Oberammergau: 1890 (Google eBook)

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Harper & brothers, 1891 - Oberammergau passion-play - 46 pages
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Page 15 - The prayer was heard, so runs the record old, Thenceforth no lamb was stricken in the fold, Nor man, nor matron, youth or maiden died, But healing balm, from every mountain side Brought back new health to wasted forms and gave In every home a rescue from the grave.
Page 11 - In order to attain this end he deemed it necessary to follow the scriptural method. Instead of simply setting forth the Gospel story as it stands in the New Testament, he took as his fundamental idea the connection of the Passion, incident by incident, with...
Page 43 - Fall, and the Expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, as given in the second and third chapters of the Book of Genesis is "true history".
Page 43 - Testament, he took as his fundamental idea the connection of the Passion, incident by incident, with the types, figures and prophecies of the Old Testament, The whole of the Old Testament is thus made as it were the massive pedestal for the Cross, and the course of the narrative of the Passion is perpetually interrupted or illustrated by scenes from the older Bible, which are supposed to prefigure the next event to be represented on the stage. Thus in Daisenberger's words, " The representation of...
Page 13 - I have had regard to these conditions, and have endeavored to give, in simple English verse, with absolute fidelity and in a spirit of reverence kindred to that which animates the sacred drama, the impressions created by witnessing its performance.
Page 42 - During the entire representation,'1 wrote Hans Christian Andersen in 1860, " we had had alternate rain and wind, all the while cloudy weather; but by chance, just as the Christ was lowered into the grave, the sun broke forth and illumined the stage, the spectators, the whole surroundings. Birds sang and flew, here and there, over us. It was a moment one never forgets.
Page 15 - A TREMBLING vow breathed in a night of fears ; A votive offering wet with bitter tears ; Faith's faltering cry through thickest midnight gloom ; Hope's last faint signal by the opening tomb ; Thus, in despair, the stricken peasants prayed : " O, Father, if this cruel plague be stayed, We and our children pledge ourselves to Thee, In every decade of the years to be, While Ammer's waters through our valley glide, Or...
Page 16 - ... nor matron, youth or maiden died, But healing balm, from every mountain side Brought back new health to wasted forms and gave In every home a rescue from the grave. Safe in its hill-girt vale the hamlet slept ; Through the green dales the gentle Ammer swept, New blessings bringing to each peasant door, And all was peace and plenty as of yore ; While far above, fit genius of the place, Gray Kofel, towering from his massive base, Still kept his sentry watch, where, stern and lone, Rose to the sky...
Page 16 - ... far above, fit genius of the place, Gray Kofel, towering from his massive base, Still kept his sentry watch, where stern and lone, Rose to the sky his rugged, cross-tipped cone. The trembling lips which breathed that early vow, Long stilled in death, are dust and ashes now; The years have flown, the centuries rolled away, Kingdoms and crowns have crumbled to decay ; Old things have passed away, all things are new, But to the fathers
Page 12 - It has deepened their religious devotion, increased their knowledge, and marvellously developed all their artistic and intellectual gifts.

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