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Brander - They are but mountebanks, I'll lay a bet!
Mark me, I'll screw it from them yet.
These fellows would not scent the devil out,
E'en though he had them by the very throat !
Thanks for your fair salute.
How! goes the fellow on a halting foot ? Mephistopheles — Is it permitted here with you to sit ?
Then though good wine is not forthcoming here,
Good company at least our hearts will cheer.
Did you with Master Hans there chance to sup ?
When last we met him he had much to say
[With an inclination towards FROSCH.
Faith! he's a knowing one!
We heard some practiced voices pealing.
Reëcho from this vaulted ceiling !
Oh no, though strong the love, I cannot boast much skill.
As many as you will.
The pleasant land of wine and minstrelsy.
Who had a goodly flea —
An odd sort of guest he needs must be.
A king there was once reigning,
As his own son were he!
For jerkin and for hose!
The nicest measurement to take,
The hose quite smooth and not too large !
Behold the younker dressed ;
And crack without delay.
Such be the fate of every flea !
A glass to freedom I would gladly drain.
Else freely would I treat each worthy guest
best. Siebel — Out with it then! Your doings I'll defend. Frosch — Give a good glass, and straight we'll praise you, one and
Certes, an ample mouthful I require.
VOL. X. - 8
Mephistopheles - Fetch me a gimlet here!
Say, what therewith to bore ?
Now only say ! what liquor will you take ? Frosch -How mean you that ? have you of every sort? Mephistopheles — Each may his own selection make. Altmayer [to Frosch]
Ha! Ha! You lick your lips already at the thought. Frosch — Good, if I have my choice, the Rhenish I propose;
For still the fairest gifts the fatherland bestows. Mephistopheles [boring a hole in the edge of the table opposite to where Frosch is sitting]
Get me a little wax - and make some stoppers — quick ! Altmayer — Why, this is nothing but a juggler's trick ! Mephistopheles [to Brander] - And you ? Brander
Champagne's the wine for me; Right brisk, and sparkling let it be ! [MEPHISTOPHELES bores, one of the party has in the meantime pre
pared the wax-stoppers and stopped the holes. Brander - What foreign is one always can't decline,
What's good is often scattered far apart.
Yet has a relish for their wine.
I like not acid wine, I must allow,
Give me a glass of genuine sweet! Mephistopheles [bores]
Tokay Shall, if you wish it, flow without delay. Altmayer — Come! look me in the face ! no fooling now !
You are but making fun of us, I trow. Mephistopheles - Ah! ah! that would indeed be making free
With such distinguished guests. Come, no delay;
What liquor can I serve you with, I pray? Altmayer — Only be quick, it matters not to me.
[After the holes are all bored and stopped. Mephistopheles (with strange gestures]
Grapes the vine-stock bcars,
Have faith and here's a miracle !
Your stoppers draw and drink your fill! All [as they draw the stoppers and the wine chosen by each runs into
his glass] -Oh, beauteous spring, which flows so fair! Mephistopheles — Spill not a single drop, of this beware!
[They drink repeatedly. [All sing] — Happy as cannibals are we,
Or as five hundred swine.
You'll see a glorious revelation.
turns to flame]— Help! fire! help! Hell is burning ! Mephistopheles — [addressing the flames] —
Stop, Kind element, be still, I say !
[To the company.]
Us, it appears, you do not know.
How! add insult, too!
Hold! or blows shall rain on you ! Altmayer (draws a stopper out of the table ; fire springs out against
him]-I burn! I burn! Siebel
[They draw their knives and attack MEPHISTOPHELES. Mephistopheles (with solemn gestures]
Visionary scenes appear!
[They stand amazed and gaze on each other.
What stems there be! What grapes I see! [He seizes SIEBEL by the nose. The others reciprocally do the same, Mephistopheles [as above]
and raise their knives.
Delusion, from their eyes the bandage take !
Note how the devil loves a jest to break! [He disappears with Faust, the fellows draw back from one another. Siebel — What was it? Altmayer
How ? Frosch
Was that your nose ? Brander [to SIEBEL) - And look, my hand doth thine inclose! Altmayer - I felt a shock, it went through every limb!
A chair! I'm fainting ! all things swim ! Frosch-Say what has happened, what's it all about? Siebel Where is the fellow ? Could I scent him out,
His body from his soul I'd soon divide !
Forth through the cellar-door I saw him ride-
[Turning to the table.)
where are they? Altmayer - Who now will miracles gainsay ?
THE WITCH SCENE.
(A large caldron hangs over the fire on a low hearth; various figures appear in the vapor arising from it. A female monkey sits beside the cal. dron to skim it, and watch that it does not boil over. The male monkey with the young ones is seated near, warming himself. The walls and ceiling are adorned with the strangest articles of witch-furniture.)
Faust — This senseless, juggling witchcraft I detest!
Dost promise that in this foul rest