Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Faust Part I
(Scenes IV to VI)
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Scene IV: The Study
††††††††† Ah, now, you please me.
I hope weíll get along together:
To drive away the gloomy weather,
Iím dressed like young nobility,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1535
In a scarlet gold-trimmed coat,
In a little silk-lined cloak,
A cockerel feather in my hat,
With a long, pointed sword,
And I advise you, at that,† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1540
To do as I do, in a word:
So that, footloose, fancy free,
You can experience Life, with me.
This life of earth, its narrowness,
Pains me, however Iím turned out,†† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1545
Iím too old to play about,
Too young, still, to be passionless.
What can the world bring me again?
Abstain! You shall! You must! Abstain!
Thatís the eternal song††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1550
That in our ears, forever, rings
The one, that, our whole life long,
Every hour, hoarsely, sings.
I wake in terror with the dawn,
I cry, the bitterest tears, to see† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1555
Day grant no wish of mine, not one
As it passes by on its journey.
Even presentiments of joy
Ebb, in wilful depreciation:
A thousand grimaces life employs†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1560
To hinder me in creation.
Then when night descends I must
Stretch out, worried, on my bed:
What comes to me is never rest,
But some wild dream instead. †††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1565
The God that lives inside my heart,
Can rouse my innermost seeing:
The one enthroned beyond my art,
Canít stir external being:
And so existence is a burden: sated,†††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1570
Deathís desired, and Life is hated.
Yet Deathís a guest whoís visitís never wholly celebrated.
Happy the man whom victory enhances,
Whose brow the bloodstained laurel warms,
Who, after the swift whirling dances,†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1575
Finds himself in some girlís arms!
If only, in my joy, then, Iíd sunk down
Before that enrapturing Spirit power!
Yet someone, from a certain brown
Liquid, drank not a drop, at midnight hour.††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1580
It seems that you delight in spying.
I know a lot: and yet Iím not all-knowing.
When sweet familiar tones drew me,
Away from the tormenting crowd,
Then my other childhood feelings †††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1585
Better times echoed, and allowed.
So I curse whatever snares the soul,
In its magical, enticing arms,
Banishes it to this mournful hole,
With dazzling, seductive charms!††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1590
Cursed be those high Opinions first,
With which the mind entraps itself!
Then glittering Appearance curse,
In which the senses lose themselves!
Curse what deceives us in our dreaming,†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1595
With thoughts of everlasting fame!
Curse the flattery of Ďpossessingí
Wife and child, lands and name!
Curse Mammon, when he drives us
To bold acts to win our treasure:†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1600
Or straightens out our pillows
For us to idle at our leisure!
Curse the sweet juice of the grape!
Curse the highest favours Love lets fall!
Cursed be Hope! Cursed be Faith,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1605
And cursed be Patience most of all!
Choir of Spirits (Unseen)
Youíve destroyed it,
The beautiful world,
With a powerful fist:††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1610
It tumbles, itís hurled
To ruin! A demigod crushed it!
Fragments into the void,
And sadly††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1615
Lament the Beauty thatís gone.
For all of Earthís sons,
Build it again,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1620
Build, in your heart!
Lifeís new start,
With senses washed clean,
And sound, then,††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1625
A newer art!
Theyíre little, but fine,
These attendants of mine.
Precocious advice they give, listen,
Regarding both action, and passion!††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1630
Into the World outside,
From Solitude, thatís dried
Your sap and senses,
They tempt us.
Stop playing with grief,††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1635
That feeds, a vulture, on your breast,
The worst society, youíll find, will prompt belief,
That youíre a Man among the rest.
Not that I mean
To shove you into the mass.†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1640
Among Ďthe greatsí, Iím second-class:
But if you, in my company,
Your path through life would wend,
Iíll willingly condescend
To serve you, as we go.†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1645
Iím your man, and so,
If it suits you of course,
Iím your slave: Iím yours!
And what must I do in exchange?
Thereís lots of time: youíve got the gist.††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1650
No, no! The Devil is an egotist,
Does nothing lightly, or in Godís name,
To help another, so I insist,
Speak your demands out loud,
Such servants are risks, in a house.††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1655
Iíll be your servant here, and Iíll
Not stop or rest, at your decree:
When weíre together, on the other side,
Youíll do the same for me.
The Ďother sideí concerns me less:†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1660
Shatter this world, in pieces,
The other one can take its place,
The root of my joyís on this Earth,
And this Sun lights my sorrow:
If I must part from them tomorrow,††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1665
What can or will be, that Iíll face.
Iíll hear no more of it, of whether
In that future, men both hate and love,
Or whether in those spheres, forever,
Weíre given a below and an above.†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1670
In that case, you can venture all.
Commit yourself: today, you shall
View my arts with joy: I mean
To show you what no man has seen.
Poor devil what can you give? When has ever†††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1675
A human spirit, in its highest endeavour,
Been understood by such a one as you?
You have a never-satiating food,
You have your restless gold, a slew
Of quicksilver, melting in the hand,††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1680
Games whose prize no man can land,
A girl, who while sheís on my arm,
Snares a neighbour, with her eyes:
And Honourís fine and godlike charm,
That, like a meteor, dies?††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1685
Show me fruits then that rot, before theyíre ready.
And trees grown green again, each day, too!
