Ein Gutes Neues! Here's another Wagnerism, on which I would welcome comments from native speakers. Towards the end of Götterdämmerung, Act III, Brünnhilde is about to toss the accursed Ring back to the Rhinemaidens, singing: ...des Rheines schwimmende Töchter, euch dank' ich redlichen Rath... All the Wörterbücher I have been able to consult define danken as an intransitive verb. So my question is, is this merely a Wagnerian oddity, or is there an (older?) usage of the verb danken with a direct (accusative) object as well as a dative of the person(s) to whom thanks are owed?