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Christoper Marlowe





From the Quarto of 1604.

Edited by the Rev. Alexander Dyce.





In reprinting this editionI have here andthere amended the text by means of the later 4tos--161616241631.--Of 4to 1663which contains various comparatively modernalterations and additionsI have made no use.





VALDES    ] friends to FAUSTUS.
A Knight.
An Old Man.
ScholarsFriarsand Attendants.




Good Angel.
Evil Angel.
The Seven Deadly Sins.
Spirits in the shapes of ALEXANDER THE GREATof his Paramour
     and of HELEN.








     Enter CHORUS.


CHORUS. Not marching now in fields ofThrasymene
Where Mars did mate the Carthaginians;
Nor sporting in the dalliance of love
In courts of kings where state is overturn'd;
Nor in the pomp of proud audacious deeds
Intends our Muse to vaunt her heavenly verse:
Only thisgentlemen--we must perform
The form of Faustus' fortunesgood or bad:
To patient judgments we appeal our plaud
And speak for Faustus in his infancy.
Now is he bornhis parents base of stock
In Germanywithin a town call'd Rhodes:
Of riper yearsto Wertenberg he went
Whereas his kinsmen chiefly brought him up.
So soon he profits in divinity
The fruitful plot of scholarism grac'd
That shortly he was grac'd with doctor's name
Excelling all whose sweet delight disputes
In heavenly matters of theology;
Till swoln with cunningof a self-conceit
His waxen wings did mount above his reach
Andmeltingheavens conspir'd his overthrow;
Forfalling to a devilish exercise
And glutted now with learning's golden gifts
He surfeits upon cursed necromancy;
Nothing so sweet as magic is to him
Which he prefers before his chiefest bliss:
And this the man that in his study sits.


     FAUSTUS discovered inhis study.


FAUSTUS. Settle thy studiesFaustusand begin
To sound the depth of that thou wilt profess:
Having commenc'dbe a divine in shew
Yet level at the end of every art
And live and die in Aristotle's works.
Sweet Analytics'tis thou hast ravish'd me!
Bene disserere est finis logices.
Isto dispute welllogic's chiefest end?
Affords this art no greater miracle?
Then read no more; thou hast attain'd that end:
A greater subject fitteth Faustus' wit:
Bid Economy farewelland Galen come
SeeingUbi desinit philosophusibi incipitmedicus:
Be a physicianFaustus; heap up gold
And be eterniz'd for some wondrous cure:
Summum bonum medicinae sanitas
The end of physic is our body's health.
WhyFaustushast thou not attain'd that end?
Is not thy common talk found aphorisms?
Are not thy bills hung up as monuments
Whereby whole cities have escap'd the plague
And thousand desperate maladies been eas'd?
Yet art thou still but Faustusand a man.
Couldst thou make men to live eternally
Orbeing deadraise them to life again
Then this profession were to be esteem'd.
Physicfarewell!  Where is Justinian?


Si una eademque res legatur duobusalter rem
alter valorem rei&c.


A pretty case of paltry legacies!


Exhoereditare filium non potest paternisi&c.


Such is the subject of the institute
And universal body of the law:
This study fits a mercenary drudge
Who aims at nothing but external trash;
Too servile and illiberal for me.
When all is donedivinity is best:
Jerome's BibleFaustus; view it well.


Stipendium peccati mors est.


The reward of sin is death:  that's hard.


Si peccasse negamusfallimuret nulla est innobis veritas;


If we say that we have no sinwe deceiveourselvesand
there's no truth in us.  Whythenbelikewe must sinand so
consequently die:
Aywe must die an everlasting death.
What doctrine call you thisChe serasera
What will beshall be?  Divinityadieu!
These metaphysics of magicians
And necromantic books are heavenly;
Aythese are those that Faustus most desires.
Owhat a world of profit and delight
Of powerof honourof omnipotence
Is promis'd to the studious artizan!
All things that move between the quiet poles
Shall be at my command:  emperors andkings
Are but obeyed in their several provinces
Nor can they raise the windor rend theclouds;
But his dominion that exceeds in this
Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man;
A sound magician is a mighty god:
HereFaustustire thy brains to gain a deity.


     Enter WAGNER.


Wagnercommend me to my dearest friends
The German Valdes and Cornelius;
Request them earnestly to visit me.


WAGNER. I willsir.


FAUSTUS. Their conference will be a greaterhelp to me
Than all my laboursplod I ne'er so fast.




GOOD ANGEL. OFaustuslay that damned bookaside
And gaze not on itlest it tempt thy soul
And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head!
Readread the Scriptures:--that is blasphemy.


EVIL ANGEL. Go forwardFaustusin that famousart
Wherein all Nature's treasure is contain'd:
Be thou on earth as Jove is in the sky
Lord and commander of these elements.
     [Exeunt Angels.]


