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“ Service and Anthem. " MARGARET and many
others. EviL SPIRIT behind MARGARET.
« EVIL SPIRIT. “ Margaret, how different thy lot
When kneeling at the altar's foot
thou darest not own,
66 EVIL SPIRIT.
The last trumpet sounds
I feel as if the organ's swell
Quidquid latet adparebit,
The pillars of the aisle
Sin an hame
Their foreheads from thee;
“ Help me, I faint !"
We can afford space for this fine passage, since the noble poet, with that sound judgment wbich we have before com mended, bas omitted the succeeding extraordinary scene on The Hartz Mountain on Walpurgis night, which we do not hesitate to confess, is beyond vor comprehension, and which we cannot therefore be expected to admire even in part. By that perversion of talent, taste, and principle which transmuted into base metal all which the late Mr. Percy Byshe Shelley might once, perhaps, have attained power to exalt into gold, he selected this particular scene, the most excep
tionable both in conception and in expression, which Goethe ever composed, to present to the British public, as a specimen of the master's power; and he found a willing midwife for his abortion in the chief of the Cockney School. Lord Francis Leveson Gower has been warned by this signal failure, and he contents bimself by relating one incident too striking to be allowed to perish. The revelling witches have the power of assuming any form they please. One appears to Faust as his Margaret. The neck of the phantom has impressed round it a single streak of red, scarcely broader than the line which would be traced by a knife. It is a type of her fate.
Margaret is in prison ; in a fit of frenzy she bas committed infanticide. It is the night before her execution, and Me phistopheles having led bis victim through the round of Hellpastimes on the Hartz, informs him of the lot of his mistress, Faust is distracted, and demands power to save her. Mephistopheles lulls the jailors into sleep, obtains the keys of the dungeon, and places Faust within it. We wish we could extract the whole of the exquisite concluding scene.
[He seizes the chains to unlock them.
So soon to wake and slay?
Oh! let me live till day!
[She stands up.
Seize me not thus ! it gives me pain.
Have I e'er wrong'd thee? why then bind me so ?
Can I have hurt one whom I do not know ?". P. 254. At last she recognizes her lover..
6. FAUST. u 'Tis I.
« Oh, say it, say it, once again,
6 FAUST, “ Away! away!
« Oh, not so fast ! Time is with you so sweetly past.
FAUST, “ Haste, Margaret, haste!
For if thou lingerest here,
“ Come, come !-I feel the morning breeze's breath.
I drown'd my child! And thou canst tell
MARGARET. “ No; you must live till I shall trace
For each their separate burial place
You must prepare betimes to morrow
P. 259. He in vain urges her to flee.
FAUST " Day! Margaret, day! your hour will soon be past.
My bridal day !-'twill soon appear.
“ Oh, had I never lived !
MEPHISTOPHELES (appears in the door-wny.) “ Of or your life will be but short:
My coursers paw the ground, and snort !
MARGARET. 6 Who is it rises from the ground?
'Tis he!--the evil one of hell ! What would he where the holy dwell? 'Tis me he seeks !