Faust: From the German of Goethe

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Hodges, Figgis & Company, 1880 - 373 pages
 

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Page 25 - And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil ? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought ? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side 1 thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Page 25 - And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power ; only upon himself put not forth thine hand.
Page 329 - water glide away, And sip, with nymphs, their elemental tea. The graver prude sinks downward to a gnome, In search of mischief still on earth to roam. The light coquettes in sylphs aloft repair, And sport and flutter in the fields of air.
Page 25 - Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
Page 25 - Doth Job fear God for nought ? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side ? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Page 18 - I debated with myself whether it became my moral character to render into English — and so far, certainly, lend my countenance to language — much of which I thought vulgar, licentious, and blasphemous.
Page 310 - much as to be able to read that astonishing production " in the original. As to originality, Goethe has too much " sense to pretend that he is not under obligations to " authors, ancient and modern ; — who is not ? You tell me " the plot is almost entirely Calderon's. The fete, the " scholar, the argument about the Logos, the selling him...
Page 18 - My Mephistopheles sings a song of Shakespeare; and why should he not? Why should I give myself the trouble to compose a new song, when Shakespeare's was just the right one, saying exactly what was necessary? If, therefore, the scheme of my Faust has some resemblance to that of Job, that is also quite right, and I should be praised rather than censured on account of it.
Page 333 - ... transacting business with him ; otherwise there would be hundreds of such stories as that of Faust. But the spirit which created that story and rendered it credible to all Europe remains unchanged. The sacrifice of the future to the present is the spirit of that legend. The blindness to consequences caused by the imperiousness of desire ; the recklessness with which inevitable and terrible results are braved in perfect consciousness of their being inevitable, provided that a temporary pleasure...
Page 16 - The lover wished that he could feel his longings and his joys so variedly and so harmoniously as the Poet's inspired lips had skill to show them forth; and even the rich man could not of himself discern such costliness in his idol grandeurs, as when they were presented to him shining in the splendour of the Poet's spirit, sensible to all worth, and ennobling all.

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