from out the lake is raised, A giant hand and clench'd outthrowing, A dripping head, with sedges crowned, With a white heard long and flowing. Then a voice is heard, with a thunder tone That echoes afar through the mountains lone, "Back, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236643259
  • 9781236643254