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the values and traditions which once flowed from religious faith, and continued to flow from it even after its day was done.

The Gibichung vassals, taken aback and pleasantly surprised by Hagen’s wholly uncharacteristic gaiety, sing a choral song in mocking praise of his transformation into a jolly wedding herald, set to segments of #168 and #171. Hagen asks them to grow serious now that Gunther and Bruennhilde are coming ashore, and sternly warns them – a premonition of dark things to come, set to #172 – to loyally serve their new lady, and be swift to vengeance if wrong befalls her. They now prepare to sing a grand welcome to Gunther as he steps ashore with Bruennhilde in hand.

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