It does not appear in Shakespeare, so that the lines are as original with boto as the music is with Verdi.
boto's "Mefistofele" belongs of course to a subsequent period.
It appeared in Italia of the day after the performance, at which, it may be mentioned, boto applauded vigorously from a box.
The chief one is a votive picture commissioned by one boto da Maraglia who had been taken prisoner by the French but released.
boto, in his setting, sounds Goethe's drama to greater depths than Gounod.
These two, who may be linked up with reason with boto and Ponchielli, present many features of resemblance.
boto, on the other hand, in his evident desire to do justice to Goethe, has attempted too much and achieved too little.
I have been playing through boto's Mefistofele, a kind friend having given me the vocal score.