FAUSTUS. How am I glutted with conceit of this!
Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please
Resolve me of all ambiguities
Perform what desperate enterprise I will?
I'll have them fly to India for gold
Ransack the ocean for orient pearl
And search all corners of the new-found world
For pleasant fruits and princely delicates;
I'll have them read me strange philosophy
And tell the secrets of all foreign kings;
I'll have them wall all Germany with brass
And make swift Rhine circle fair Wertenberg;
I'll have them fill the public schools withsilk
Wherewith the students shall be bravely clad;
I'll levy soldiers with the coin they bring
And chase the Prince of Parma from our land
And reign sole king of all the provinces;
Yeastranger engines for the brunt of war
Than was the fiery keel at Antwerp's bridge
I'll make my servile spirits to invent.




ComeGerman Valdesand Cornelius
And make me blest with your sage conference.
Valdessweet Valdesand Cornelius
Know that your words have won me at the last
To practice magic and concealed arts:
Yet not your words onlybut mine own fantasy
That will receive no object; for my head
But ruminates on necromantic skill.
Philosophy is odious and obscure;
Both law and physic are for petty wits;
Divinity is basest of the three
Unpleasantharshcontemptibleand vile:
'Tis magicmagicthat hath ravish'd me.
Thengentle friendsaid me in this attempt;
And Ithat have with concise syllogisms
Gravell'd the pastors of the German church
And made the flowering pride of Wertenberg
Swarm to my problemsas the infernal spirits
On sweet Musaeus when he came to hell
Will be as cunning as Agrippa was
Whose shadow made all Europe honour him.


VALDES. Faustusthese booksthy witand ourexperience
Shall make all nations to canonize us.
As Indian Moors obey their Spanish lords
So shall the spirits of every element
Be always serviceable to us three;
Like lions shall they guard us when we please;
Like Almain rutters with their horsemen'sstaves
Or Lapland giantstrotting by our sides;
Sometimes like womenor unwedded maids
Shadowing more beauty in their airy brows
Than have the white breasts of the queen oflove:
From Venice shall they drag huge argosies
And from America the golden fleece
That yearly stuffs old Philip's treasury;
If learned Faustus will be resolute.


FAUSTUS. Valdesas resolute am I in this
As thou to live:  therefore object it not.


CORNELIUS. The miracles that magic will perform
Will make thee vow to study nothing else.
He that is grounded in astrology
Enrich'd with tongueswell seen in minerals
Hath all the principles magic doth require:
Then doubt notFaustusbut to be renowm'd
And more frequented for this mystery
Than heretofore the Delphian oracle.
The spirits tell me they can dry the sea
And fetch the treasure of all foreign wrecks
Ayall the wealth that our forefathers hid
Within the massy entrails of the earth:
Then tell meFaustuswhat shall we threewant?


FAUSTUS. NothingCornelius.  Othischeers my soul!
Comeshew me some demonstrations magical
That I may conjure in some lusty grove
And have these joys in full possession.


VALDES. Then haste thee to some solitary grove
And bear wise Bacon's and Albertus' works
The Hebrew Psalterand New Testament;
And whatsoever else is requisite
We will inform thee ere our conference cease.


CORNELIUS. Valdesfirst let him know the wordsof art;
And thenall other ceremonies learn'd
Faustus may try his cunning by himself.


VALDES. First I'll instruct thee in therudiments
And then wilt thou be perfecter than I.


FAUSTUS. Then come and dine with meandaftermeat
We'll canvass every quiddity thereof;
Forere I sleepI'll try what I can do:
This night I'll conjurethough I dietherefore.


     Enter two SCHOLARS.


FIRST SCHOLAR. I wonder what's become ofFaustusthat was wont
to make our schools ring with sic probo.


SECOND SCHOLAR. That shall we knowfor seehere comes his boy.


     Enter WAGNER.


FIRST SCHOLAR. How nowsirrah! where's thymaster?


WAGNER. God in heaven knows.


SECOND SCHOLAR. Whydost not thou know?


WAGNER. YesI know; but that follows not.


FIRST SCHOLAR. Go tosirrah! leave yourjestingand tell us
where he is.


WAGNER. That follows not necessary by force ofargumentthat you
being licentiatesshould stand upon: therefore acknowledge
your errorand be attentive.


SECOND SCHOLAR. Whydidst thou not say thouknewest?


WAGNER. Have you any witness on't?


FIRST SCHOLAR. YessirrahI heard you.


WAGNER. Ask my fellow if I be a thief.


SECOND SCHOLAR. Wellyou will not tell us?


WAGNER. YessirI will tell you:  yetif you were not dunces
you would never ask me such a question; for isnot he corpus
naturale? and is not that mobile? thenwherefore should you
ask me such a question?  But that I am bynature phlegmatic
slow to wrathand prone to lechery (to loveIwould say)
it were not for you to come within forty footof the place
of executionalthough I do not doubt to seeyou both hanged
the next sessions.  Thus having triumphedover youI will set
my countenance like a precisianand begin tospeak thus:--
Trulymy dear brethrenmy master is within atdinner
with Valdes and Corneliusas this wineif itcould speak
would inform your worships:  and sotheLord bless you
preserve youand keep youmy dear brethrenmy dear brethren!


