The Conjure Woman

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Walpurgis Night Fantasia - Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky

Tonight is Walpurgis night, the night witches were traditionally believed to fly to the mountains to dance with the Devil. In some traditions, the holiday and May Day, which follows it, are as significant as Christmas Eve and Christmas. The holiday celebrations usually include drinking and dancing, (May Poles included).

Mephistopheles takes Faust to the Brocken to dance with the witches in Goethe's play:

The witches t'ward the Brocken strain.
When the stubble yellow, green the grain.
The rabble rushes - as is meet - 
To Sir Urien's lordly seat.
O'er stick and stone we come, by jinks!
The witches f... the he goat s...

The broomstick caries, so does the stock;
the pitchfork carries, so does the buck;
who cannot rise on them tonight,
remains for eye a luckless wight.

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