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Parsifal

Story and Analysis of Wagner's Great Opera

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Author: H. R. Haweis
Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,897 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,148
Added to site: 2007.01.06
mnybks.net#: 15730
Genres: Music, History, Myth
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nsition periods between her mood of Grail service and the Klingsor slavery into which she must next relapse in spite of herself.

And is this the guileless one? This wild youth who slays the fair swan--who knows not his own name nor whence he comes, nor whither he goes, nor what are his destinies? The old knight eyes him curiously--he will put him to the test. This youth had seen the king pass once--he had marked his pain. Was he "enlightened by pity"? Is he the appointed deliverer? The old knight now invites him to the shrine of the Grail. "What is the Grail?" asks the youth. Truly a guileless, innocent one! yet a brave and pure knight, since he has known no evil, and so readily repents of a fault committed in ignorance.

Gurnemanz is strangely drawn to him. He shall see the Grail, and in the Holy Palace, what time the mystic light streams forth and the assembled knights bow themselves in prayer, the voice which comforted Amfortas shall speak to his deliverer and bid him arise and heal the king.<

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