FIRST SCHOLAR. NaythenI fear he is falleninto that damned art
for which they two are infamous through theworld.


SECOND SCHOLAR. Were he a strangerand notallied to meyet should
I grieve for him. Butcomelet us go andinform the Rector
and see if he by his grave counsel can reclaimhim.


FIRST SCHOLAR. Obut I fear me nothing canreclaim him!


SECOND SCHOLAR. Yet let us try what we can do.


     Enter FAUSTUS toconjure.


FAUSTUS. Now that the gloomy shadow of theearth
Longing to view Orion's drizzling look
Leaps from th' antartic world unto the sky
And dims the welkin with her pitchy breath
Faustusbegin thine incantations
And try if devils will obey thy hest
Seeing thou hast pray'd and sacrific'd to them.
Within this circle is Jehovah's name
Forward and backward anagrammatiz'd
Th' abbreviated names of holy saints
Figures of every adjunct to the heavens
And characters of signs and erring stars
By which the spirits are enforc'd to rise:
Then fear notFaustusbut be resolute
And try the uttermost magic can perform.--
Sint mihi dei Acherontis propitii!  Valeatnumen triplex Jehovoe!
Igneiaeriiaquatani spiritussalvete! Orientis princeps
Belzebubinferni ardentis monarchaetDemogorgonpropitiamus
vosut appareat et surgat Mephistophilisquodtumeraris:
per JehovamGehennamet consecratam aquamquam nunc spargo
signumque crucis quod nunc facioet per votanostraipse nunc
surgat nobis dicatus Mephistophilis!




I charge thee to returnand change thy shape;
Thou art too ugly to attend on me:
Goand return an old Franciscan friar;
That holy shape becomes a devil best.


I see there's virtue in my heavenly words:
Who would not be proficient in this art?
How pliant is this Mephistophilis
Full of obedience and humility!
Such is the force of magic and my spells:
NoFaustusthou art conjuror laureat
That canst command great Mephistophilis:
Quin regis Mephistophilis fratris imagine.


     Re-enterMEPHISTOPHILIS like a Franciscan friar.


MEPHIST. NowFaustuswhat wouldst thou haveme do?


FAUSTUS. I charge thee wait upon me whilst Ilive
To do whatever Faustus shall command
Be it to make the moon drop from her sphere
Or the ocean to overwhelm the world.


MEPHIST. I am a servant to great Lucifer
And may not follow thee without his leave:
No more than he commands must we perform.


FAUSTUS. Did not he charge thee to appear tome?


MEPHIST. NoI came hither of mine own accord.


FAUSTUS. Did not my conjuring speeches raisethee? speak.


MEPHIST. That was the causebut yet peraccidens;
Forwhen we hear one rack the name of God
Abjure the Scriptures and his Saviour Christ
We flyin hope to get his glorious soul;
Nor will we comeunless he use such means
Whereby he is in danger to be damn'd.
Therefore the shortest cut for conjuring
Is stoutly to abjure the Trinity
And pray devoutly to the prince of hell.


FAUSTUS. So Faustus hath
Already done; and holds this principle
There is no chief but only Belzebub;
To whom Faustus doth dedicate himself.
This word "damnation" terrifies nothim
For he confounds hell in Elysium:
His ghost be with the old philosophers!
Butleaving these vain trifles of men's souls
Tell me what is that Lucifer thy lord?


MEPHIST. Arch-regent and commander of allspirits.


FAUSTUS. Was not that Lucifer an angel once?


MEPHIST. YesFaustusand most dearly lov'd ofGod.


FAUSTUS. How comes itthenthat he is princeof devils?


MEPHIST. Oby aspiring pride and insolence;
For which God threw him from the face ofheaven.


FAUSTUS. And what are you that live withLucifer?


MEPHIST. Unhappy spirits that fell withLucifer
Conspir'd against our God with Lucifer
And are for ever damn'd with Lucifer.


FAUSTUS. Where are you damn'd?


MEPHIST. In hell.


FAUSTUS. How comes itthenthat thou art outof hell?


MEPHIST. Whythis is hellnor am I out of it:
Think'st thou that Iwho saw the face of God
And tasted the eternal joys of heaven
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells
In being depriv'd of everlasting bliss?
OFaustusleave these frivolous demands
Which strike a terror to my fainting soul!


FAUSTUS. Whatis great Mephistophilis sopassionate
For being deprived of the joys of heaven?
Learn thou of Faustus manly fortitude
And scorn those joys thou never shalt possess.
Go bear these tidings to great Lucifer:
Seeing Faustus hath incurr'd eternal death
By desperate thoughts against Jove's deity
Sayhe surrenders up to him his soul
So he will spare him four and twenty years
Letting him live in all voluptuousness;
Having thee ever to attend on me
To give me whatsoever I shall ask
To tell me whatsoever I demand
To slay mine enemiesand aid my friends
And always be obedient to my will.
Go and return to mighty Lucifer
And meet me in my study at midnight
And then resolve me of thy master's mind.


