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Faust, a Tragedy, Rendered Into Engl. Verse


Faust, a Tragedy, Rendered Into Engl. Verse

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1838 Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: NIGH T. Faust, in a narrow high-vaulted Gothic room, restless, seated on a stool at his desk. 1 Have at length, by dint of zealous toil, Mastered philosophy, jurisprudence, medicine, Theology, and all -- the more's my grief! And here I am, poor hopeless fool, precisely As wise as when I first began to study. ' Master of Arts,' and ' Doctor,' I am styled: And now for some ten years have I been leading Successive sets of pupils upwards, downwards, Cross-ways, and crooked, by the nose, and see That we can in reality know nothing. 'Tis this that cuts me to the very heart! True that I'm abler, that I look beyond The herd of solemn triflers -- Doctors, Masters, [me, Priests, scribblers: that nor doubts nor scruples plague That of neither hell nor devil I'm in dread: But from this very cause all joy hath left me. Vol. i. c I no more fancy I know aught worth knowing: No lodger deem that I have power to teach Aught that would better or convert mankind. And then I've neither land, cash, rank, nor honours. The vilest cur would spurn at such a life. Therefore I now devote myself to magic, To prove if, through the spirit's power and voice, I may not fathom many a mystery yet: May not yet learn the secret cause that holds The world together in its inmost core : If I may not behold the springs at work, If I may not see the primal germs of being: If, by its aid, I may not cease to strive, With bitter sweat, to utter what I know not, And drive no more a paltry trade in words. Oh would that thou wert shining, full-orb'd moon, For the last time upon my wretchedness! Thou...  
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