Such commands donít frighten me:
With such treasures I can truly serve you.
Still, my good friend, a time may come,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1690
When one prefers to eat whatís good in peace.
When I lie quiet in bed, at ease.
Then let my time be done!
If you fool me, with flatteries,
Till my own selfís a joy to me,††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1695
If you snare me with luxury Ė
Let that be the last day I see!
That bet Iíll make!
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† † And quickly!
When, to the Moment then, I say:
ĎAh, stay a while! You are so lovely!í††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1700
Then you can grasp me: then you may,
Then, to my ruin, Iíll go gladly!
Then they can ring the passing bell,
Then from your service you are free,
The clocks may halt, the hands be still,††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1705
And time be past and done, for me!
Consider well, weíll not forget.
You have your rights, complete:
I never over-estimate my powers.
Iíll be a slave, in defeat:††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1710
Why ask whose slave or yours?
Today, likewise, at the Doctorsí Feast
Iíll do my duty as your servant.
One thing, though! Ė Re: life and death, I want
A few lines from you, at the least.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1715
You pedant, you demand it now in writing?
You still wonít take Manís word for anything?
Itís not enough that the things I say,
Will always accord with my future?
The world never ceases to wear away,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1720
And shall a promise bind me, then, forever?
Yet thatís the illusion in our minds,
And who then would be free of it?
Happy the man, who pure truth finds,
And whoíll never deign to sacrifice it!†††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1725
Still a document, written and signed,
Thatís a ghost makes all men fear it.
The word is already dying in the pen,
And wax and leather hold the power then.
What do you want from me base spirit?†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1730
Will iron: marble: parchment: paper do it?
Shall I write with stylus, pen or chisel?
Iíll leave the whole decision up to you.
Why launch into oratory too?
Hot-tempered: you exaggerate as well.††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1735
Any bit of paperís just as good.
And you can sign it with a drop of blood.
If it will satisfy you, and it should,
Then letís complete the farce in full.
Blood is a quite special fluid.††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1740
Have no fear Iíll break this pact!
The extreme I can promise you: it is
All the power my efforts can extract.
Iíve puffed myself up so highly
I belong in your ranks now.††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1745
The mighty Spirit scorns me
And Nature shuts me out.
The thread of thought has turned to dust,
Knowledge fills me with disgust.
Let the depths of sensuality†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1750
Satisfy my burning passion!
And, its impenetrable mask on,
Let every marvel be prepared for me!
Letís plunge into timeís torrent,
Into the whirlpools of event!††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1755
Then let joy, and distress,
Frustration, and success,
Follow each other, as well they can:
Restless activity proves the man!
No goal or measureís set for you.† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1760
Do as you wish, nibble at everything,
Catch at fragments while youíre flying,
Enjoy it all, whatever you find to do.
Now grab at it, and donít be stupid!
Itís not joy weíre about: you heard it.††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1765
Iíll take the frenzy, pain-filled elation,
Loving hatred, enlivening frustration.
Cured of its urge to know, my mind
In future, will not hide from any pain,
And what is shared by all mankind,†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1770
In my innermost self, Iíll contain:
My soul will grasp the high and low,
My heart accumulate its bliss and woe,
So this self will embrace all theirs,
That, in the end, their fate it shares.†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1775
Believe me, many a thousand year
Theyíve chewed hard food, and yet
From the cradle to the bier,
Not one has ever digested it!
Trust one of us, this Whole thing††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1780
Was only made for a godís delight!
In eternal splendour he is dwelling,
He placed us in the darkness quite,
And only gave you day and night.
But, I will!†† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1785
††††††††† ††††††††† Thatís good to hear!
Yet Iíve a fear, just the one:
Time is short, and art is long.
I think you need instruction.
Join forces with a poet: use poetry,
Let him roam in imagination,††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1790
Youíll gain every noble quality
From your honorary occupation,
The lionís brave attitude
The wild stagís swiftness,
The Italianís fiery blood,† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1795
The Northís persistence.
Let him find the mysterious
Meeting of generous and devious,
While you, with passions young and hot,
Fall in love, according to the plot.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1800
Iíd like to see such a gentleman, among us,
And Iíd call him Mister Microcosmus.
What am I then, if itís a flight too far,
For me to gain that human crown
I yearn towards with every sense I own?††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1805
In the end, you are Ė what you are.
Set your hair in a thousand curlicues
Place your feet in yard-high shoes,
Youíll remain forever, what you are.
All the treasures of the human spirit††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1810
I feel that Iíve expended, uselessly.
And wherever, at the last, I sit,
No new power flows, in me.
Iím not a hairís breadth taller, as you see,
And Iím no nearer to Infinity. †††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1815
My dear sir, you see the thing
Exactly as all men see it: why,
We must re-order everything,
Before the joys of life slip by.
Hang it! Hands and feet, belong to you,†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1820
Certainly, a head, and a backside,
Yet everything I use as new
Why is my ownership of it denied?
When I can count on six stallions,
Isnít their horsepower mine to use?††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1825
I drive behind, and am a proper man,
As though Iíd twenty-four legs, too.
Look lively! Leave the senses be,
And plunge into the world with me!
I say to you that scholarly fellows†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1830
Are like the cattle on an arid heath:
Some evil spirit leads them round in circles,
While sweet green meadows lie beneath.