MEPHIST. I willFaustus.


FAUSTUS. Had I as many souls as there be stars
I'd give them all for Mephistophilis.
By him I'll be great emperor of the world
And make a bridge thorough the moving air
To pass the ocean with a band of men;
I'll join the hills that bind the Afric shore
And make that country continent to Spain
And both contributory to my crown:
The Emperor shall not live but by my leave
Nor any potentate of Germany.
Now that I have obtain'd what I desir'd
I'll live in speculation of this art
Till Mephistophilis return again.


     Enter WAGNER andCLOWN.


WAGNER. Sirrah boycome hither.


CLOWN. Howboy! swownsboy!  I hope youhave seen many boys
with such pickadevaunts as I have:  boyquotha!


WAGNER. Tell mesirrahhast thou any comingsin?


CLOWN. Ayand goings out too; you may seeelse.


WAGNER. Alaspoor slave! see how povertyjesteth in his nakedness!
the villain is bare and out of serviceand sohungrythat I know
he would give his soul to the devil for ashoulder of mutton
though it were blood-raw.


CLOWN. How! my soul to the devil for a shoulderof muttonthough
'twere blood-raw! not sogood friend: by'r ladyI had need
have it well roastedand good sauce to itifI pay so dear.


WAGNER. Wellwilt thou serve meand I'll makethee go like
Qui mihi discipulus?


CLOWN. Howin verse?


WAGNER. Nosirrah; in beaten silk andstaves-acre.


CLOWN. Howhowknaves-acre! ayI thoughtthat was all the land
his father left him.  Do you hear?  Iwould be sorry to rob you of
your living.


WAGNER. SirrahI say in staves-acre.


CLOWN. Ohoohostaves-acre! whythenbelikeif I were your
manI should be full of vermin.


WAGNER. So thou shaltwhether thou beest withme or no.  But
sirrahleave your jestingand bind yourselfpresently unto me
for seven yearsor I'll turn all the liceabout thee into
familiarsand they shall tear thee in pieces.


CLOWN. Do you hearsir? you may save thatlabour; they are too
familiar with me already:  swownstheyare as bold with my flesh
as if they had paid for their meat and drink.


WAGNER. Welldo you hearsirrah? holdtakethese guilders.
     [Gives money.]


CLOWN. Gridirons! what be they?


WAGNER. WhyFrench crowns.


CLOWN. Massbut for the name of French crownsa man were as good
have as many English counters.  And whatshould I do with these?


WAGNER. Whynowsirrahthou art at an hour'swarningwhensoever
or wheresoever the devil shall fetch thee.


CLOWN. Nono; heretake your gridirons again.


WAGNER. TrulyI'll none of them.


CLOWN. Trulybut you shall.


WAGNER. Bear witness I gave them him.


CLOWN. Bear witness I give them you again.


WAGNER. WellI will cause two devils presentlyto fetch thee
away.--Baliol and Belcher!


CLOWN. Let your Baliol and your Belcher comehereand I'll
knock themthey were never so knocked sincethey were devils:
say I should kill one of themwhat would folkssay?  "Do ye see
yonder tall fellow in the round slop? he haskilled the devil."
So I should be called Kill-devil all the parishover.


     Enter two DEVILS; andthe CLOWN runs up and down crying.


WAGNER. Baliol and Belcher--spiritsaway!
     [Exeunt DEVILS.]


CLOWN. Whatare they gone? a vengeance onthem! they have vile
long nails.  There was a he-devil and ashe-devil:  I'll tell you
how you shall know them; all he-devils hashornsand all
she-devils has clifts and cloven feet.


WAGNER. Wellsirrahfollow me.


CLOWN. Butdo you hear? if I should serve youwould you teach
me to raise up Banios and Belcheos?


WAGNER. I will teach thee to turn thyself toany thingto a dog
or a cator a mouseor a rator any thing.


CLOWN. How! a Christian fellow to a dogor acata mouse
or a rat! nonosir; if you turn me into anythinglet it be
in the likeness of a little pretty friskingfleathat I may be
here and there and every where:  OI'lltickle the pretty wenches'
plackets!  I'll be amongst themi'faith.


WAGNER. Wellsirrahcome.


CLOWN. Butdo you hearWagner?


WAGNER. How!--Baliol and Belcher!


CLOWN. O Lord!  I praysirlet Banio andBelcher go sleep.


WAGNER. Villaincall me Master Wagnerand letthy left eye be
diametarily fixed upon my right heelwithquasi vestigiis
nostris insistere.


CLOWN. God forgive mehe speaks Dutchfustian.  WellI'll follow
him; I'll serve himthat's flat.


     FAUSTUS discovered inhis study.


