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“ She cursed me! her hand to my bosom The press’d; " Death follow'd the touch, and now freezes
breaft! “ She cursed me, and said, “ To your lady now ride;" “Oh! ne'er shall my lips press the lips of my bride."
-“ Now riddle me, Oluf, and what shall I say,
"Oh! say, I am gone for a while to the wood,
Scarce dead was Sir Oluf, and scarce shone the day,
They drank the red wine, and they ate the good cheer; -_“Oh! where is Sir Oluf! oh, where -“Sir Oluf is gone for awhile to the wood, “ To prove if his hounds and his coursers are good.”
Sore trembled the lady, fo fair and so gay;
With gentle murmur flow'd the tide,
The Water-Fiend's malignant eye
“Oh! mother! mother! now advise, “ How I may yonder maid surprise : “ Oh! mother! mother! now explain, “How I may yonder maid obtain."
The witch she gave him armour white;
The Water-King then swift he went ;
His courfer to the door bound he,
The priest said, as the knight drew near,
" And wherefore comes the white chicf here?". The lovely maid she smiled aside ;
" Oh! would I were the white chief's bride!”
He stepp'd o'er benches one and two; -"Oh! lovely maid, I die for you He stepp'd o'er benches two and three ;
" Oh! lovely maiden, go with me!"
Then sweetly smiled the lovely maid ;
-“ Betide me joy, betide me woe,
The priest their hands together joins ;
Oh! had some spirit deign'd to sing,
But nothing giving cause to think
-“ Afcend this steed with me, my dear! “ We needs must cross the streamlet here: “ Ride boldly in : it is not deep; “ The winds are hush'd, the billows sleep."
Thus spoke the Water-King. The maid
.“ Stop ! stop! my love! The waters blue “ E'en now my shrinking foot bedew.”— —“Oh! lay aside your fears, sweet heart! “ We now have reach'd the deepest part.”.
_“Stop! ftop! my love ! For now I see “ 'The waters rise above
knee." - Oh! lay aside your fears, sweet heart! “ We now have reach'd the deepest part.”
Stop! stop! for God's sake, stop! for oh!
She shrieks, but shrieks in vain; for high
Three times, while struggling with the stream,
Warn’d by this tale, ye damsels fair,