Loosely attached with half One and the German legend of Faust, half is a dramatic epic instead of a strictly built drama. it's conceived as an act of homage to classical Greek tradition and encouraged specially through the area of story-telling and fantasy on the center of the Greek culture, in addition to owing a few of its fabric to the Arabian Nights stories.
The stressed and ruthless hero, suggested by means of his cynical demon-companion Mephistopheles, visits classical Greece i seek of the attractive Helen of Troy. Returning to trendy occasions, he seeks to crown his occupation via gaining keep watch over of the weather, and at his loss of life is carried up into the unkown areas, nonetheless in pursuit of the `Eternal Feminine'.
David Luke's translation of half One gained the eu Poetry Translation Prize. right here he back imitates the numerous verse-forms of the unique, and gives a hugely readable - and actable - translation, supported by means of an advent, complete notes, and an index of classical mythology.
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MEPHISTOPHELES. Come, and obey the Master’s name, the next day Sailors’ feasts for all. the 3. The previous ’ un gave us welcome scant, To sail into the dinner party is what we need. MEPHISTOPHELES (ad Spectatores). What occurred as soon as, back occurs, For Naboth’s winery is a well known case. DEEP evening LYNCEUS, the KEEPER OF THE TOWER (singing from his watch-post). A look-out born, hired for my sight, To tower-service sworn, The world’s my satisfaction. I see what's some distance, I see what's close to, Moon, planet, and celebrity, The wooden with its deer, In all issues perceiving The charms that undergo, And, pleasure therefore reaching, my very own pleasure is bound. pricey eyes, you so satisfied, no matter what you’ve obvious, irrespective of its nature, So reasonable has it been! (Pause. ) now not for easy pleasure-taking retain I watch upon this peak: Darkened earth sends horror-making hazard of woe to surprise the sight. hearth I see, sparks wildly elevating in the course of the hour of darkness linden-trees, Ever enhanced grows the blazing, Fanned to fury through the breeze. Ah, the hut inside is flaming, Mossgrown, cool it used to face, Now its desire of support proclaiming, the place no rescue is handy. solid outdated guy and kindly mom, protecting lengthy their cautious hearth, Perish within the reek and smother, Doomed to misadventure dire. Tongues of fireplace now glow and quiver, around the hut with risk fell; Ah, what strength can convey That reliable pair from blaze of hell? Flames bounce out, like forks of lightning, Leaves and linden-branches brightening; Wrapped in fireplace, the dry boughs burning Plunge amid the embers’ glow; needs to those eyes, this some distance discerning, glance upon such attractions of woe? Now, with surprise of trees crashing, Yields the chapel to the hearth; Wreathing upward, jumping, flashing, To the tree-tops flames aspire. Charred and hollowed within the blazing, Trunks and roots now pink glow. – (Long pause. Sound of making a song. ) All that received the fondest watching long past, with a long time in the past. FAUST (on his balcony, overlooking the dunes). Whence this pressure of lamentation? note and track too past due I heed. My warden mourns; for me vexation Rises from the hasty deed. but, although lime-grove devastated Makes charred horror during this position, quickly is coign of view created, Outlook transparent on boundless area. There, the elderly folks beholding, a brand new domicile now I elevate, That they think my grace enfolding the entire sundown in their days. MEPHISTOPHELES AND the 3 (below). right here we come, in velocity pell mell. Your pardon! issues haven't long past good. We knocked and knocked, renewed the din, And nobody got here to allow us to in; We rattled, rapped, and knocked the extra, And levelled quickly the rotten door; We referred to as aloud, with many a risk, yet little listening to did we get. In this type of case in point of fact transparent: None deaf as those who won't listen. yet, on your orders not anything missing, We quick despatched the couple packing; They, with a ache short and mild, kicked the bucket and died of fright. A stranger lurking thereabout confirmed symptoms of struggle. We laid him out. In fight lasting little house The coals have been knocked concerning the position, And stuck the straw: up leaps the hearth And makes all 3 a funeral pyre.