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Scenes from ‘Faust’

By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832)

See full text: Translation of Bayard Taylor


OH, happy he, who still renews

The hope from Error’s deeps to rise forever!

That which one does not know, one needs to use,

And what one knows, one uses never.

But let us not, by such despondence, so

The fortune of this hour embitter!

Mark how, beneath the evening sunlight’s glow,

The green-embosomed houses glitter!

The glow retreats; done is the day of toil;

It yonder hastes, new fields of life exploring;

Ah, that no wing can lift me from the soil,

Upon its track to follow, follow soaring!

Then would I see eternal Evening gild

The silent world beneath me glowing,

On fire each mountain-peak, with peace each valley filled,

The silver brook to golden rivers flowing.

The mountain chain, with all its gorges deep,

Would then no more impede my godlike motion;

And now before mine eyes expands the ocean

With all its bays, in shining sleep!

Yet finally the weary god is sinking;

The new-born impulse fires my mind,—

I hasten on, his beams eternal drinking,

The Day before me and the Night behind,

Above me heaven unfurled, the floor of waves beneath me,—

A glorious dream! though now the glories fade.

Alas! the wings that lift the mind no aid

Of wings to lift the body can bequeath me.

Yet in each soul is born the pleasure

Of yearning onward, upward and away,

When o’er our heads, lost in the vaulted azure,

The lark sends down his flickering lay,

When over crags and piny highlands

The poising eagle slowly soars,

And over plains and lakes and islands

The crane sails by to other shores.

I’ve had, myself, at times, some odd caprices,

But never yet such impulse felt, as this is.

One soon fatigues on woods and fields to look,

Nor would I beg the bird his wing to spare us:

How otherwise the mental raptures bear us

From page to page, from book to book!

Then winter nights take loveliness untold,

As warmer life in every limb had crowned you;

And when your hands unroll some parchment rare and old,

All heaven descends, and opens bright around you!

One impulse art thou conscious of, at best;

Oh, never seek to know the other!

Two souls, alas! reside within my breast,

And each withdraws from, and repels, its brother.

One with tenacious organs holds in love

And clinging lust the world in its embraces;

The other strongly sweeps, this dust above,

Into the high ancestral spaces.

If there be airy spirits near,

’Twixt heaven and earth on potent errands fleeing,

Let them drop down the golden atmosphere,

And bear me forth to new and varied being!

Yea, if a magic mantle once were mine,

To waft me o’er the world at pleasure,

I would not for the costliest stores of treasure—

Not for a monarch’s robe—the gift resign.


CANST thou, poor Devil, give me whatsoever?

When was a human soul, in its supreme endeavor,

E’er understood by such as thou?

Yet hast thou food which never satiates now:

The restless, ruddy gold hast thou,

That runs quicksilver-like one’s fingers through;

A game whose winnings no man ever knew;

A maid that even from my breast

Beckons my neighbor with her wanton glances,

And Honor’s godlike zest,

The meteor that a moment dances,—

Show me the fruits that, ere they’re gathered, rot,

And trees that daily with new leafage clothe them!

Such a demand alarms me not:

Such treasures have I, and can show them.

But still the time may reach us, good my friend,

When peace we crave, and more luxurious diet.

When on an idler’s bed I stretch myself in quiet,

There let at once my record end!

Canst thou with lying flattery rule me,

Until self-pleased myself I see,—

Canst thou with rich enjoyment fool me,

Let that day be the last for me!

The bet I offer.


And heartily!

When thus I hail the Moment flying:

“Ah, still delay—thou art so fair!”—

Then bind me in thy bonds undying,

My final ruin then declare!

Then let the death-bell chime the token,

Then art thou from thy service free!

The clock may stop, the hand be broken,

Then Time be finished unto me!


SPIRIT sublime, thou gav’st me, gav’st me all

For which I prayed. Not unto me in vain

Hast thou thy countenance revealed in fire.

Thou gav’st me nature as a kingdom grand,

With power to feel and to enjoy it. Thou

Not only cold, amazed acquaintance yield’st,

But grantest that in her profoundest breast

I gaze, as in the bosom of a friend.

The ranks of living creatures thou dost lead

Before me, teaching me to know my brothers

In air and water and the silent wood.

And when the storm in forests roars and grinds,

The giant firs, in falling, neighbor boughs

And neighbor trunks with crushing weight bear down,

And falling, fill the hills with hollow thunders,—

Then to the cave secure thou leadest me,

Then show’st me mine own self, and in my breast

The deep mysterious miracles unfold.

