from Act IV, Scene 3 of the French opera Faust
by Charles-François Gounod
Libretto: Jules Barbier
, the Devil
Voice Part: bass Fach: lyric bass
Setting: A square in front of a cathedral in a German city, 16th century
Synopsis: Faust and Mèphistophélès come at night to Marguerite's house. Marguerite's window is lit up and Mèphistophélès offers to sing a serenade to get her to open the door for Faust. The serenade advises a woman not to give up her virginity until after she is married. Of course, he is mocking her for she has already slept with Faust and, in fact, is bearing his child.