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Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom   By: (1752-1831)

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Translated from the German.

"Speed thee, speed thee, Liberty lead thee, Many this night shall hearken and heed thee. Far abroad, Demi god, Who shall appal thee! Javal, or devil, or what else we call thee."




The publication of the present volume may at first sight appear to require some brief explanation from the Translator, inasmuch as the character of the incidents may justify such an expectation on the part of the reader. It is therefore necessary to state, that although strange scenes of vice and crime are here exhibited, it is in the hope that they may serve as beacons, to guide the ignorant and unwary from the shoals on which they might otherwise be wrecked.

The work, when considered as a whole, is strictly moral. The Catholic priest is not praised for burning his fellow creature at an auto da fe , and for wallowing in licentiousness; nor is the Calvinist commended for his unrelenting malignity to all those whose tenets are different from his own, and for crying down the most innocent pleasures and relaxations which a bountiful and just God has been pleased to place within the reach of his earthly children.

The tyrant and the oppressor of mankind will here find himself depicted in his proper colours.

Neither will the champions of freedom pass the fiery ordeal with feet unseared; since a glorious specimen of what they all are will be found among the following pages. Ye who with ever open mouths are constantly clamouring at whatever is established, whether it be beneficial to the human race or injurious, will here find the motives for your conduct pointed out and held up to contempt and execration.

But, above all, this work contains the following highly useful advice:

Let every one bear his lot with patience, and not seek, at the expense of his repose, to penetrate into those secrets which the spirit of man, while dressed in the garb of mortality, cannot and must not unveil. Let every one bridle those emotions which the strange and frequently revolting phenomena of the moral world may cause to arise in his bosom, and beware of deciding upon them; for He alone who has power to check or permit them, can know how and why they happen, whither they tend, and what will be their ultimate consequence. To the mind of man all is dark; he is an enigma to himself: let him live, therefore, in the hope of once seeing clearly; and happy indeed is he who in this manner passes his days.

The present translation, it should be added, has been executed with as much fidelity to the original as the difference of the two languages, and other considerations, would allow.

CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. 1 Ambitious Character of Faustus His Discovery of Printing Journey to Frankfort The Devil, the White Nun, and Father Gebhardt of Mayence Faustus offers his Bible to the Council of Frankfort His first Interview with a Spirit The Infernal Banquet Speech of Satan Allegorical Entertainments of Leviathan Faustus's Dialogue with the Devil CHAPTER II. 60 Leviathan meets Faustus at an Inn at Frankfort Assembling of the Council, and Discussion on Faustus's Bible Corporation Squabbles Leviathan and Faustus invited to a grand Civic Entertainment Faustus presents his Bible to the City His Introduction to the Mayoress Knighthood of the Mayor The Devil's Revenge on the Corrupt Corporation The Hermit of Homburg A Lesson to Misanthropists The Hermit and the lovely Pilgrim His Hut burnt by Leviathan, and he perishes in the Flames Faustus returns to his Wife and Family at Mayence Espouses the Cause of a despairing Client, and corrupts the Judge Dispute about the Nun Clara Leviathan's Revenge on the avaricious Judge Faustus's Adventure with Clara Takes leave of his Family Rescues a Youth from Drowning CHAPTER III... Continue reading book >>

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