And when the perfect moon before my gaze

Comes up with soothing light, around me float

From every precipice and thicket damp

The silvery phantoms of the ages past,

And temper the austere delight of thought.

That nothing can be perfect unto Man

I now am conscious. With this ecstasy,

Which brings me near and nearer to the gods,

Thou gav’st the comrade, whom I now no more

Can do without, though, cold and scornful, he

Demeans me to myself, and with a breath,

A word, transforms thy gifts to nothingness.

Within my breast he fans a lawless fire,

Unwearied, for that fair and lovely form:

Thus in desire I hasten to enjoyment,

And in enjoyment pine to feel desire.

MARGARET[At the spinning-wheel, alone]
MY peace is gone,

My heart is sore:

I never shall find it,

Ah, nevermore!

Save I have him near,

The grave is here;

The world is gall

And bitterness all.

My poor weak head

Is racked and crazed;

My thought is lost,

My senses mazed.

My peace is gone,

My heart is sore:

I never shall find it,

Ah, nevermore!

To see him, him only,

At the pane I sit;

To meet him, him only,

The house I quit.

His lofty gait,

His noble size,

The smile of his mouth,

The power of his eyes,

And the magic flow

Of his talk, the bliss

In the clasp of his hand,

And ah! his kiss!

My peace is gone,

My heart is sore:

I never shall find it,

Ah, nevermore!

My bosom yearns

For him alone;

Ah, dared I clasp him,

And hold, and own!

And kiss his mouth

To heart’s desire,

And on his kisses

At last expire!


PROMISE me, Henry!—

What I can!

How is ’t with thy religion, pray?

Thou art a dear, good-hearted man,

And yet, I think, dost not incline that way.

Leave that, my child! Thou know’st my love is tender;

For love, my blood and life would I surrender,

And as for faith and church, I grant to each his own.

That’s not enough: we must believe thereon.

Must we?

Would that I had some influence!

Then, too, thou honorest not the Holy Sacraments.

I honor them.

Desiring no possession.

’Tis long since thou hast been to mass or to confession.

Believest thou in God?

My darling, who shall dare

“I believe in God!” to say?

Ask priest or sage the answer to declare,

And it will seem a mocking play,

A sarcasm on the asker.

Then thou believest not!

Hear me not falsely, sweetest countenance!

Who dare express Him?

And who profess Him,

Saying: I believe in Him!

Who, feeling, seeing,

Deny His being,

Saying: I believe Him not!

The All-enfolding,

The All-upholding,

Folds and upholds he not

Thee, me, Himself?

Arches not there the sky above us?

Lies not beneath us, firm, the earth?

And rise not, on us shining

Friendly, the everlasting stars?

Look I not, eye to eye, on thee,

And feel’st not, thronging

To head and heart, the force,

Still weaving its eternal secret,

Invisible, visible, round thy life?

Vast as it is, fill with that force thy heart,

And when thou in the feeling wholly blessed art,

Call it, then, what thou wilt,—

Call it Bliss! Heart! Love! God!—

I have no name to give it!

Feeling is all in all:

The Name is sound and smoke,

Obscuring Heaven’s clear glow.

All that is fine and good, to hear it so:

Much the same way the preacher spoke,

Only with slightly different phrases.

The same thing, in all places,

All hearts that beat beneath the heavenly day—

Each in its language—say;

Then why not I in mine as well?

To hear it thus, it may seem passable;

And yet some hitch in’t there must be,

For thou hast no Christianity.

Dear love!

I’ve long been grieved to see

That thou art in such company.

How so?

The man who with thee goes, thy mate,

Within my deepest, inmost soul I hate.

In all my life there’s nothing

Has given my heart so keen a pang of loathing

As his repulsive face has done.

Nay, fear him not, my sweetest one!

I feel his presence like something ill.

I’ve else, for all, a kindly will,

But, much as my heart to see thee yearneth,

The secret horror of him returneth;

And I think the man a knave, as I live!

If I do him wrong, may God forgive!

There must be such queer birds, however.

Live with the like of him may I never!

When once inside the door comes he,

He looks around so sneeringly,

And half in wrath:

One sees that in nothing no interest he hath:

’Tis written on his very forehead

That love, to him, is a thing abhorrèd.

I am so happy on thine arm,

So free, so yielding, and so warm,

And in his presence stifled seems my heart.