FAUSTUS. NowFaustusmust
Thou needs be damn'dand canst thou not besav'd:
What boots itthento think of God or heaven?
Away with such vain fanciesand despair;
Despair in Godand trust in Belzebub:
Now go not backward; noFaustusbe resolute:
Why waver'st thou?  Osomething soundethin mine ears
"Abjure this magicturn to God again!"
Ayand Faustus will turn to God again.
To God? he loves thee not;
The god thou serv'st is thine own appetite
Wherein is fix'd the love of Belzebub:
To him I'll build an altar and a church
And offer lukewarm blood of new-born babes.




GOOD ANGEL. Sweet Faustusleave that execrableart.


FAUSTUS. Contritionprayerrepentance--whatof them?


GOOD ANGEL. Othey are means to bring theeunto heaven!


EVIL ANGEL. Rather illusionsfruits of lunacy
That make men foolish that do trust them most.


GOOD ANGEL. Sweet Faustusthink of heaven andheavenly things.


EVIL ANGEL. NoFaustus; think of honour and ofwealth.
     [Exeunt ANGELS.]


FAUSTUS. Of wealth!
Whythe signiory of Embden shall be mine.
When Mephistophilis shall stand by me
What god can hurt theeFaustus? thou art safe
Cast no more doubts.--ComeMephistophilis
And bring glad tidings from great Lucifer;--
Is't not midnight?--comeMephistophilis




Now tell me what says Luciferthy lord?


MEPHIST. That I shall wait on Faustus whilst helives
So he will buy my service with his soul.


FAUSTUS. Already Faustus hath hazarded that forthee.


MEPHIST. ButFaustusthou must bequeath itsolemnly
And write a deed of gift with thine own blood;
For that security craves great Lucifer.
If thou deny itI will back to hell.


FAUSTUS. StayMephistophilisand tell mewhat good will my soul
do thy lord?


MEPHIST. Enlarge his kingdom.


FAUSTUS. Is that the reason why he tempts usthus?


MEPHIST. Solamen miseris socios habuissedoloris.


FAUSTUS. Whyhave you any pain that tortureothers!


MEPHIST. As great as have the human souls ofmen.
Buttell meFaustusshall I have thy soul?
And I will be thy slaveand wait on thee
And give thee more than thou hast wit to ask.


FAUSTUS. AyMephistophilisI give it thee.


MEPHIST. ThenFaustusstab thine armcourageously
And bind thy soulthat at some certain day
Great Lucifer may claim it as his own;
And then be thou as great as Lucifer.


FAUSTUS. [Stabbing his arm] LoMephistophilisfor love of thee
I cut mine armand with my proper blood
Assure my soul to be great Lucifer's
Chief lord and regent of perpetual night!
View here the blood that trickles from minearm
And let it be propitious for my wish.


MEPHIST. ButFaustusthou must
Write it in manner of a deed of gift.


FAUSTUS. Ayso I will [Writes].  ButMephistophilis
My blood congealsand I can write no more.


MEPHIST. I'll fetch thee fire to dissolve itstraight.


FAUSTUS. What might the staying of my bloodportend?
Is it unwilling I should write this bill?
Why streams it notthat I may write afresh?
FAUSTUS GIVES TO THEE HIS SOUL:  ahthereit stay'd!
Why shouldst thou not? is not thy soul shineown?


     Re-enterMEPHISTOPHILIS with a chafer of coals.


MEPHIST. Here's fire; comeFaustusset it on.


FAUSTUS. Sonow the blood begins to clearagain;
Now will I make an end immediately.


MEPHIST. Owhat will not I do to obtain hissoul?


FAUSTUS. Consummatum est; this bill is ended
And Faustus hath bequeath'd his soul toLucifer.
But what is this inscription on mine arm?
Homofuge:  whither should I fly?
If unto Godhe'll throw me down to hell.
My senses are deceiv'd; here's nothing writ:--
I see it plain; here in this place is writ
Homofuge:  yet shall not Faustus fly.


MEPHIST. I'll fetch him somewhat to delight hismind.
     [Asideand thenexit.]


     Re-enterMEPHISTOPHILIS with DEVILSwho give crowns
     and rich apparel toFAUSTUSdanceand then depart.


FAUSTUS. SpeakMephistophiliswhat means thisshow?


MEPHIST. NothingFaustusbut to delight thymind withal
And to shew thee what magic can perform.


FAUSTUS. But may I raise up spirits when Iplease?


MEPHIST. AyFaustusand do greater thingsthan these.


FAUSTUS. Then there's enough for a thousandsouls.
HereMephistophilisreceive this scroll
A deed of gift of body and of soul:
But yet conditionally that thou perform
All articles prescrib'd between us both.


MEPHIST. FaustusI swear by hell and Lucifer
To effect all promises between us made!


FAUSTUS. Then hear me read them.  [Reads]ON THESE CONDITIONS


MEPHIST. SpeakFaustusdo you deliver this asyour deed?


