Poet: Johann Gottfried von Herder
Dates: 25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803
Title of Poem: The Erl-King’s Daughter
Sir Olf rode fast towards Thurlston’s walls,
To meet his bride in his father’s halls.
He saw blue lights flit over the graves;
The elves came forth from their forest-caves.
They danced anear on the glossy strand,
And the Erl-King’s Daughter held out her hand.
“O, welcome, Sir Olf, to our jubilee!
Step into the circle and dance with me.”
“I dare not dance, I dare not stay;
To-morrow will be my nuptial-day.”
“Two golden spurs will I give unto thee,
And I pray thee, Sir Olf, to tarry with me.”
“I dare not tarry, I dare not delay,
To-morrow is fixed for my nuptial-day.”
“Will give thee a shirt so white and fine,
Was bleached yestreen in the new moonshine.”
“I dare not hearken…
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