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YE fleeting phantoms,* ye approach again !
As once my troubled gaze ye sought of re, Now shall I strive to clasp ye not in vain ?
Still that illusion doth my heart adore ?t Closer ye draw! 'tis well, unchallenged reign, I
As forth from mist and cloud towards me ye soar ; My bosom flutters youthfully again At the witched atmosphere § that plays around your
In ye the forms of happier days I hail,
Amongst ye many much-loved shades upspring, Like to an olden half-forgotten tale, ||
First love and friendship in your ranks ye bring,
* Schwankende gestalten.-Schwanken is to waver, a figure that flits before our eyes, so that we cannot fix it, is called a schwankende gestalt.
As empty clouds by rising winds are tossed,
+ Faust was one of the earliest conceptions of Goethe, was, though intermittingly, the work of his whole life, and was finished not many weeks before that life terminated. # Walten indicates uncontrolled power.
Hauch is the motion of the air, caused by breathing, as contradistinguished from Athem, animal breath.
|| Literally like an ancient half-expired tradition.
The pain revives, and it recalls the wail
That moans life's labyrinthine wandering, And names the friends that of their hours of light By fate beguiled have ranished from my sight. The following songs alas they cannot hear,
Those souls for whom I tuned my early lay,*
The old responsive echo died away.
Even their applause upon my heart doth weigh,
There seizes me a yearning long unknown,
That tranquil earnest spirit realm to know, My faltering song in inarticulate tone,
Like an Eolian harp floats faint and low,
The hardened heart feels a new mildness glow,
* Many years elapsed between the commencement of Faust and its completion, towards the end of which period the dedication was composed.
Page 3, line 5, for on, read o'er.
9, for unnerving, read unreviving.
58, 12, for your, read thine. » 66,
2, for dusty, read lofty.
10, for overwrought, read o'erwrought.
9, for or, read for.
4, for 'Ti, read 'Tis. 132, 12, for the, read their. 136, last line, for do, read doth. 146, line 7, for head, read heart.
153, 10, for gape, read squeak. „ 154,
11, for put, read just.
Doth a witched atmosphere envelope me?
Are we of every breath of air the sport?
13, for Devout Genius, read CI DEVANT GUntus. 329, 6, MARGARET flings herself beside him.
239, 249, 315,