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Toward midnight the Crusader came floating down the river
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Toward Midnight The Crusader Came Floating Down The River In A Boat, With His Trusty Cross-Bow In His Hands. He Drifted Silently Through The Dim Reflections Of The Crags And Trees, With His Intent Eyes Fixed Upon The Low Cliff Which He Was Approaching.

As he drew nearer, he discerned the black mouth of the cave.

Now - is that a white figure? Yes. The plaintive song begins to well forth and float away over meadow and river - the cross-bow is slowly raised to position, a steady aim is taken, the bolt flies straight to the mark - the figure sinks down, still singing, the knight takes the wool out of his ears, and recognizes the old ballad - too late! Ah, if he had only not put the wool in his ears!

The Crusader went away to the wars again, and presently fell in battle, fighting for the Cross. Tradition says that during several centuries the spirit of the unfortunate girl sang nightly from the cave at midnight, but the music carried no curse with it; and although many listened for the mysterious sounds, few were favored, since only those could hear them who had never failed in a trust. It is believed that the singing still continues, but it is known that nobody has heard it during the present century.

CHAPTER XVI An Ancient Legend of the Rhine [The Lorelei]

The last legend reminds one of the "Lorelei" - a legend of the Rhine. There is a song called "The Lorelei."

Germany is rich in folk-songs, and the words and airs of several of them are peculiarly beautiful - but "The Lorelei" is the people's favorite.

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