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Semi-chorus of Wizards 1. We glide tu Like snails when the women are all away; And from a house once given over to sin Woman has a thousand steps to stray.
Semi-chorus 2. A thousand steps must a woman take,
Where a man but a single spring will make.
Come with us, come with us, from Felunsee,
We are washed, we are 'nointed, stark naked are we ;
Both chorusses. The wind is still, the stars are filed,
The melancholy moon is dead;
The magic notes, like spark on spark,
Stay, oh, stay!
Voices above. Out of the crannies of the rocks, Who calls?
Voices below. Oh, let me join your flocks! I, three hundred years have striven
To catch your skirt and mount to Heaven,
And still in vain. Oh, might I be
With company akin to me !
Both chorusses. Some on a ram and some on a prong,
On poles and on broomsticks we flutter along;
A half-witch below. I have been tripping this many an
Are the others already so far before?
No quiet at home, and no peace abroad!
And less methinks is found by the road.
Chorus of Witches. Come onward, away! aroint thee,
A witch to be strong must anoint-anoint
Then every trough will be boat enough;
With a rag for a sail we can sweep through the sky,
Who flies not to-night, when means he to fly?
Both choruses. We cling to the skirt, and we strike on
Witch-legions thicken around and around;
There is a true witch element about us;
Faust (from a distance.)
Even with such little people as sit there
I must exert my authority in the house.
Place for young Voland! Pray make way, good people.
Faust. Spirit of Contradiction! Well, lead on-
Meph. See yonder, round a many-coloured flame
A merry club is huddled altogether:
Would that I were
Up yonder in the glow and whirling smoke,
Many a riddle there is tied anew
Be guided now by me, and you shall buy
A pound of pleasure with a dram of trouble.
I hear them tune their instruments-one must
As a fresh compact 'twixt us two shall be.
Faust. In introducing us, do you assume, The character of wizard or of devil?
Meph. In truth, I generally go about
I have no ribbon at my knee; but here,
At home, the cloven foot is honourable.
See you that snail there?-she comes creeping up,
And with her feeling eyes hath smelt out something.
I'll be the pimp, and you shall be the lover.
[To some old Women, who are sitting round a heap
Old gentlewomen, what do you do out here?
General. Who dare confide in right or a just claim?
Parvenu.* We too are active, and we did and do
Will seize, whilst all things are whirled round and round,
Author. Who now can taste a treatise of deep sense
To write what none will read, therefore will I
To please the young and thoughtless people try.
Meph. (Who at once appears to have grown very old.) I find the people ripe for the last day,
A sort of fundholder.
Since I last came up to the wizard mountain;
Gentlemen; do not hurry on so fast,
Men and the world with fine malicious mischief-
The price of an abandoned maiden's shame;
Gossip, you know little of these tin
Mark her well. It is
ware of her fair hair, for she excels All women in the magic of her locks; And,
Lilith, the first wife of Adam.
when she winds them round a young man' will not ever set him free again.