Parnassian Moments 18 December: Johann Gottfried von Herder


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Johann Gottfried von Herder Johann Gottfried von Herder

Poet: Johann Gottfried von Herder

Dates: 25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803

Nationality: German

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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I am a freelance writer and poet and started writing after raising my two boys as a way of discovering just who Jez is. That is still very much an on-going project but the journey so far has introduced me to many wonderful friends and fellow writers through an ever growing love of poetry.
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