Faust Volume 1

Faust Volume 1

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Excerpt: ...You are but making fun of us, I trow. MEPHISTOPHELES Ah! ah! that would indeed be making free With such distinguished guests. Come, no delay; What liquor can I serve you with, I pray? ALTMAYER Only be quick, it matters not to me. (After the holes are bored and stopped.) MEPHISTOPHELES (with strange gestures) Grapes the vine-stock bears, Horns the buck-goat wears! Wine is sap, the vine is wood, The wooden board yields wine as good. With a deeper glance and true The mysteries of nature view! Have faith and here's a miracle! Your stoppers draw and drink your fill! ALL. (as they draw the stoppers and the wine chosen by each runs into his glass) Oh beauteous spring, which flows so far! MEPHISTOPHELES Spill not a single drop, of this beware! (They drink repeatedly.) ALL (sing) Happy as cannibals are we, Or as five hundred swine. MEPHISTOPHELES They're in their glory, mark their elevation! FAUST Let's hence, nor here our stay prolong. MEPHISTOPHELES Attend, of brutishness ere long You'll see a glorious revelation. SIEBEL (drinks carelessly; the wine is spilt upon the ground, and turns to flame) Help! fire! help! Hell is burning! MEPHISTOPHELES (addressing the flames) Stop, Kind element, be still, I say! (To the Company.) SIEBEL What means the knave! For this you'll dearly pay! Us, it appears, you do not know. FROSCH Such tricks a second time he'd better show! ALTMAYER Methinks 'twere well we pack'd him quietly away. SIEBEL What, sir! with us your hocus-pocus play! MEPHISTOPHELES Silence, old wine-cask! SIEBEL How! add insult, too! Vile broomstick! BRANDER Hold, or blows shall rain on you! ALTMAYER (draws a stopper out of the table; fire springs out against him) I burn! I burn! SIEBEL 'Tis sorcery, I vow! Strike home! The fellow is fair game, I trow! (They draw their knives and attack MEPHISTOPHELES.) MEPHISTOPHELES (with solemn gestures) Visionary scenes appear! Words delusive cheat the ear! Be ye there, and be ye here! (They stand amazed and gaze at each...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236683919
  • 9781236683915