How shall we begin then?
††††††††† ††††††††† From here, weíll first win free.
What kind of a martyrsí hole can this be?†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1835
What kind of a teacher of life is he,
Who fills young minds with ennui?
Let your neighbours do it, and go!
Do you want to thresh straw forever?
The best things you can ever know,††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1840
You dare not tell the youngsters, ever.
I hear one of them arriving, too!
Iíve no desire to see him, though.
The poor ladís waited hours for you.
He mustnít go away un-consoled.†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1845
Come: give me your cap and gown.
The mask should look delicious. So!
(He disguises himself.)
Now Iíve lost what witís my own!
I want fifteen minutes with him, only:
Meanwhile get ready for our journey!††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1850
Mephistopheles (In Faustís long gown.)
Reason and Science you despise,
Manís highest powers: now the lies
Of the deceiving spirit must bind you
With those magic arts that blind you,
And Iíll have you, totally Ė††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1855
Fate gave him such a spirit
It urges him ever onwards, wildly,
And, in his hasty striving, he has leapt
Beyond all earthís ecstasies.
Iíll drag him through raw life,††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1860
Through the meaningless and shallow,
Iíll freeze him: stick to him: keep him ripe,
Frustrate his insatiable greed, allow
Food and drink to drift before his eyes:
In vain heíll beg for consummation,†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1865
And if he werenít the devilís, why
Heíd still go to his ruination!
(A student enters.)
Iím only here momentarily,
Iíve come, filled with humility,
To speak to, and to stand before,†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 1870
One whoís spoken of with awe.
Your courtesy delights me greatly!
A man like other men you see.
Have you studied then, elsewhere?
I beg you, please enrol me, here!†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1875
I come to you strong of courage,
Lined in pocket, healthy for my age:
My mother didnít want to lose me: though,
Iíd like to learn what itís right for me to know.
Then youíve come to the right place, exactly.††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1880
To be honest, Iíd like to go already:
Thereís little pleasure for me at all,
In these walls, and all these halls.
Itís such a narrow space I find,
You see no trees, no leaves of any kind,††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1885
And in the lectures, on the benches,
All thought deserts me, and my senses.
It will only come to you with habit.
So the child takes its motherís breast
Quite unwillingly at first, and yet it†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1890
Soon sucks away at her with zest.
So will you at Wisdomís breast, here,
Feel every day a little zestier.
Iíll cling to her neck with pleasure:
But only tell me how to find her.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1895
Explain, before you travel on
What faculty youíve settled on.
I want to be a true scholar,
I want to grasp, by the collar,
Whatís on earth, in heaven above,††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1900
In Science, and in Nature too.
Then hereís the very path for you,
But donít allow yourself to wander off.
Iíll be present heart and soul:
Of course Iíll want to play,†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1905
Have some fun and freedom, though,
On each sweet summer holiday.
Use your time well: it slips away so fast, yet
Discipline will teach you how to win it.
My dear friend, Iíd advise, in sum,†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1910
First, the Collegium Logicum.
There your mind will be trained,
As if in Spanish boots, constrained,
So that painfully, as it ought,
It creeps along the way of thought,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1915
Not flitting about all over,
Wandering here and there.
So youíll learn, in many days,
What you used to do, untaught, as in a haze,
Like eating now, and drinking, youíll see†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1920
The necessity of One! Two! Three!
Truly the intricacy of logic
Is like a master-weaverís fabric,
Where the loom holds a thousand threads,
Here and there the shuttles go †† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1925
And the threads, invisibly, flow,
One pass serves for a thousand instead.
Then the philosopher steps in: heíll show
That it certainly had to be so:
The first was - so, the second - so,††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1930
And so, the third and fourth were - so:
If first and second had never been,
Third and fourth would not be seen.
All praise the scholars, beyond believing,
But few of them ever turn to weaving.††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 1935
To know and note the living, youíll find it
Best to first dispense with the spirit:
Then with the pieces in your hand,
Ah! Youíve only lost the spiritual bond.
†ĎNatural treatmentí, Chemistry calls it††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1940
Mocks at herself, and doesnít know it.
Iím not sure that I quite understand.
Youíll soon know it all, as planned,
When youíve learnt the science of reduction,
And everythingís proper classification.†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1945
After all that, I feel as stupid
As if Iíd a mill wheel in my head.
Next, before all else, youíll fix
Your mind on Metaphysics!
See that youíre profoundly trained†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1950
In what never stirs in a human brain:
Youíll learn a splendid word
For whatís occurred or not occurred.
But for the present take six months
To get yourself in order: start at once.††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 1955
Five hours every day, lock
Yourself in, with a ticking clock!
Make sure youíre well prepared,
Study each paragraph with care,
So afterwards youíll be certain††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1960
Only whatís in the book, was written:
Then be as diligent when you pen it,
As if the Holy Ghost had said it!
You wonít need to tell me twice!
I think, myself, itís very helpful, too†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1965
That one can take back home, and use,
What someoneís penned in black and white.
But choose a faculty, any one!
I wouldnít be comfortable with Law.
I couldnít name you anything more††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1970
Vile, I know how dogmatic itís become.
