Opera Stories from Wagner
By Florence Akin
Public Domain Books
The Sad Rhine-Daughters
After that, when the Rhine-daughters came to the rock where the gold had been, they could not sing their happy song.
Their faces were very sad now, and they said: “Oh, why did Alberich steal our beautiful gold? It cannot make him happy, for no one can ever be truly happy who does not know love.”
They often sat upon the rocks in the dusk of the evening and cried as if their hearts would break because they had lost their gold.
“The black waves surge in sorrow through the depths, And all the Rhine is wailing in its woe.”