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Friday, December 13, 2013

A Tassean cameo in Goethe's "Faust"

Es wechselt Paradieseshelle
Mit tiefer, schauervoller Nacht

__ vv. 253-254

The Prologue in Heaven. The Archangel Gabriel speaks of the glory of the Earth (der Erde Pracht), that "alternates heavenly light with deep, horrific night." The now classic, very learned Italian translator Guido Manacorda (1948) surely had Tasso's style and lexicon in his mind when he rendered these two verses as ". . .  e luce di paradiso alterna con profonda, orrida notte."