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Faust, Parts 1 and 2

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Summary and Analysis Part 1: Maragareta's Room


Alone in her room, Gretchen sadly thinks that Faust has abandoned her. She sits at her spinning wheel and sings:

My peace is gone,
My heart is sore,
I shall find it never
And never more . . .


The "Spinning Wheel Song" is one of Goethe's best-known lyrics. It expresses Gretchen's overwhelming love for Faust. Her words indicate that her coming "seduction" will not be an unwilling one.