By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe's most complicated and profound paintings, Faust was once the hassle of the nice poet's whole lifetime. Written over 60 years, it may be learn as a rfile of Goethe's ethical and inventive improvement. Faust is made on hand to the English reader in a totally new translation that communicates either its poetic type and its many degrees of tone. The language is present-day English, and Goethe's formal and rhythmic style is reproduced in all its richness.
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I think so stifled! The pillars and the partitions confine me, the vaulting presses down. – Air! 3820 SPIRIT. cross conceal! there isn't any hiding sin and dishonor! Air? mild? Woe to you! CHOIR. Quid sum miser tunc dicturus, 3825 quem patronum rogaturus, cum vix justus sit down securus? SPIRIT. All souls now blessed avoid their faces from you. people who are natural refuse in horror 3830 to arrive out to you. Woe! CHOIR. Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? GRETCHEN. stable neighbor, please! your salts! (She swoons. ) WALPURGIS evening within the Harz Mountains, close to Schierke and Elend. input FAUST and MEPHISTOPHELES. MEPHISTOPHELES. Do you now not want you had a broomstick? 3835 I wouldn’t brain a robust goat myself. this manner, it’s lengthy until eventually we succeed in our vacation spot. FAUST. whereas i think clean nonetheless, and my legs aren’t drained, this walking-stick is all i want. And what’s the purpose of shortening our direction? – 3840 To wander in a labyrinth of valleys after which to climb those rocks from which, eternally effervescent, water wells and plunges, is a pride that lends such walks as this their zest! Spring is now stirring within the birches, 3845 or even firs already consider its presence— why should still it now not have an effect on our limbs to boot? MEPHISTOPHELES. to inform the reality, I’ve spotted not anything of the type! It appears like wintry weather the following within me, and I’d favor a highway with snow and frost. 3850 How drearily with its belated glow the crimson moon’s crescent now's emerging and offers us such negative mild that each step you are taking you run right into a tree or rock! let me to summon a will-o’-the-wisp! 3855 I see one there who’s burning merrily. hello there, my pal! may well I ask you to affix us? Why blaze away to no sturdy goal? Be style sufficient to mild us up that slope! WILL-O’-THE-WISP. i am hoping that my admire for you 3860 will permit me reduce my buoyancy— our customized is to move via zigzags simply. MEPHISTOPHELES. good, good! your aim’s to mimic mankind. Now, through the satan, simply pass immediately or I’ll blow out your flicker of existence! 3865 WISP. You’re lord and grasp right here, that’s undeniable to determine, and I’ll accommodate myself to you with excitement. take note, notwithstanding, the mountain’s magic-mad this night, and if a will-o’-the-wisp’s to be your advisor, you want to now not be specific. 3870 FAUST, MEPHISTOPHELES, WISP (singing via turns). it should appear we’ve been admitted to the field of desires and magic. consultant us good, do your self credits, velocity us on our travels onward in those colossal, abandoned areas! 3875 I see bushes, and bushes in the back of them, relocating earlier us in a rush, and notice cliffs that make obeisance, and people rocks with their lengthy noses noisily snoring loudly—hear them blowing! 3880 throughout the stones and turf are flowing rill and streams that hasten downward. Are these murmurs, is that making a song? Do I listen love’s candy lamenting, voices from my days of heaven— 3885 days of affection and all we are hoping for! Echo, like an old legend, makes answer off within the distance. Hoo, hoo-hoo! —the sound comes nearer; have the owl and jay and plover 3890 all remained wide awake at the hours of darkness? Are these lengthy legs and fats bellies within the trees salamanders?