Laws and rights are handed down
Itís an eternal disgrace:
Theyíre moved round from town to town
Dragged around from place to place.†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1975
Reason is nonsense, kindness a disease,
If youíre a grandchild itís a curse!
The rights we are born with,
To those, alas, no one refers!
That just strengthens my disgust.† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1980
Happy the student that you instruct!
Iíve nearly settled on Theology.
I wouldnít wish to guide you erroneously.
In what that branch of knowledge concerns
Itís so difficult to avoid a fallacious route,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1985
Thereís so much poison hidden in what you learn,
And itís barely distinguishable from the antidote.
The best thing hereís to make a single choice,
Then simply swear by your masterís voice.
On the whole, to words stick fast!†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 1990
Through the safest gate youíll pass
To the Temple of Certainty.
Yet surely words must have a sense.
Why, yes! But donít torment yourself with worry,
Where sense fails itís only necessary†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 1995
To supply a word, and change the tense.
With words fine arguments can be weighted,
With words whole Systems can be created,
With words, the mind does its conceiving,
No word suffers a jot from thieving.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2000
Forgive me, I delay you with my questions,
But I must trouble you again,
On the subject of Medicine,
Have you no helpful word to say?
Three years, so little time applied,††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2005
And, God, the field is rather wide!
If only you had some kind of pointer,
You would feel so much further on.
Iím tired of this desiccated banter
I really must play the devil, at once.††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2010
To grasp the spirit of Medicineís easily done:
You study the great and little world, until,
In the end you let it carry on
Just as God wills.
Useless to roam round, scientifically:†††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2015
Everyone learns only what he can:
The one who grasps the Moment fully,
Heís the proper man.
Youíre quite a well-made fellow,
Youíre not short of courage too,††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2020
And when youíre easy with yourself,
Others will be easy with you.
Study, especially, female behaviour:
Their eternal aches and woes,
All of the thousand-fold,†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2025
Rise from one point, and have one cure.
And if youíre half honourable about it
You shall have them in your pocket.
A title first: to give them comfort you
Have skills that far exceed the others,††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2030
Then youíre free to touch the goods, and view
What someone else has prowled around for years.
Take the pulse firmly, you understand,
And then, with sidelong fiery glance,
Grasp the slender hips, in haste,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† †††††††††2035
To find out whether sheís tight-laced.
That sounds much better! The Where and How, I see.
Grey, dear friend, is all theory,
And green the golden tree of life.
I swear itís like a dream to me: may I††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2040
Trouble you, at some further time,
To expound your wisdom, so sublime?
As much as I can, Iíll gladly explain.
I canít tear myself away,
I must just pass you my album, sir,††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2045
Grant me the favour of your signature!
(He writes and gives the book back.)
Student (Reading Mephistophelesí Latin inscription which means: ĎYouíll be like God, acquainted with good and evilí.)
Eritis sicut Deus, scientes bonum et malum.
(He makes his bows, and takes his leave.)
Just follow the ancient text, and my mother the snake, too:
And then your likeness to God will surely frighten you!†††††††††††† ††††††††† 2050
Where will we go, then?
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† † Where you please.
The little world, and then the great, weíll see.
With what profit and delight,
This term, youíll be a parasite!
Yet with my long beard, Iíll††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2055
Lack lifeís superficial style.
My attempt will come to nothing:
I know, in this world, I donít fit in.
I feel so small next to other men,
It only means embarrassment.††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2060
My friend, just give yourself completely to it:
When you find yourself, youíll soon know how to live it.
How shall we depart from here, then?
I see not one servant, coach, or horse.
Weíll just spread this cloak wide open,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2065
Then through the air weíll take our course.
For a daring trip like this weíre on,
Better not take much baggage along.
A little hot air Iíll ready, first,
To lift us nimbly above the Earth,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2070
And as weíre light weíll soon get clear:
Congratulations on your new career!
(Friends happily drinking.)
Will none of you laugh? Nobody drink?
Iíll have to teach you to smile, I think!
Youíre all of you like wet straw today,††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2075
And usually youíre well away.
Thatís up to you, you bring us nothing.
Nothing dumb, or dirty, nothing.
You can have both!
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† Rotten swine!
You wanted them both, so you got mine!†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2080
Out the door, whoever fights! Get out!
Letís sing a heart-felt chorus, drink and shout!
Up! Hurray! Ha!
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††† Ah! Iím in agony!
Earplugs, here! This fellowís deafened me.
Itís only when it echoes in the tower,†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2085
You hear a bass voiceís real power.
Right, out with him who takes offence!
Ah! Do, re, me!
Ah! Do, re, me!
Our throats are tuned: commence.
ĎDear Holy Roman Empire,††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2090
How do you hold together?í
A lousy song! Bah! A political song -
A tiresome song! Thank God, every morning,
It isnít you who must sit there worrying
About the Empire! At least Iím better for††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2095
Not being a King or a Chancellor.
But we should have a leader, so
Weíll choose a Pope of our own.
You know the qualities that can
Swing the vote, and elevate the man.††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2100
ĎSing away, sweet Nightingale,
Greet my girl, and never fail.í
Donít greet my girl! Iíll not allow it!
Greet and kiss her! Youíll not stop it!
ĎSlip the bolt in deepest night!†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2105
Slip it! Wake, the lover bright.