FAUSTUS. Aytake itand the devil give theegood on't!


MEPHIST. NowFaustusask what thou wilt.


FAUSTUS. First will I question with thee abouthell.
Tell mewhere is the place that men call hell?


MEPHIST. Under the heavens.


FAUSTUS. Aybut whereabout?


MEPHIST. Within the bowels of these elements
Where we are tortur'd and remain for ever:
Hell hath no limitsnor is circumscrib'd
In one self place; for where we are is hell
And where hell isthere must we ever be:
Andto concludewhen all the world dissolves
And every creature shall be purified
All places shall be hell that are not heaven.


FAUSTUS. ComeI think hell's a fable.


MEPHIST. Aythink so stilltill experiencechange thy mind.


FAUSTUS. Whythink'st thouthenthat Faustusshall be damn'd?


MEPHIST. Ayof necessityfor here's thescroll
Wherein thou hast given thy soul to Lucifer.


FAUSTUS. Ayand body too:  but what ofthat?
Think'st thou that Faustus is so fond toimagine
Thatafter this lifethere is any pain?
Tushthese are trifles and mere old wives'tales.


MEPHIST. ButFaustusI am an instance toprove the contrary
For I am damn'dand am now in hell.


FAUSTUS. How! now in hell!
Nayan this be hellI'll willingly be damn'dhere:
What! walkingdisputing&c.
Butleaving off thislet me have a wife
The fairest maid in Germany;
For I am wanton and lascivious
And cannot live without a wife.


MEPHIST. How! a wife!
I pritheeFaustustalk not of a wife.


FAUSTUS. Naysweet Mephistophilisfetch meonefor I will have


MEPHIST. Wellthou wilt have one?  Sitthere till I come:  I'll
fetch thee a wife in the devil's name.


     Re-enterMEPHISTOPHILIS with a DEVIL drest like a WOMAN
     with fire-works.


MEPHIST. Tell meFaustushow dost thou likethy wife?


FAUSTUS. A plague on her for a hot whore!


MEPHIST. TutFaustus
Marriage is but a ceremonial toy;
If thou lovest methink no more of it.
I'll cull thee out the fairest courtezans
And bring them every morning to thy bed:
She whom thine eye shall likethy heart shallhave
Be she as chaste as was Penelope
As wise as Sabaor as beautiful
As was bright Lucifer before his fall.
Holdtake this bookperuse it thoroughly:
     [Gives book.]


The iterating of these lines brings gold;
The framing of this circle on the ground
Brings whirlwindstempeststhunderandlightning;
Pronounce this thrice devoutly to thyself
And men in armour shall appear to thee
Ready to execute what thou desir'st.


FAUSTUS. ThanksMephistophilis:  yet fainwould I have a book
wherein I might behold all spells andincantationsthat I
might raise up spirits when I please.


MEPHIST. Here they are in this book.
     [Turns to them.]


FAUSTUS. Now would I have a book where I mightsee all characters
and planets of the heavensthat I might knowtheir motions and


MEPHIST. Here they are too.
     [Turns to them.]


FAUSTUS. Naylet me have one book more--andthen I have done--
wherein I might see all plantsherbsandtreesthat grow upon
the earth.


MEPHIST. Here they be.


FAUSTUS. Othou art deceived.


MEPHIST. TutI warrant thee.
     [Turns to them.]


FAUSTUS. When I behold the heavensthen Irepent
And curse theewicked Mephistophilis
Because thou hast depriv'd me of those joys.


MEPHIST. WhyFaustus
Thinkest thou heaven is such a glorious thing?
I tell thee'tis not half so fair as thou
Or any man that breathes on earth.


FAUSTUS. How prov'st thou that?


MEPHIST. 'Twas made for mantherefore is manmore excellent.


FAUSTUS. If it were made for man'twas madefor me:
I will renounce this magic and repent.




GOOD ANGEL. Faustusrepent; yet God will pitythee.


EVIL ANGEL. Thou art a spirit; God cannot pitythee.


FAUSTUS. Who buzzeth in mine ears I am aspirit?
Be I a devilyet God may pity me;
AyGod will pity meif I repent.


EVIL ANGEL. Aybut Faustus never shall repent.
     [Exeunt ANGELS.]


FAUSTUS. My heart's so harden'dI cannotrepent:
Scarce can I name salvationfaithor heaven
But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears
"Faustusthou art damn'd!" thenswordsand knives
Poisongunshaltersand envenom'd steel
Are laid before me to despatch myself;
And long ere this I should have slain myself
Had not sweet pleasure conquer'd deep despair.
Have not I made blind Homer sing to me
Of Alexander's love and Oenon's death?
And hath not hethat built the walls of Thebes
With ravishing sound of his melodious harp
Made music with my Mephistophilis?
Why should I diethenor basely despair?
I am resolv'd; Faustus shall ne'er repent.--
ComeMephistophilislet us dispute again
And argue of divine astrology.
Tell meare there many heavens above the moon
Are all celestial bodies but one globe
As is the substance of this centric earth?


