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Der Erlkonig by Jinjou
Der Erlkonig
Illustration for the 1782 Goethe's poeme : Der Erlkönig

Who rides there so late through the night dark and drear?
The father it is, with his infant so dear;
He holdeth the boy tightly clasp'd in his arm,
He holdeth him safely, he keepeth him warm.

"My son, wherefore seek'st thou thy face thus to hide?"
"Look, father, the Erl-King is close by our side!
Dost see not the Erl-King, with crown and with train?"
"My son, 'tis the mist rising over the plain."

"Oh, come, thou dear infant! oh come thou with me!
For many a game I will play there with thee;
On my strand, lovely flowers their blossoms unfold,
My mother shall grace thee with garments of gold."

"My father, my father, and dost thou not hear
The words that the Erl-King now breathes in mine ear?"
"Be calm, dearest child, 'tis thy fancy deceives;
'Tis the sad wind that sighs through the withering leaves."

"Wilt go, then, dear infant, wilt go with me there?
My daughters shall tend thee with sisterly care;
My daughters by night their glad festival keep,
They'll dance thee, and rock thee, and sing thee to sleep."

"My father, my father, and dost thou not see,
How the Erl-King his daughters has brought here for me?"
"My darling, my darling, I see it aright,
'Tis the aged grey willows deceiving thy sight."

"I love thee, I'm charm'd by thy beauty, dear boy!
And if thou'rt unwilling, then force I'll employ."
"My father, my father, he seizes me fast,
For sorely the Erl-King has hurt me at last."

The father now gallops, with terror half wild,
He grasps in his arms the poor shuddering child;
He reaches his courtyard with toil and with dread, –
The child in his arms finds he motionless, dead.


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drawmokie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional Artist
draw mokie
Amaryan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the watch !
Jinjou Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
You're welcome :)
CaptainGhostly Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist
:icondbthx1::icondbthx2::icondbthx3: :happybounce:
Have a cookie! :iconcookienomplz:
Jinjou Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Whoo ! Love cookies :love:
You're welcome 
Drimr Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for faving my sketches ^^
Jinjou Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
You're welcome ;)
Cawouet Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci beaucoup pour le watch =)
GnomesAndCookies Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Thanks for the fav :iconcookieforyouplz:
Jinjou Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
You're welcome... It's merited :D
You draw very well :meow:
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