Slip it to! At break of dawn.í
Yes, sing in praise of her, and boast: sing on!
Iíll laugh later when it suits:
She leads me a dance, sheíll lead you too.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2110
She should have a dwarf for a lover!
At the crossroads, let him woo her:
An old goat from Blocksberg, galloping over,
Can bleat goodnight, as it passes by her.
An honest man, of flesh and blood,††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2115
For a girl like thatís far too good.
Iím not bothered even to say hello
Except perhaps to break her window.
Brander (Pounding on the table.)
Quiet! Quiet! Or you wonít hear!
I know about life, you lot, confess.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2120
Besotted persons sit among us,
As fits their status, then, I must
Give them, tonight, of my very best.
Listen! A song in the newest strain!
And you can shout out the refrain!†† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2125
ĎOnce there was a cellar rat,
Who lived on grease, and butter:
He had a belly, round and fat,
Just like Doctor Luther.
The cook set poison round about:††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2130
It brought on such a violent bout,
As if heíd love inside him.í
ĎAs if heíd love inside him!í
ĎHe ran here, and he ran there,
And drank from all the puddles,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2135
Gnawing, scratching, everywhere,
But nothing cured his shudders.
In torment, he leapt to the roof,
Poor beast, soon heíd had enough,
As if heíd love inside him.í††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2140
ĎAs if heíd love inside him!í
ĎFear drove him to the light of day,
Into the kitchen then he ran,
Fell on the hearth and twitched away,
Pitifully weak, and wan.†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2145
Then the murderess laughed with glee:
Heís on his last legs, I see,
As if heíd love inside him.í
ĎAs if heíd love inside him.í
How pleased they are, the tiresome fools!†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2150
Spreading poison for wretched rats,
To me, thatís the right thing to do!
Youíre in sympathy with them, perhaps?
That fat belly with a balding head!
Bad luck makes him meek and mild:††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2155
From a swollen rat, he sees, with dread,
His own natural likeness is compiled.
(Faust and Mephistopheles appear.)
First of all, I had to bring you here,
Where cheerful friends sup together,
To see how happily life slips away.†† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2160
For these folk every dayís a holiday.
With lots of leisure, and little sense,
They revolve in their round-dance,
Chasing their tails as kittens prance,
If the hangovers arenít too intense,††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2165
If the landlord gives them credit,
Theyíre cheerful, and unworried by it.
Theyíre fresh from their travelling days,
You can tell by their foreign ways:
Theyíve not been back an hour: you see. †††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2170
True, youíre right! My Leipzigís dear to me!
Itís a little Paris, and educates its people.
Who do you think the strangers are?
Let me find out! Iíll draw the truth,
From those two, with a brimming glass,††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2175
As easily as youíd pull a childís tooth.
It seems to me theyíre of some noble house,
They look so discontented and so proud.
Theyíre surely strolling players, Iíd guess!
††††† Watch me screw it out of them, then!††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2180
These folk wouldnít feel the devil, even
If heíd got them dangling by the neck.
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Thank you, and greetings.††††
(He mutters away, inspecting Mephistopheles side-on.)†††
Whatís wrong with his foot: whyís he limping?
Allow us to sit with you, if you please.††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2185
Instead of fine ale that canít be had,
We can still have good company.
You seem a choosy sort of lad.
Was it late when you started out from Rippach?
Perhaps you dined with Hans there, first?††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2190
We passed straight by, today, without a rest!
We spoke to him last some time back,
When he talked a lot about his cousins,
And he sent to each his kind greetings.
(He bows to Frosch.)
He did you, there! Heís smart!
†† A shrewd customer!††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2195
Wait, Iíll have him soon, Iím sure!
If Iím not wrong, we heard
A tuneful choir singing?
Iím sure, with this vault, the words
Must really set it ringing!††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2200
Are you by any chance a virtuoso?
No! Though my desire is great, my skill is only so-so.
Give us a song!
If you wish it, a few.
So long as itís a brand-new one!
Well, itís from Spain that weíve just come,††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2205
The lovely land of wine, and singing too.
ĎThere was once a king, who
Had a giant fleaí Ė
Listen! Did you get that? A flea.
A fleaís an honest guest to me.††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2210
ĎThere was once a king, who
Had a giant flea,
He loved him very much, oh,
He was like a son, you see.
The king called for his tailor,††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2215
He came right away:
Now, measure up the lad for
A suit of clothes, I say!í
Make sure the tailorís sharp,
And cuts them out precisely,†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2220
And, since his sonís dear to his heart,
Make sure thereís never a crease to see.
ĎAll in silk and velvet,
He was smartly dressed,
With ribbons on his coat,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2225
A cross upon his chest.
He was the First Minister,
And so he wore a star:
His brothers and his sisters,
He made noblest by far.†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2230
The lords and the ladies,
They were badly smitten,
The Queen and her maids,
They were stung and bitten.
They didnít dare to crush them,† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† †††††††††2235
Or scratch away, all night.
We smother them, and crush them,
The moment that they bite.í
ĎWe smother them, and crush them,
The moment that they bite.í††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2240
Bravo! Bravo! That went sweetly!
So shall it be with every flea!
Sharpen your nails, and crush them fine!
Long live freedom, and long live wine!
Iíd love to drink a glass, in freedomís honour,††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2245
If only the wine were a little better.
