"Lorelei", written by Heinrich Heine in 1823, and Ännchen von Tharau
were the first poems which I learned by heart in the early 1960's out of Teach Yourself More German
. I'm afraid in my early years I often used this poem to show off my knowledge of things German
The version I sing can be found in Lieder, Songs und Gospels 2
. The melody is by Friedrich Silcher (1838) who also wrote the melody for "Ännchen von Tharau". The song itself is fairly melancholic and is about a fair German siren on the Rhein luring a fisherman to doom.