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SCENE IV.—: The Same. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Goethe’s Works, vol. 2 (Faust 1 & 2, Egmont, Natural Daughter, Sorrows of Young Werther) 
Goethe’s Works, illustrated by the best German artists, 5 vols. (Philadelphia: G. Barrie, 1885). Vol. 2.
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Abbess. Two Nuns.
Adorable, holy virgin, here thou seest
One who is stupefied, confus’d, at odds
With self and with the world. My present sorrow,
Solicitude for future evils drive me
To seek thy presence, where I dare to hope
For swift deliverance from monstrous wrong.
If peace, reflection, reconciliation
With God and our own hearts can be imparted,
Then, noble stranger, shall the faithful word
Be taught thee which shall make thee know the joy
That blesses now and ever me and mine.
Unending is my woe; not even speech
With power divine could serve to assuage it.
Oh, take me! let me stay where thou dost stay,
And first, dissolv’d in tears of melancholy,
Devote my lighten’d heart to consolation.
Oft have I seen within my holy sphere
The tears of earth change into heavenly smiles,
And bitter sorrow into joy divine.
Yet not by force can entrance here be made.
Full many a trial must the novice suffer
That we may know her absolute desert.
Complete desert is easy to perceive,
And easy to fulfil severe conditions.
I do not doubt thy gentleness of birth,
Thy property, are all could be desir’d
To gain the privileges of this house
For thee, although they are so great and tempting:
So let me quickly learn what be thy wishes.
Grant my petition, take me to thy care!
Conceal me from the world in deep seclusion.
All that is mine I freely give to thee.
Much do I bring and more I hope to offer.
If youth and beauty can appeal to us,
A noble maiden fills our heart with love;
Dear child, then hast thou many claims upon us.
Beloved daughter, come into my arms.
With words like these, with such a warm embrace,
Thou hast at once appeas’d the angry storm
Which rag’d within my heart. The last wave dying
Still foams around me. I have reach’d the port.
(Stepping between.) Did not a wretched destiny oppose!
Behold this paper! give us then thy pity.
[She hands theAbbessthe paper.
(Having read it.) My censure thou deservest since thou knewest
That this was so, and yet our vain discourse
Thou didst permit unchalleng’d, though thou heardest.
I bow my head before the mightier hand
That seems to rule here.