Not again, we donít want to hear!
I fear the landlord might complain
Or Iíd give these worthy guests,
One of my cellarís very best.†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2250
Just bring it on! Heíll accept it: Iíll explain.
Make it a good glass and weíll praise it.
But donít make it so small we canít taste it.
Because if Iím truly going to decide,
I need a really big mouthful inside.††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2255
Theyíre from the Rhine, as I guessed.
Bring me a corkscrew!
†††††††† †††††††††† ††††††††† ††What for?
Is it outside already, this cask?
Thereís one in the landlordís toolbox, for sure.
Now, what would you like to try?††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2260
What? Is there a selection, too?
Thereís a choice for every one of you.
Altmayer (To Frosch.)
Ah! You soon catch on: your lips are dry?
Good! When Iíve a choice, I drink Rhenish.
The Fatherland grants those best gifts to us.††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2265
Bring me a little wax, to make the seals, as well!
Ah, thatís for the conjuring trick, I can tell.
Mephistopheles (To Brander.)
†††††† Champagne for me is fine:
Make it a truly sparkling wine!
(Mephistopheles bores the holes: one of the others makes the wax stoppers and stops the holes with them.)
We canít always shun whatís foreign,††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2270
Things from far away are often fine.
Real Germans canít abide a Frenchman,
And yet they gladly drink his wine.
Siebel (As Mephistopheles approaches his seat.)
I must confess I do dislike the dry,
Give me a glass of the very sweetest!††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2275
Mephistopheles (Boring a hole.)
Iíll pour an instant Tokay for you, yes?
Now, gentlemen, look me in the eye!
I see youíve had the better of us there.
Now! Now! With guests so rare,
That would be far too much for me to dare.††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2280
Quick! Time for you to declare!
Which wine can I serve you with?
Any at all! Donít make us ask forever.
(Now all the holes have been stopped and sealed.)
Grapes, they are the vineís load!
Horns, they are the he-goatís:††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2285
Wine is juice: wood makes vines,
The wooden board shall give us wine.
Look deeper into Nature!
Have faith, and hereís a wonder!
Now draw the stoppers, and drink up!†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2290
All (Draw the stoppers, and the wine they chose flows into each glass.)
O lovely fount, that flows for us!
But careful, donít lose a drop!
(They drink repeatedly.)
ĎWeíre all of us cannibals now,
Weíre like five hundred sows.í
The folk are free, and we can go, you see!††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2295
Iíd like to leave here now.
Watch first: their bestiality
Will make a splendid show.
Help! Fire! Hell burns bright!
Friendly element, be quiet!†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2300
(To the drinkers.)
For this time, just a drop of Purgatory.
Whatís that? You wait! Youíll pay dearly!
It seems you donít quite see us right.
Try playing that trick a second time, on us!
I think we should quietly send him packing.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2305
What, sir? You think youíre daring,
Tricking us with your hocus-pocus?
Be quiet, old wine-barrel!
You broomstick! Youíll show us youíre ill bred?
Just wait, itíll rain blows, on your head!†† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2310
Iím burning! Burning!
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††† Itís magic, strike!
The manís a rascal! Kick him as you like!
(They draw knives and rush at Mephistopheles.)
Word and Image, ensnare!
Alter, senses and air!
Be here, and there!†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2315
(They look at each other, amazed.)
Where am I? What a lovely land!
Vineyards? Am I seeing straight?
And, likewise, grapes to hand!
Deep in this green arbour, here,
See, the vines! What grapes appear!
(He grasps Siebel by the nose: the others do the same reciprocally, and raise their knives.)
From their eyes, Error, take the iron band,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2320
And let them see how the Devil plays a joke.
(He vanishes with Faust: the revellers separate.)
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† And how?
††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Was that your nose?
Brander (To Siebel.)
And Iíve still got your nose in my hand!
It was a tremor, that passed through every limb!
Pass me a stool: Iím sinking in! † ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2325
Tell me: what happened there, my friend?
Where is he? When I catch that fellow,
He wonít leave here alive again!
I saw him myself fly out of the cellar
Riding on a barrel Ė and then Ė††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2330
I feel thereís lead still in my feet.
(He turns towards the table.)
Ah! Does the wine still flow as sweet?
It was deception, cheating, lying.
Still, it seemed that I drank wine.
And what about all those grapes that hung there?†††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2335
Tell me, now, we shouldnít believe in wonders!
Scene VI: The Witchesí Kitchen
(A giant cauldron stands on a low hearth, with a fire under it. Various shapes appear in the fumes from the cauldron. A She-Ape sits next to it, skimming it, watching to see it doesnít boil over. The He-Ape, with young ones, sits nearby warming himself. The ceiling and walls are covered with the Witchesí grotesque instruments.)
These magical wild beasts repel me, too!
Are you telling me I can be renewed,
Wandering around in this mad maze,
Demanding help from some old hag:††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2340
That her foul cookery will spirit away
Thirty years from my age, just like that?
Itís sad, if you know of nothing better!
The star of hope has quickly set.
Hasnít some noble mind, or Nature,††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2345
Found some wondrous potion yet?
My friend, what you say, again, is intelligent!
Thereís a natural means to make you younger:
But itís written, in a book quite different,
And in an odd chapter.††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2350
Iíll know it, then.
