Faust, by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Donjon

XVIII

Donjon

(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;

Thy 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!

Faust

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