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art ; at last his eye rests upon a phial Shine with a glow of welcoming ; of deadly poison.
Calm at my feet the glorious mirror lies,
And tempts to far-off shores, with smiles I grasp thee-faithful friend art thou : from other skies! Already do I feel the strife That preyed upon my powers of life
The goblet into which he is about Calmed into peace; and now--and now to pour the poison, recalls a variety The swell, that troubled the clear spring of domestic associations—having dwelt Of my vext spirit ebbs away;
on these for a whileOutspread like ocean, Life and Day
This is a draught that, if the brain still think,
(He places the goblet to his mouth.
Bells heard and roices in chorus.
EASTER Hymy.- Chorus of Angels.
The grave is no prison :
Oh, those deep sounds, those voices rich and heavenly !
Hymn continued.- Chorus of Women.
Mong aloes and myrrh ;
Laid their dead Master here !
We left him in fear-
Chorus of Angels.
Sorrow no longer;
But he was the stronger.
Love, submission, self-denial
Marked the purifying trial;
Soft sounds, that breathe of Heaven, most mild, most powerful,
Any praise of such poetry as this ment, and is commencing a translation would be impertinent.
of St. John's Gospel, when the aggraIn the next scene Faustus and his vated impatience of the dog convinces pupil are found observing and mingling him that bis solitude is haunted by with the groups of citizens assembled some spirit of evil ; he has recourse to to celebrate the Easter festival in the powerful spells, and Mephistopheles at suburbs. Faustus falls into a moody last appears as a travelling scholar. reverie, and again invokes the spirits After a short converse, the Dæmon, of the air. A black dog is seen wheel- who is desirous of departing, but deing about them attracting their atten- tained by the superior power of Faust, tion by his gambols, and at last joins proposes to the Doctor an exhibition of them. We then find Faustus again in his art; he lulls him to sleep with the his closet with the dog. Somewhat aid of a song of his assistant spirits, soothed by his late intercourse with the expression of whose wild and unthe real world, his calmer thoughts are earthly melody, Mr. Anster may well continually, interrupted by the angry be proud of as a triumphant effort of growl of his companion. To fix his his art. mind he takes down the New Testa
Children of heaven,
In spiritual beauty,
Descending, and bending
With billowy motion,
And others, their brothers,
Downward are thronging,
Flowing to meet them,
Loving hearts longing,
Sighing to greet them.
O'er field and o'er flower,
On bank and in bower,
Ribands are futtering,
for which he has so long toiled in vain. Graceful they move,
This scene is one of extraordinary Where lovers are uttering
power, but we cannot bring ourselves Feelings of love,
to mar it by extract or abridgment, and Bower on bower,
it is too long for insertion entire. Hav. Tendril and flower:
ing persuaded bis victim to leave his Clustering grapes,
retirement, the fiend first brings him The vine's purple treasure,
to a society of drunkards; their revels Have fallen in the wine-vat,
and the grim gambols with which the And bleed in its pressure
Dæmon diversifies them are exhibited Foaming and steaming, the new wine is in an extraordinary scene, but Faustus streaming,
does not find here the object of his Over bright precious stones'
search. Love is next to be tried : for It rolls on from its fountain, Leaving behind it
this purpose Faustus is taken to a
witch's kitchen - Strange Monsters, Meadow and mountain, It lingers in wild lakes, more leisurely having the speech of man without his flowing
reason, are cooking some hellish broth; Where the hills to behold it with pleasure their jargon, in which snatches of are glowing:
meaning are clinked with nonsense And the winged throng
into wild rhymes, makes Faustus's head Fly rejoicing along
giddy, and the reader's nerves must be Onward and onward,
of the strongest if it has not the same With wings steering sun-ward,
effect on them. The witch herself To where the bright islands, with magical appears; he receives from her a potion motion,
by which his youth is renewed; and Stir with the waves of the stirring ocean. his desires are inflamed by the exhibiWhere we hear 'em shout in chorus, tion in her mirror of the form of perOr see 'em dance on lawns before us, fect female beauty. The Dæmon's train As over land or over waters
for his victim is now fully laidChance the idle parties scatters. Some upon the far hills gleaming,
“ With this draught in him he will meet, Some along the bright lakes streaming, A Helēna in every street." Some their forms in air suspending, Float in circles never-ending.
Accordingly he throws Faustus in the All their feelings and employment way of a lovely girl returning from Is the spirit of enjoyment,
church. Faustus, instantly enamoured, While the gracious stars above them offers her his arm--she disengages herSmile to say how much they love them. self— Mephistopheles enters-Faustus
demands of him the instant gratificaWhile the Doctor is asleep, the fiend tion of his desires, and after a slight contrives to escape.
hesitation skilfully managed to infiame In the next scene Mephistopheles them, the fiend promises to introduce again appears on the stage with him to her chamber ; the next scene Faustus, and at last induces his victim accordingly finds Faustus in Margaret's to sign the usual devilish compact, on apartment, which she, somewhat ruffled condition of obtaining for him that sa- by the incident in the street, has just tisfaction and acquiescence in his lot left.
Faustus (looking round.)
How round us breathe
- In low estate what more than riches are,
(He throws himself on the leathern arm-chair beside the bed."
-Even now she scarce is more-at Christmas eve,
The spirit of contentment, maiden dear,
Here could I linger hours on hours,
Where dreams and meditative thought,
Within her virgin bosom wrought,
Here lay the slumbering child, her tender breast
But thou accursed, what art thou ?
And should she now return and meet
Just as Faustus' better feelings are for Margaret; he desires Faustus to excited, Mephistopheles enters with a place them in her cabinet. casket of jewels, designed as a present
As if 'twere your old lecture-room, I krov not; ought I?
And the two sisters beautiful,
Physics and METAPHYSICS, whom
You loved so long, were standing there, Perhaps you wish to keep the casket;
With their hagged faces and grey hair ; li so—and that 'tis a varice
In person by the doctor's chair. I wish you joy of this cheap vice;
Come, come. I'm glad the momentary bubble
(Ereunt. Oi jore has burst-it saves me trouble; And easier pastimes you may find
After a few scenes in which, by means Than practising upon her mind.
of a female friend of Margaret, whom My poor brain scarcely understands Mephistopheles deceives by preteading What you are at-I rub my hands to become her suitor, Faustus is introAnd scratch my head.
duced to the poor girl, whose simplicity (Places the casket in the press, and closes and devoted affection are beautifully the lock.
drawn. Then follows a scene in which Away-come quick Faustus wholly possessed by his pasSoon shall this young, one fancy-sick,
si in has retired to some solitary place, Think often of you.--wish and will and which is one of such extraordinary All to one object pointing still ;
merit, that we must contrive to mike And there are you,---as starched and dull room for it.
FOREST AND CAVERY.
Alas! even now I feel man's joys must be
The ecstatic bliss,