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No. 6 - Legend of the Kaatskills - Gretchen and Chorus

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Gretchen: From deep forest hoary,
Lift in awful glory
Mountains grey and old,
That myst'ry and tradition hold;
Never mortal daring
Thither reckless faring
E'er return'd the tale
To tell to maiden pale!
There, all nature slumbers,
Torrents still their numbers,
Silence over all
Throws her drowsy pall!
Oh! beware! take care, take care!
Whosoe'er thou art, by the dark glen straying!
Never dare to linger there,
By the trancèd solitude spell-bound delaying!
Spirits in the pale moonlight
From a long-forgotten past glide by,
Mortals to their doom invite,
Hearken not the weird temptation, fly, oh! fly!
Chorus: Oh! beware! take care, take care!
Whosoe'er thou art, by the dark glen straying!
Never dare to linger there!
All: Hearken not the weird temptation, fly, oh, fly!
   
Gretchen: Folks say that each demon
Once was daring seaman,
That with Hudson brave
Had perish'd in the Arctic wave;
Hudson, ocean rover,
Who, his wild life over,
Would in spirit be
Near his lov'd Tappenzee!
Dutch tars dress'd so quaintly,
Dutch songs sounding faintly
Tell that Hudson's band
Somewhere are at hand.
Oh! beware! take care, take care!
Whosoe'er thou art, by the dark glen straying!
Never dare to linger there,
By the trancèd solitude spell-bound delaying!
Spirits in the pale moonlight
From a long-forgotten past glide by,
Mortals to their doom invite,
Hearken not the weird temptation, fly, oh! fly!
Chorus: Oh! beware! take care, take care!
Whosoe'er thou art, by the dark glen straying!
Never dare to linger there!
All: Hearken not the weird temptation, fly, oh, fly!

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