Fine! Youíve a method here that needs
No gold, no doctor, no magician:
Take yourself off to the nearest field,
To scratch around, and hoe, and dig in,
Maintain yourself, and constrain †††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2355
Your senses in a narrow sphere:
Feed yourself on the purest fare,
Be a beast among beasts: think it no robbery,
To manure the fields you harvest, there:
Since thatís the best of ways, believe me, ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2360
To keep your youth for eighty years!
Iím not used to it, canít condescend,
To take a spade in hand, and bend:
That narrow life wouldnít suit me at all.
So you must call the witch then, after all.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2365
Why is that old witch necessary!
Why canít you, yourself, make the brew?
What a lovely occupation for me!
And build a thousand bridges, meanwhile, too.
Itís not just art and science that tell,††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2370
Patience is needed in the work as well.
A calm mindís busy years in its creation,
Only time strengthens the fermentation.
And everything about it
Is quite a peculiar show!††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2375
Itís true the Devil taught it:
The Devil canít make it though.
(Seeing the creatures.)
See what a dainty race I hail!
This is the female: this is the male!
(To the creatures.)
The mistress isnít home, I say?†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2380
The Chimney way!
How long will she be swarming?
As long as our paws are warming.†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2385
Mephistopheles (To Faust.)
What do you think of these tender creatures?
As rude as any I ever saw!
Ah, but to me this kind of discourse
Shows the most delightful features!
(To the creatures.)
Accursed puppets, tell me true,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2390
What are you stirring in that brew?
Weíre cooking up thick beggarsí soup.
Then thereíll be thousands in the queue.
The He-Ape (Approaches and fawns on Mephistopheles.)
O, throw the dice quick,
And let me be rich!††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2395
Iíll be the winner!
Itís all arranged badly,
And if I had money,
Iíd be a thinker.
Why does the ape think heíd be lucky,†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2400
If heíd only a chance to try the lottery!
(Meanwhile the young apes have been playing with a large ball, and they roll it forward.)
The worldís a ball
It lifts to fall,
Rolls without rest:
Rings like glass,††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2405
And breaks as fast!
Itís hollow at best.
Itís shining here,
Here, whatís more:
ĎI am living!í†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2410
A place dear son,
To keep far from!
You must die!
Its clay will soon
In pieces, lie.†††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2415
Why the sieve?
The He-Ape (Lifting it down.)
If you were a thief
Iíd know you this minute.
(He runs to the She-Ape, and lets her look through the sieve.)
Look through the sieve!†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2420
Can you see the thief,
But darenít name him?
And this pot?
What a silly lot!
Not to know a pot,
Not to know a kettle!††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2425
Take this brush here,
And sit on the settle.
(He invites Mephistopheles to sit down.)
Faust (Who all this time has been standing in front of a mirror, alternately approaching it and distancing himself from it.)
What do I see? What heavenly form
Is this that the magic mirror brings!†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2430
Love, lend me your swiftest wings,
Then bear me to fields she adorns!
Ah, if I do not stand still here,
If I dare to venture nearer,
I see as if through a mist, no clearer Ė†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2435
The loveliest form of Woman, there!
Is it possible: can Woman be so lovely?
Must I, in her outspread body, declare
The incarnation of all thatís heavenly?
Can any such this earth deliver? †††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2440
Naturally, if a God torments himself six days,
And says to himself, Bravo, at last,in praise,
He must have made something clever.
See, this time, what will satisfy you, forever:
Iíll know how to fish that treasure out for you,† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2445
Happy, the one who finds good fortune in her,
And carries her home again, as his bride, too.
(Faust gazes endlessly in the mirror. Mephistopheles stretches himself on the settle, plays with the brush, and continues to speak.)
Here I sit like a king on his throne,
The sceptreís here, but whereís the crown?
The Creatures (Who up till now have been making all kinds of grotesque movements together, bring Mephistopheles a crown, with great outcry.)
Oh, with sweat and with blood,† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2450
If youíll be so good,
Glue on this crown, sublime!
(They are awkward with the crown, and snap it in two pieces, with which they leap about.)
We see, and we say,
We hear, and we rhyme -††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2455
Faust (In front of the mirror.)
Ah! Iíll go completely mad.
Mephistopheles (Pointing to the creatures.)
Now my headís almost spinning.
If our luckís not bad,
If thereís sense to be had,
We must be thinking!††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2460
Faust (As before.)
My heart pains me with its burning! Quick,
Letís leave this place, forego it!
Well, at least one must admit
That theyíre honest poets.
(The cauldron that the She-Ape has forgotten to keep a watch on, now boils over: a great flame flares from the chimney. The Witch comes careering down through the flames, with horrendous cries.)
Ow! Ow! Ow! Ow!†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2465
Damned creature! Accursed sow!
You left the kettle: youíve singed me now!
(Seeing Faust and Mephistopheles.)
What have we here?
Who are you, here?††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2470
What do you want?
Who creeps unknown?
The fireís pain own
In all your bone!
(She plunges the skimming-ladle into the cauldron, and scatters flame towards Faust, Mephistopheles and the Creatures. The Creatures whimper.)
Mephistopheles (Reversing the brush he holds in his hand, and striking among the jars and glasses.)
One, two! One, two!
