The rendering of the passages from Faust quoted by Dr. Steiner in the
two first chapters of this book has been a matter of some difficulty.
With one exception, indicated in a Footnote on Page 17, the translation
by Bayard Taylor has been used because of its undoubted superiority over
other metrical translations. Unfortunately for English students of
Goethe's masterpiece, Mr. Taylor's translation has been long out of
print, and I am indebted to Mr. Stanley Jast, of the Manchester Public
Reference Library, for his kindness in putting a copy of this very rare
book at my disposal. The most easily accessible of other metrical
translations is that of Miss Anna Swanwick, in Bohn's Popular Library,
published by G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., price 2/4.
A translation of the Fairy Tale of “The Green Snake and the Beautiful
Lily” has been added in order that readers may better be able to
follow Dr. Steiner's chapter on the subject.
The whole manuscript has been revised and improved by Mr. H. Collison,
who is ever ready to put his unrivalled knowledge of English translations
of Dr. Steiner's works at the disposal of less experienced students.
D. S. OSMOND.