Foreboding angel that thou art!

In a niche of the wall a shrine, with an image of the Mater Dolorosa.Pots of flowers before it

MARGARET[Putting fresh flowers in the pots]
INCLINE, O Maiden,

Thou sorrow-laden,

Thy gracious countenance upon my pain!

The sword thy heart in,

With anguish smarting,

Thou lookest up to where thy Son is slain!

Thou seest the Father;

The sad sighs gather,

And bear aloft thy sorrow and his pain!

Ah, past guessing,

Beyond expressing,

The pangs that wring my flesh and bone!

Why this anxious heart so burneth,

Why it trembleth, why it yearneth,

Knowest thou, and thou alone!

Where’er I go, what sorrow,

What woe, what woe and sorrow

Within my bosom aches!

Alone, and ah! unsleeping,

I’m weeping, weeping, weeping,—

The heart within me breaks.

The pots before my window,

Alas! my tears did wet,

As in the early morning

For thee these flowers I set.

Within my lonely chamber

The morning sun shone red:

I sat in utter sorrow,

Already on my bed.

Help! rescue me from death and stain!

O Maiden!

Thou sorrow-laden,

Incline thy countenance upon my pain!


With a bunch of keys and a lamp, before an iron door
A SHUDDER, long unfelt, comes o’er me;

Mankind’s collected woe o’erwhelms me here.

She dwells within the dark, damp walls before me,

And all her crime was a delusion dear!

What! I delay to free her?

I dread, once again to see her?

On! my shrinking but lingers Death more near.

[He grasps the lock: the sound of singing is heard inside.]
My mother the harlot,

Who put me to death;

My father the varlet,

Who eaten me hath!

Little sister, so good,

Laid my bones in the wood,

In the damp moss and clay:

Then was I a beautiful bird o’ the wood:

Fly away! Fly away!

She does not dream her lover listens near;

That he the rattling chain, the rustling straw, can hear.

MARGARET[hiding herself on the pallet]
Woe! woe! They come. O death of bitterness!

Hush! hush! The hour is come that frees thee.

MARGARET[throwing herself before him]
Art thou a man? then pity my distress!

Thy cries will wake the guards, and they will seize thee![He takes hold of the fetters to unlock them.

MARGARET[on her knees]
Who, headsman! unto thee such power

Over me could give?

Thou’rt come for me at midnight hour:

Have mercy on me; let me live!

Is’t not soon enough when morning chime has rung?[She rises.

And I am yet so young, so young!

And now death comes, and ruin!

I, too, was fair, and that was my undoing.

My love was near, but now he’s far;

Torn lies the wreath, scattered the blossoms are.

Seize me not thus so violently!

Spare me! What have I done to thee?

Let me not vainly entreat thee!

I never chanced, in all my days, to meet thee!

Shall I outlive this misery?

Now am I wholly in thy might.

But let me suckle, first, my baby!

I blissed it all this livelong night;

They took ’t away, to vex me, maybe,

And now they say I killed the child outright.

And never shall I be glad again.

They sing songs about me! ’tis bad of the folk to do it!

There’s an old story has the same refrain;

Who bade them so construe it?

FAUST[falling upon his knees]
Here lieth one who loves thee ever,

The thraldom of thy woe to sever.

MARGARET[flinging herself beside him]
Oh let us kneel, and call the saints to hide us!

Under the steps beside us,

The threshold under,

Hell heaves in thunder!

The Evil One

With terrible wrath

Seeketh a path

His prey to discover!

Margaret! Margaret!

MARGARET[attentively listening]
That was the voice of my lover![She springs to her feet: the fetters fall off.

Where is he? I heard him call me.

I am free! No one shall enthrall me.

To his neck will I fly,

On his bosom lie!

On the threshold he stood, and Margaret! calling,

’Midst of hell’s howling and noises appalling,

’Midst of the wrathful, infernal derision,

I knew the sweet sound of the voice of the vision!

’Tis I!

’Tis thou! O, say it once again![Clasping him.

’Tis he! ’tis he! Where now is all my pain?

The anguish of the dungeon, and the chain?

’Tis thou! Thou comest to save me,

And I am saved!

Again the street I see

Where first I looked on thee;

And the garden, brightly blooming,

Where I and Martha wait thy coming.

FAUST[struggling to leave]
Come! Come with me!

Delay, now!

So fain I stay, when thou delayest![Caressing him.