There lies the brew!
There lies the glass!
A joke at last,
In time, she-ass,
To your melody, too. ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2480
(As the Witch starts back in Anger and Horror.)
Do you know me? Skeleton! Scarecrow!
Do you know your lord and master?
What stops me from striking you, so,
Crushing you, and your ape-creatures?
Have you no respect for a scarlet coat?††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2485
Donít you understand a cockerelís feather?
Have I hidden my face, you old she-goat?
Have I to name myself, as ever?
Oh sir, forgive the rude welcome!
I donít see a single foot cloven.†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2490
And your two ravens - are where?
This once, you get away with it:
Itís truly a good while, isnít it,
Since weíve been seen together.
And Civilisation makes men level,††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2495
It even sticks to the Devil:††††††††††
That Northern demon is no more:
Who sees horns now, or tail or claw?
As for the feet, which I canít spare,
That would harm me with the people.†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2500
So like many a youth, now, I wear,
False calves and false in-steps, as well.
Sense and reason flee my brain,
I see young Satan here again!
Woman, I forbid that name!††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2505
Why? What harm is caused so?
Itís written in story books, always:
Men are no better for it, though:
The Evil Oneís gone: the evil stays.
Call me the Baron: that sounds good:†††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2510
Iím a gentleman, like the other gentlemen.
Perhaps you doubt my noble blood:
See, hereís the crest I carry, then!
(He makes an indecent gesture.)
The Witch (Laughing immoderately.)
Ha! Ha! Thatís your way, as ever.
Youíre the same rogue forever!†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2515
My friend, take note: learn that this is
The proper way to handle witches.
Now, gentlemen, say how I can be of use.
A good glass of your well-known juice!
But I must insist on the oldest:††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† †††††††††2520
The years double what it can do.
Gladly! Hereís a flask, on the shelf:
I sometimes drink from it myself,
And it doesnít really stink at all:
Iíll gladly give him a glass or so.†† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2525
If he drinks it unprepared, recall,
He wonít live a single hour, though.
Heís my good friend: itíll go down well:
Donít begrudge the best of your kitchen.
Draw the circle: speak the speech, then†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2530
Offer him a glass full!
(The Witch draws a circle with fantastic gestures, and places mysterious articles inside it: meanwhile the glasses start to ring, and the cauldron to echo, and make music. Finally she brings a large book, sits the Apes in a ring, who serve as a reading desk and hold torches. She beckons Faust to approach.)
Faust (To Mephistopheles.)
Tell me, now, whatís happening?
These wild gestures, crazy things,
All of this tasteless trickery,
Is known, and hateful enough to me.††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2535
A farce! You should be laughing:
Donít be such a serious fellow!
This hocus-pocus she, the doctorís, making,
So youíll be aided by the juice to follow.
(He persuades Faust to enter the circle.)
You shall see, then!†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2540
From one make ten!
Let two go again,
Make three even,
Youíre rich again.
Take away four!††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2545
From five and six,
So says the Witch,
Make seven and eight,
So itís full weight:
And nine is one,†††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2550
And ten is none.
This is the Witchís one-times-one!
Iím in the dark, the hag babbles with fever.
Thereís still more sheís not gone over,
I know it well, the whole bookís like this:††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2555
Iíve wasted time on it before, though,
A perfect contradiction in terms is
Ever a mystery to the wise: fools more so.
My friend, the artís both old and new,
Itís like this in every age, with two††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2560
And one, and one and two,
Scattering error instead of truth.
Men prattle, and teach it undisturbed:
Who wants to be counted with the fools?
Men always believe, when they hear words,† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2565
There must be thought behind them, too.
The Witch (Continuing.)
The highest skill,
The science, still
Is hidden from the rabble!
One who never thought,†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2570
To him itís brought,
He owns it without trouble.
Why talk this nonsense to us?
My headís near split in two.
It seems I hear the chorus,†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2575
Of a hundred thousand fools.
Enough, enough, O excellent Sibyl!
Bring the drink along: and fill
The cup, quick, to the very brim:
The drink will bring my friend no harm:††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††† 2580
Heís a man of many parts, and him
Many a noble draught has charmed.
(The Witch, ceremoniously, pours the drink into a cup: as Faust puts it to his lips, a gentle flame rises.)
Down it quickly! Every time! Itíll
Likewise, warm your heart, entire.
Youíre hand in hand with the Devil:†††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† 2585
Will you shrink before the fire?
(The Witch breaks the circle. Faust steps out.)
Now, quick, away! You may not rest.
Much good may that potion do you!
Mephistopheles (To the Witch.)
On Walpurgis Night you can tell me best,
What favour I can return to you.†††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2590
Hereís a song! Sing it sometimes, and you,
Will feel a peculiar effect: donít ask me how.
Mephistopheles (To Faust.)
Come on, quickly, run about now:
You need to sweat, that will allow
The power to penetrate, through and through.†††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2595
Later, Iíll teach you to value leisure,
And soon youíll find with deepest pleasure,
How Cupid stirs, and, now and then, leaps, too.
Let me look quickly in the glass, once more!
How lovely that womanís form, I descried!††††† ††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 2600
No! No! The paragon of all women, youíre
About to see before you, personified.
With that drink in your body, well then,
All women will look to you like Helen.