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“Well have I seen that castle,
That Castle by the Sea,
And the mist rise solemnly."
6. The winds and the waves of
ocean, Had they a merry chime ? Didst thou hear, from those lofty chambers,
The harp and the minstrel's rhyme ?”
The winds and the waves of ocean,
They rested quietly, But I heard on the gale a sound of wail,
And tears came to mine eye.”
" And sawest thou on the turrets
The King and his royal bride ? And the wave of their crimson mantles ?
And the golden crown of pride ?
“Led they not forth, in rapture,
A beauteous maiden there? Resplendent as the morning sun,
Beaming with golden hair?”
“ Well saw I the ancient parents,
Without the crown of pride ; They were moving slow, in weeds of woe,
No maiden was by their side !”
THE BLACK KNIGHT.
FROM THE GERMAN OF UHLAND.
'Twas Pentecost, the Feast of Gladness, When woods and fields put off all sadness.
Thus began the King and spake ; 6 So from the halls Of ancient Hofburg's walls,
A luxuriant Spring shall break.”
Drums and trumpets echo loudly,
From balcony the King looked on;
Before the monarch's stalwart son.
To the barrier of the fight
“Sir Knight! your name and scutcheon, say!” “ Should I speak it here, Ye would stand aghast with fear ;
I'm a Prince of mighty sway ! ”
When he rode into the lists,
And the castle 'gan to rock.
Hardly rises from the shock.
Pipe and viol call the dances,
Waves a mighty shadow in ;
Doth ask the maiden's hand,
Doth with her the dance begin ;
Danced in sable iron sark,
Coldly clasped her limbs around.
Down fall from her the fair
Flowerets, faded, to the ground.
To the sumptuous banquet came
'Twixt son and daughter all distraught, With mournful mind The ancient King reclined,
Gazed at them in silent thought.
Pale the children both did look,
“Golden wine will make you whole!” The children drank, Gave many a courteous thank;
“O that draught was very cool!”