FAUSTAway, now!

If longer here thou stayest,

We shall be made to dearly rue it.

Kiss me!—canst no longer do it?

My friend, so short a time thou ’rt missing,

And hast unlearned thy kissing?

Why is my heart so anxious, on thy breast?

Where once a heaven thy glances did create me,

A heaven thy loving words expressed,

And thou didst kiss as thou wouldst suffocate me—

Kiss me!

Or I’ll kiss thee![She embraces him.

Ah, woe! thy lips are chill,

And still.

How changed in fashion

Thy passion!

Who has done me this ill?[She turns away from him.

Come, follow me! My darling, be more bold:

I’ll clasp thee, soon, with warmth a thousandfold;

But follow now! ’Tis all I beg of thee.

MARGARET[turning to him]
And is it thou? Thou, surely, certainly?

’Tis I! Come on!

Thou wilt unloose my chain,

And in thy lap wilt take me once again.

How comes it that thou dost not shrink from me?—

Say, dost thou know, my friend, whom thou mak’st free?

Come! come! The night already vanisheth.

My mother have I put to death;

I’ve drowned the baby born to thee.

Was it not given to thee and me?

Thee, too!—’Tis thou! It scarcely true doth seem—

Give me thy hand! ’Tis not a dream!

Thy dear, dear hand!—But, ah, ’tis wet!

Why, wipe it off! Methinks that yet

There’s blood thereon.

Ah, God! what hast thou done?

Nay, sheathe thy sword at last!

Do not affray me!

Oh, let the past be past!

Thy words will slay me!

No, no! Thou must outlive us.

Now I’ll tell thee the graves to give us:

Thou must begin to-morrow

The work of sorrow!

The best place give to my mother,

Then close at her side my brother,

And me a little away,

But not too very far, I pray!

And here, on my right breast, my baby lay!

Nobody else will lie beside me!—

Ah, within thine arms to hide me,

That was a sweet and a gracious bliss,

But no more, no more can I attain it!

I would force myself on thee and constrain it,

And it seems thou repellest my kiss:

And yet ’tis thou, so good, so kind to see!

If thou feelest it is I, then come with me!

Out yonder?

To freedom.

If the grave is there,

Death lying in wait, then come!

From here to eternal rest:

No further step—no, no!

Thou goest away! O Henry, if I could go!

Thou canst! Just will it! Open stands the door.

I dare not go: there’s no hope any more.

Why should I fly? They’ll still my steps waylay!

It is so wretched, forced to beg my living,

And a bad conscience sharper misery giving!

It is so wretched, to be strange, forsaken,

And I’d still be followed and taken!

I’ll stay with thee.

Be quick! Be quick!

Save thy perishing child!

Away! Follow the ridge

Up by the brook,

Over the bridge,

Into the wood,

To the left, where the plank is placed

In the pool!

Seize it in haste!

’Tis trying to rise,

’Tis struggling still!

Save it! Save it!

Recall thy wandering will!

One step, and thou art free at last!

If the mountain we had only passed!

There sits my mother upon a stone,—

I feel an icy shiver!

There sits my mother upon a stone,

And her head is wagging ever.

She beckons, she nods not, her heavy head falls o’er;

She slept so long that she wakes no more.

She slept, while we were caressing:

Ah, those were the days of blessing!

Here words and prayers are nothing worth;

I’ll venture, then, to bear thee forth.

No—let me go! I’ll suffer no force!

Grasp me not so murderously!

I’ve done, else, all things for the love of thee.

The day dawns: Dearest! Dearest!

Day? Yes, the day comes,—the last day breaks for me!

My wedding day it was to be!

Tell no one thou hast been with Margaret!

Woe for my garland! The chances

Are over—’tis all in vain!

We shall meet once again,

But not at the dances!

The crowd is thronging, no word is spoken:

The square below

And the streets overflow:

The death-bell tolls, the wand is broken.

I am seized, and bound, and delivered—

Shoved to the block—they give the sign!

Now over each neck has quivered

The blade that is quivering over mine.

Dumb lies the world like the grave!

Oh, had I ne’er been born!

MEPHISTOPHELES[appears outside]
Off! or you’re lost ere morn.

Useless talking, delaying, and praying!

My horses are neighing:

The morning twilight is near.

What rises up from the threshold here?

He! he! suffer him not!

What does he want in this holy spot?

He seeks me!

Thou shalt live.

Judgment of God! myself to thee I give.