MEPHIST. As are the elementssuch are thespheres
Mutually folded in each other's orb
All jointly move upon one axletree
Whose terminine is term'd the world's widepole;
Nor are the names of SaturnMarsor Jupiter
Feign'dbut are erring stars.


FAUSTUS. Buttell mehave they all onemotionboth situ et


MEPHIST. All jointly move from east to west intwenty-four hours
upon the poles of the world; but differ intheir motion upon
the poles of the zodiac.


These slender trifles Wagner can decide:
Hath Mephistophilis no greater skill?
Who knows not the double motion of the planets?
The first is finish'd in a natural day;
The second thus; as Saturn in thirty years;Jupiter in twelve;
Mars in four; the SunVenusand Mercury in ayear; the Moon in
twenty-eight days.  Tushthese arefreshmen's suppositions.
Buttell mehath every sphere a dominion orintelligentia?




FAUSTUS. How many heavens or spheres are there?


MEPHIST. Nine; the seven planetsthefirmamentand the empyreal


FAUSTUS. Wellresolve me in this question; whyhave we not
conjunctionsoppositionsaspectseclipsesall at one time
but in some years we have morein some less?


MEPHIST. Per inoequalem motum respectu totius.


FAUSTUS. WellI am answered.  Tell me whomade the world?


MEPHIST. I will not.


FAUSTUS. Sweet Mephistophilistell me.


MEPHIST. Move me notfor I will not tell thee.


FAUSTUS. Villainhave I not bound thee to tellme any thing?


MEPHIST. Aythat is not against our kingdom;but this is.  Think
thou on hellFaustusfor thou art damned.


FAUSTUS. ThinkFaustusupon God that made theworld.


MEPHIST. Remember this.


FAUSTUS. Aygoaccursed spiritto ugly hell!
'Tis thou hast damn'd distressed Faustus' soul.
Is't not too late?


     Re-enter GOOD ANGELand EVIL ANGEL.


EVIL ANGEL. Too late.


GOOD ANGEL. Never too lateif Faustus canrepent.


EVIL ANGEL. If thou repentdevils shall tearthee in pieces.


GOOD ANGEL. Repentand they shall never razethy skin.
     [Exeunt ANGELS.]


FAUSTUS. AhChristmy Saviour
Seek to save distressed Faustus' soul!




LUCIFER. Christ cannot save thy soulfor he isjust:
There's none but I have interest in the same.


FAUSTUS. Owho art thou that look'st soterrible?


LUCIFER. I am Lucifer
And this is my companion-prince in hell.


FAUSTUS. OFaustusthey are come to fetchaway thy soul!


LUCIFER. We come to tell thee thou dost injureus;
Thou talk'st of Christcontrary to thypromise:
Thou shouldst not think of God:  think ofthe devil
And of his dam too.


FAUSTUS. Nor will I henceforth:  pardon mein this
And Faustus vows never to look to heaven
Never to name Godor to pray to him
To burn his Scripturesslay his ministers
And make my spirits pull his churches down.


LUCIFER. Do soand we will highly gratifythee.  Faustuswe are
come from hell to shew thee some pastime: sit downand thou
shalt see all the Seven Deadly Sins appear intheir proper shapes.


FAUSTUS. That sight will be as pleasing untome
As Paradise was to Adamthe first day
Of his creation.


LUCIFER. Talk not of Paradise nor creation; butmark this show:
talk of the deviland nothing else.--Comeaway!


     Enter the SEVEN DEADLYSINS.


NowFaustusexamine them of their severalnames and dispositions.


FAUSTUS. What art thouthe first?


PRIDE. I am Pride.  I disdain to have anyparents.  I am like to
Ovid's flea; I can creep into every corner of awench; sometimes
like a perriwigI sit upon her brow; orlikea fan of feathers
I kiss her lips; indeedI do--what do I not? Butfiewhat a
scent is here!  I'll not speak anotherwordexcept the ground
were perfumedand covered with cloth of arras.


FAUSTUS. What art thouthe second?


COVETOUSNESS. I am Covetousnessbegotten of anold churlin an
old leathern bag:  andmight I have mywishI would desire that
this house and all the people in it were turnedto goldthat I
might lock you up in my good chest:  Omysweet gold!


FAUSTUS. What art thouthe third?


WRATH. I am Wrath.  I had neither fathernor mother:  I leapt out
of a lion's mouth when I was scarcehalf-an-hour old; and ever
since I have run up and down the world withthis case
of rapierswounding myself when I had nobodyto fight withal.
I was born in hell; and look to itfor some ofyou shall be
my father.


FAUSTUS. What art thouthe fourth?


