Lucifer - Treurspel (Dutch Edition)
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my word – I counselled them before God’s Throne to state Their case … In vain my plea, the uproar of debate Surged like a stormy sea, in Heaven’s face! Step forward, General! Take your rightful place! We’ll follow, if you’ve something to suggest … MICHAEL: Will to test? Who dares presume God’s Holy Who, in this Realm of peace, the flag of war Makes bold to raise? If an ambassador You would depute to plead your case on high, To reconcile you all with God, I’ll try … If not, you risk your necks!
free will, the motive springs of revolt against tyranny, the horrors of war and, not least, the challenge posed by life itself to man’s faith in his own destiny and the goodness of God. I was so fascinated by LUCIFER that I began to translate the play even before I had finished reading it. Later I discovered that earlier translations existed – notably those of L.C. Noppen, New York, 1898, J.P.R. Mody VONDEL AND MILTON, Bombay, 1942 and W. Kirkconnell in his CELESTIAL CIRCLE, University of
Lucifer his sacred GABRIEL: swayed, A third of Heaven, by his standard Have pledged their troth to Morning-Star, enthroned And censed, as he were God, while they intoned Blasphemous songs of praise and flattery! They’re headed this way, bent on battery, 102 oath Threatening to force the arsenal’s main door And loot the contents of the weapon-store. It’s like a tempest, raging above, below; Lightening flickering, thunder crashing, skied aglow! The palace trembles, pillars all but rent.
RAPHAEL. On sign from LUCIFER, BEELZEBUB withdraws. RAPHAEL: Law, what’s this? Lord Deputy, mouthpiece of God’s What’s driven you to stray from duty’s path, To scorn your glory’s well-spring, brave His wrath, Irresolute and wavering in allegiance? I’m shocked! I can’t conceive such disobedience! I hang upon your words, in lamentation … LUCIFER: Good Raphael… RAPHAEL: inspiration! Joy of my life! My Hear me, I beg… LUCIFER: RAPHAEL: war-attire As long as you desire! For pity’s sake!
thunder from God’s Throne instead? Shall then a younger son, of Adam’s race, Out-rank you and the first-born’s place Usurp and rob your post of honour due? For next to God, was none so great as you, In glory seated at the Godhead’s foot! Let no man dare our Orders to uproot, Our fealty’s rights revoke without a reason – Or all of Heaven will combat the treason! 40 LUCIFER: to rule, You judge aright! Ordained by law Who would let slip his kingdom, but a fool? Since God’s own law constrains the