A Witches’ Guild

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Two men on galloping horses are riding away from a sabbath ceremony taking place around gallows

Faust. What weave they there round the raven-stone? [...]
Soaring up, sweeping down, bowing and bending!
Mephistopheles. A witches' -guild.
Faust. They scatter, devote and doom!
Mephistopheles. On! on!


(Facing p. 135.)

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Two men on galloping horses are riding away from a sabbath-like ceremony taking place around gallows and, while they are conversing, a spectral female figure watches them pass by from a ditch.

The caption reads in French:

Faust : Que vois-je remuer autour de ce gibet ? […]
Ils vont et viennent, ils se baissent et se relèvent.
Meph. : C’est une assemblée de sorciers.
Faust : Ils sèment et consacrent.
Meph. : En avant ! en avant !

The caption in English was taken from the translation of Faust by Bayard Taylor. New York: Arden Book Company, n.d.

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