In a short time you will improve, my friend, When of scholastic forms youlearn the use; And how by method all things to reduce.Student
Your are upon the proper track, I find; Take heed, let nothing dissipate yourmind.
Ne'er were we 'mong your dullards found, And what we ought not, that to dowere fair; Yet now are all things turning round and round, When on firm basiswe would them maintain.
The circle narrows, he's already near!
Undo the bolt! in silly night, Undo the bolt! the lover wakes. Shut to the bolt!when morning breaks.
To - whit! To - whoo! It sounds more near; Plover, owl and jay appear, Allawake, around, above? Paunchy salamanders too Peer, long - limbed, thebushes through! And, like snakes, the roots of treesCoil themselves from rock and sand, Stretching many a wondrous band, Usto frighten, us to seize; From rude knots with life embued, Polyp - fangsabroad they spread, To snare the wanderer! 'Neath our tread, Mice, inmyriads, thousand - hued, Through the heath and through the moss! And thefire - flies' glittering throng, Wildering escort, whirls along, Here and there, ourpath across. Tell me, stand we motionless, Or still forward do we press? Allthings round us whirl and fly; Rocks and trees make strange grimaces,Dazzling meteors change their places, How they puff and multiply!Mephistopheles
Broom and pitch - fork, goat and prong, Mounted on these we whirl along;Who vainly strives to climb to - night, Is evermore a luckless wight!Demi - Witch (below)