[[#16]] The Rhinedaughters' song, dance, and verse in praise of the Rhinegold
The Rhinedaughters as muses of the arts, representing instinct, musical feeling, as the basis for aesthetic intuition
(#16’s motival links, if any, not yet ascertained)
[[#17ab]] “World Inheritance” (The power of the human mind)
By forging a Ring from the Rhinegold, one would gain limitless power. This is a symbol symbol for the power of the human mind, which grants man power over his world unknown to any other animals
“Alberich: is the gold good only for your diving games? Then it would serve me little.
Woglinde: [#Music expressing the Rhinedaughters’ joy gradually transforms into #17] The golden jewel he’d not despise if only he knew all its wonders.
Wellgunde: [[ #17 ]] The world's inheritance would be won by him who forged from the Rhinegold the ring that would grant him limitless power.
Flosshilde: Father told us and bound us over to guard the bright hoard wisely that no false thief should filch it from the flood: be silent, then, you babbling brood!
Wellgunde: Wisest of sisters, why complain? Do you not know to whom alone it is given to forge the gold?
Woglinde: [[ #18 ]] Only the man who forswears love's sway, only he who disdains love's delights, can master the magic spell that rounds a ring from the gold."