Monday Meditations: Faust’s Darkness

Christopher Marlowe wrote a terrifying tale of a scholar who sold his soul to the devil. There’s a piece of classical music which goes pretty well with it. What do you think?

SONG OF THE WEEK

“Adagio in G Minor” composed by Tomaso Albinoni

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“My heart’s so harden’d, I cannot repent:
Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven,
But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears,
“Faustus, thou art damn’d!” then swords, and knives,
Poison, guns, halters, and envenom’d steel
Are laid before me to despatch myself;
And long ere this I should have slain myself,
Had not sweet pleasure conquer’d deep despair.
Have not I made blind Homer sing to me
Of Alexander’s love and Oenon’s death?
And hath not he, that built the walls of Thebes
With ravishing sound of his melodious harp,
Made music with my Mephistophilis?
Why should I die, then, or basely despair?
I am resolv’d; Faustus shall ne’er repent.”

Christopher Marlowe

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