one day came a Faust
into our garden,--a good Faust
, with no friend Mephistopheles,--and took Margaret from me.
On a January evening of the early seventies, Christine Nilsson was singing in Faust
at the Academy of Music in New York.
He made out a list of books which Philip was to read till he was ready for the final achievement of Faust
, and meanwhile, ingeniously enough, started him on a German translation of one of the plays by Shakespeare which Philip had studied at school.
Amid so many marvellous engravings, there is one etching in particular, which is supposed to represent Doctor Faust
, and which it is impossible to contemplate without being dazzled.
In those days when I tried to kindle my heart at the cold altar of Goethe, I did read a great deal of his prose and somewhat of his poetry, but it was to be ten years yet before I should go faithfully through with his Faust
and come to know its power.
I felt extremely embarrassed all at once, but became positively annoyed when I saw our Prax enter the cafe in a sort of mediaeval costume very much like what Faust
wears in the third act.
"This year I have been three times--to FAUST
, TOSCA, and--" Was it "Tannhouser" or "Tannhoyser"?
Those who heard her say that her voice, in these passages, was seraphic; but this was nothing to the superhuman notes that she gave forth in the prison scene and the final trio in FAUST
, which she sang in the place of La Carlotta, who was ill.
And others came forward with claims so vague and elusive that Bell would scarcely have been more surprised if the heirs of Goethe had demanded a share of the telephone royalties on the ground that Faust
had spoken of "making a bridge through the moving air."
And we sang the soldiers' chorus out of FAUST
, and got home in time for supper, after all.
'wanted to know'--and got into bad company, as the necessary result."
In the most important of them, 'Manfred,' a treatment of the theme which Marlowe and Goethe had used in 'Faust
,' his real power is largely thwarted by the customary Byronic mystery and swagger.