Helen Traubel sings - magnificently - Isolde's Narrative and Curse from the first act of Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE.
"With the gleaming sword,
I stood over him,
Ready to avenge Morold's death.
He looked up - not at the sword,
not at my hand -
he looked into my eyes.
touched my heart.
The sword...I let it fall!
His wound I healed so that he could travel homeward...and no longer trouble me with his gaze."