Come! or I’ll leave her in the lurch, and thee!

Thine am I, Father! rescue me!

Ye angels, holy cohorts, guard me,

Camp around, and from evil ward me!

Henry! I shudder to think of thee.

She is judged!

VOICE[from above]
She is saved!

Hither to me![He disappears with Faust.

VOICE[from within, dying away]
Henry! Henry!


LEMURES[Digging with mocking gestures]
IN youth when I did love, did love,

Methought it was very sweet;

When ’twas jolly and merry every way,

And I blithely moved my feet.

But now old Age, with his stealing steps,

Hath clawed me with his crutch:

I stumbled over the door of a grave;

Why leave they open such?

[Comes forth from the palace, groping his way along the door-posts]
How I rejoice to hear the clattering spade!

It is the crowd, for me in service moiling,

Till Earth be reconciled to toiling,

Till the proud waves be stayed,

And the sea girded with a rigid zone.

And yet thou’rt laboring for us alone,

With all thy dikes and bulwarks daring;

Since thou for Neptune art preparing—

The Ocean Devil—carousal great.

In every way shall ye be stranded;

The elements with us are banded,

And ruin is the certain fate.



However possible,

Collect a crowd of men with vigor,

Spur by indulgence, praise, or rigor,—

Reward, allure, conscript, compel!

Each day report me, and correctly note

How grows in length the undertaken moat.

When they to me the information gave,

They spake not of a moat, but of—a grave.

Below the hills a marshy plain

Infects what I so long have been retrieving;

This stagnant pool likewise to drain

Were now my latest and my best achieving.

To many millions let me furnish soil,

Though not secure, yet free to active toil;

Green, fertile fields, where men and herds go forth

At once, with comfort, on the newest earth,

And swiftly settled on the hill’s firm base,

Created by the bold, industrious race.

A land like Paradise here, round about;

Up to the brink the tide may roar without,

And though it gnaw, to burst with force the limit,

By common impulse all unite to hem it.

Yes! to this thought I hold with firm persistence;

The last result of wisdom stamps it true:

He only earns his freedom and existence

Who daily conquers them anew.

Thus here, by dangers girt, shall glide away

Of childhood, manhood, age, the vigorous day:

And such a throng I fain would see,—

Stand on free soil among a people free!

Then dared I hail the Moment fleeing:

“Ah, still delay—thou art so fair!”

The traces cannot, of mine earthly being,

In æons perish,—they are there!

In proud fore-feeling of such lofty bliss,

I now enjoy the highest Moment,—this!

[Faust sinks back: the Lemures take him and lay him upon the ground.]

No joy could sate him, and suffice no bliss!

To catch but shifting shapes was his endeavor:

The latest, poorest, emptiest Moment—this,—

He wished to hold it fast forever.

Me he resisted in such vigorous wise,

But Time is lord, on earth the old man lies.

The clock stands still—

Stands still! silent as midnight, now!

The index falls.

It falls; and it is finished, here!

’Tis past!

Past! a stupid word.

If past, then why?

Past and pure Naught, complete monotony!

What good for us, this endlessly creating?—

What is created then annihilating?

“And now it’s past!” Why read a page so twisted?

’Tis just the same as if it ne’er existed,

Yet goes in circles round as if it had, however:

I’d rather choose, instead, the Void forever.


[Soaring in the higher atmosphere, bearing the immortal part of Faust]
THE NOBLE spirit now is free,

And saved from evil scheming:

Whoe’er aspires unweariedly

Is not beyond redeeming.

And if he feels the grace of love

That from on high is given,

The blessed hosts, that wait above,

Shall welcome him to heaven!

They, the roses, freely spended

By the penitent, the glorious,

Helped to make the fight victorious,

And the lofty work is ended.

We this precious soul have won us;

Evil ones we forced to shun us;

Devils fled us when we hit them:

’Stead of pangs of hell, that bit them,

Love pangs felt they, sharper, vaster:

Even he, old Satan Master,

Pierced with keenest pain retreated.

Now rejoice! The work’s completed!

Earth’s residue to bear

Hath sorely pressed us;

It were not pure and fair,

Though ’twere asbestus.

When every element

The mind’s high forces

Have seized, subdued, and blent,

No angel divorces

Twin natures single grown,

That inly mate them:

Eternal love alone

Can separate them.

Mist-like on heights above,

We now are seeing

Nearer and nearer move

Spiritual Being.

