Well, I'll read you this excerpt from a Wagner's Ring cycle article from a December 1898 issue of Scribner's Magazine:
"Deep in the darkness falls the flood,
Falls the flow of the waving waters
Billowly black, and the three Rhine--
Daughters sink in the gulf of the Rhine below,
And worlds of water fail and fall----
Light is lost in the purple pall,
Gone the Rhine-gold's gleam and glow,
Wakes the woe of the wan-world's will,
Laughs the Nibelung far and shrill----
He who the light of love renouncing,
Wins the will of the world his own,
Works of the red Rhine-gold, his ring!"
So, what does it read like? What did it describes?