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The father shudders, his ride is wild,  In his arms he's holding the groaning child,  Reaches the court with toil and dread. -  The child he held in his arms was dead.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The Erl-King

The Erlkönig is a ballad by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which he wrote in 1782 and is one of his most famous works. On a stormy night, a father, his little son in his arms, rides through a dark forest. The child believes in the darkness to recognize the figure of the Erlkönigs and frightens itself ....
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