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Faust (Part One)

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Goethe's Faust reworks the late-medieval myth of Dr. Faust, a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract or wager with the devil, Mephistopheles.

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The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seek to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last for ever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death.

In this first part of Goethe's great work the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a life beyond his study and - in rejuvenated form - winning the love of the charming and beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire and self-delusion, Faust, served by the devil, heads inexorably towards destruction.

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"Behind me, field and meadow sleeping,
I leave in deep, prophetic night,
Within whose dread and holy keeping
The better soul awakes to light.
The wild desires no longer win us,
The deeds of passion cease to chain;
The love of Man revives within us,
The love of God revives again.

Ah, when, within our narrow chamber
The lamp with friendly lustre glows,
Flames in the breast each faded ember,
And in the heart, itself that knows.
Then Hope again lends sweet assistance,
And Reason then resumes her speech:
One yearns, the rivers of existence,
The very founts of Life, to reach."

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
Part I, Scene III: The Study

Author Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
Translator Wayne, Philip
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 197 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1949
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