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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 363 pages of information about The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 01.

MEPHISTOPHELES

Some pleasures gratis to enjoy
Should surely cause you no annoy. 
While bright with stars the heavens appear,
I’ll sing a masterpiece of art: 
A moral song shall charm her ear,
More surely to beguile her heart.

(Sings to the guitar.)

 Kathrina, say,
 Why lingering stay
 At dawn of day
 Before your lover’s door? 
 Maiden, beware,
 Nor enter there,
 Lest forth you fare,
 A maiden never more.

 Maiden take heed! 
 Reck well my rede! 
 Is’t done, the deed? 
 Good night, you poor, poor thing! 
 The spoiler’s lies,
 His arts despise,
 Nor yield your prize,
 Without the marriage ring!

VALENTINE (steps forward)

Whom are you luring here?  I’ll give it you! 
Accursed rat-catchers, your strains I’ll end! 
First, to the devil the guitar I’ll send! 
Then to the devil with the singer too!

MEPHISTOPHELES

The poor guitar! ’tis done for now.

VALENTINE

Your skull shall follow next, I trow!

MEPHISTOPHELES (to FAUST)

Doctor, stand fast! your strength collect! 
Be prompt, and do as I direct. 
Out with your whisk! keep close, I pray,
I’ll parry! do you thrust away!

VALENTINE

Then parry that!

MEPHISTOPHELES

 Why not?

VALENTINE

 That too!

MEPHISTOPHELES

With ease!

VALENTINE

The devil fights for you! 
Why how is this? my hand’s already lamed!

MEPHISTOPHELES (to FAUST)

Thrust home!

VALENTINE (falls)

 Alas!

MEPHISTOPHELES

There!  Now the lubber’s tamed! 
But quick, away!  We must at once take wing;
A cry of murder strikes upon the ear;
With the police I know my course to steer,
But with the blood-ban ’tis another thing.

MARTHA (at the window)

Without! without!

MARGARET (at the window)

 Quick, bring a light!

MARTHA (as above)

They rail and scuffle, scream and fight!

PEOPLE

One lieth here already dead!

MARTHA (coming out)

Where are the murderers? are they fled?

MARGARET (coming out)

Who lieth here?

PEOPLE

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