The Rhine-daughters' exultant cry of " Rhine-gold " is there tortured in an extremely remote modulation at the end of a very sinister transformation of the theme; and the orchestration, with its lurid but smothered brass instruments, its penetrating low reed tones and its weird drum-roll beaten on a suspended cymbal, is more awe-inspiring than anything dreamed of by the cleverest of those composers who do not create intellectual causes for their effects.
Now came an exultant brief from the pope.
"You have nothing to regret," he said sadly to the exultant chancellor, " but I have !
His letters show him half-exultant and half-terrified.
Their heads were cut off and despatched to Rome, where they were burnt on the Campus Martius by the exultant crowd.