The calf of gold is still standing! And satan leads the dance…

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants” – Benjamin Franklin

GC1Méphistophélès’ aria “Le Veau D’Or” from Gounod’s “Faust”

At his feet the human race,
Hurling itself about, iron in hand,
In blood and in the mire,
Where gleams the burning metal,
Where gleams the burning metal,
And satan leads the dance, etc.

The calf of gold is still standing!
One adulates his power,
One adulates his power,
From one end of the world to the other end!
To celebrate the infamous idol,
Kings and the people mixed together,
To the somber sound of golden coins,
They danse a wild round
Around his pedestal
Around his pedestal
And Satan leads the dance, etc, etc.

 The Worship of the Golden Calf by Filippino Lippi (1457–1504)


The Worship of the Golden Calf by Filippino Lippi (1457–1504)

The calf of gold is the victor over the gods!
In its derisory (absurde) glory,
In its derisory (absurde) glory,
The abject monster insults heaven!
It contemplates, oh weird frenzy!
At his feet the human race,
Hurling itself about, iron in hand,
In blood and in the mire,
Where gleams the burning metal,
Where gleams the burning metal,
And satan leads the dance, etc.

[Translation from Aria Database]

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