The clouds are growing clear;

And moving throngs appear

Of blessed boys,

Free from the earthly gloom,

In circling poise,

Who taste the cheer

Of the new springtime bloom

Of the upper sphere.

Let them inaugurate

Him to the perfect state,

Now, as their peer!

Gladly receive we now

Him, as a chrysalis:

Therefore achieve we now

Pledge of our bliss.

The earth-flakes dissipate

That cling around him!

See, he is fair and great!

Divine Life hath crowned him.

DOCTOR MARIANUS[In the highest, purest cell]
Free is the view at last,

The spirit lifted:

There women, floating past,

Are upward drifted:

The Glorious One therein,

With star-crown tender,—

The pure, the Heavenly Queen,

I know her splendor.

Highest Mistress of the World!

Let me in the azure

Tent of Heaven, in light unfurled,

Here thy Mystery measure!

Justify sweet thoughts that move

Breast of man to meet thee,

And with holy bliss of love

Bear him up to greet thee!

With unconquered courage we

Do thy bidding highest;

But at once shall gentle be,

When thou pacifiest.

Virgin, pure in brightest sheen,

Mother sweet, supernal,—

Unto us Elected Queen,

Peer of Gods Eternal!

Light clouds are circling

Around her splendor,—

Penitent women

Of natures tender,

Her knees embracing,

Ether respiring,

Mercy requiring!

Thou, in immaculate ray,

Mercy not leavest,

And the lightly led astray,

Who trust thee, receivest!

In their weakness fallen at length,

Hard it is to save them:

Who can crush, by native strength,

Vices that enslave them?

Whose the foot that may not slip

On the surface slanting?

Whom befool not eye and lip,

Breath and voice enchanting?

The Mater Gloriosa soars into the space

To heights thou’rt speeding

Of endless Eden:

Receive our pleading,

Transcendent Maiden,

With mercy laden!

MAGNA PECCATRIX[St. Luke, vii. 36]
By the love before him kneeling,—

Him, thy Son, a Godlike vision;

By the tears like balsam stealing,

Spite of Pharisees’ derision;

By the box, whose ointment precious

Shed its spice and odors cheery;

By the locks, whose softest meshes

Dried the holy feet and weary!—

By that well, the ancient station

Whither Abram’s flocks were driven;

By the jar, whose restoration

To the Savior’s lips was given;

By the fountain pure and vernal,

Thence its present bounty spending,—

Overflowing, bright, eternal,

Watering the worlds unending!—

By the place where the immortal

Body of the Lord hath lain;

By the arm which, from the portal,

Warning, thrust me back again;

By the forty years’ repentance

In the lonely desert land;

By the blissful farewell sentence

Which I wrote upon the sand!—

Thou thy presence not deniest

Unto sinful women ever,—

Liftest them to win the highest

Gain of penitent endeavor,—

So, from this good soul withdraw not—

Who but once forgot, transgressing,

Who her loving error saw not—

Pardon adequate, and blessing!

UNA PŒNITENTIUM[Formerly named Margaret, stealing closer]
Incline, O Maiden,

With mercy laden,

In light unfading,

Thy gracious countenance upon my bliss!

My loved, my lover,

His trials over

In yonder world, returns to me in this!

BLESSED BOYS[Approaching in hovering circles]
With mighty limbs he towers

Already above us;

He, for this love of ours,

Will richlier love us.

Early were we removed,

Ere Life could reach us;

Yet he hath learned and proved,

And he will teach us.

THE PENITENT[Formerly named Margaret]
The spirit choir around him seeing,

New to himself, he scarce divines

His heritage of new-born Being,

When like the Holy Host he shines.

Behold, how he each band hath cloven

The earthly life had round him thrown,

And through his garb, of ether woven,

The early force of youth is shown!

Vouchsafe to me that I instruct him!

Still dazzles him the Day’s new glare.

Rise thou to higher spheres! Conduct him,

Who, feeling thee, shall follow there!

DOCTOR MARIANUS[Prostrate, adoring]
Penitents, look up, elate,

Where she beams salvation;

Gratefully to blessed fate

Grow, in re-creation!

Be our souls, as they have been,

Dedicate to thee!

Virgin Holy, Mother, Queen,

Goddess, gracious be!

All things transitory

But as symbols are sent:

Earth’s insufficiency

Here grows to Event:

The Indescribable,

Here it is done:

The Woman Soul leadeth us

Upward and on!