ENVY. I am Envybegotten of a chimney-sweeperand an oyster-wife.
I cannot readand therefore wish all bookswere burnt.  I am lean
with seeing others eat.  Othat therewould come a famine through
all the worldthat all might dieand I livealone! then thou
shouldst see how fat I would be.  But mustthou sitand I stand?
come downwith a vengeance!


FAUSTUS. Awayenvious rascal!--What art thouthe fifth?


GLUTTONY. Who Isir?  I am Gluttony. My parents are all dead
and the devil a penny they have left mebut abare pensionand
that is thirty meals a-day and ten bevers--asmall trifle
to suffice nature.  OI come of a royalparentage! my grandfather
was a Gammon of Baconmy grandmother aHogshead of Claret-wine;
my godfathers were thesePeter Pickle-herringand Martin
Martlemas-beef; Obut my godmothershe was ajolly gentlewoman
and well-beloved in every good town and city;her name was Mistress
Margery March-beer.  NowFaustusthouhast heard all my progeny;
wilt thou bid me to supper?


FAUSTUS. NoI'll see thee hanged:  thouwilt eat up all my victuals.


GLUTTONY. Then the devil choke thee!


FAUSTUS. Choke thyselfglutton!--What artthouthe sixth?


SLOTH. I am Sloth.  I was begotten on asunny bankwhere I have
lain ever since; and you have done me greatinjury to bring me
from thence:  let me be carried thitheragain by Gluttony and
Lechery.  I'll not speak another word fora king's ransom.


FAUSTUS. What are youMistress Minxtheseventh and last?


LECHERY. Who Isir?  I am one that lovesan inch of raw mutton
better than an ell of fried stock-fish; and thefirst letter
of my name begins with L.


FAUSTUS. Awayto hellto hell!
     [Exeunt the SINS.]


LUCIFER. NowFaustushow dost thou like this?


FAUSTUS. Othis feeds my soul!


LUCIFER. TutFaustusin hell is all manner ofdelight.


FAUSTUS. Omight I see helland return again
How happy were I then!


LUCIFER. Thou shalt; I will send for thee atmidnight.
In meantime take this book; peruse itthroughly
And thou shalt turn thyself into what shapethou wilt.


FAUSTUS. Great thanksmighty Lucifer!
This will I keep as chary as my life.


LUCIFER. FarewellFaustusand think on thedevil.


FAUSTUS. Farewellgreat Lucifer.
     [Exeunt LUCIFER andBELZEBUB.]




     Enter CHORUS.


CHORUS. Learned Faustus
To know the secrets of astronomy
Graven in the book of Jove's high firmament
Did mount himself to scale Olympus' top
Being seated in a chariot burning bright
Drawn by the strength of yoky dragons' necks.
He now is gone to prove cosmography
Andas I guesswill first arrive at Rome
To see the Pope and manner of his court
And take some part of holy Peter's feast
That to this day is highly solemniz'd.




FAUSTUS. Having nowmy good Mephistophilis
Pass'd with delight the stately town of Trier
Environ'd round with airy mountain-tops
With walls of flintand deep-entrenched lakes
Not to be won by any conquering prince;
From Paris nextcoasting the realm of France
We saw the river Maine fall into Rhine
Whose banks are set with groves of fruitfulvines;
Then up to Naplesrich Campania
Whose buildings fair and gorgeous to the eye
The streets straight forthand pav'd withfinest brick
Quarter the town in four equivalents:
There saw we learned Maro's golden tomb
The way he cutan English mile in length
Thorough a rock of stonein one night's space;
From thence to VenicePaduaand the rest
In one of which a sumptuous temple stands
That threats the stars with her aspiring top.
Thus hitherto hath Faustus spent his time:
But tell me now what resting-place is this?
Hast thouas erst I did command
Conducted me within the walls of Rome?


MEPHIST. FaustusI have; andbecause we willnot be unprovided
I have taken up his Holiness' privy-chamber forour use.


FAUSTUS. I hope his Holiness will bid uswelcome.


Tut'tis no matter; man; we'll be bold withhis good cheer.
And nowmy Faustusthat thou mayst perceive
What Rome containeth to delight thee with
Know that this city stands upon seven hills
That underprop the groundwork of the same:
Just through the midst runs flowing Tiber'sstream
With winding banks that cut it in two parts;
Over the which four stately bridges lean
That make safe passage to each part of Rome:
Upon the bridge call'd Ponte Angelo
Erected is a castle passing strong
Within whose walls such store of ordnance are
And double cannons fram'd of carved brass
As match the days within one complete year;
Besides the gatesand high pyramides
Which Julius Caesar brought from Africa.


FAUSTUS. Nowby the kingdoms of infernal rule
Of Styxof Acheronand the fiery lake
Of ever-burning PhlegethonI swear
That I do long to see the monuments
And situation of bright-splendent Rome:
Comethereforelet's away.


MEPHIST. NayFaustusstay:  I know you'dfain see the Pope
And take some part of holy Peter's feast
Where thou shalt see a troop of bald-patefriars
Whose summum bonum is in belly-cheer.


FAUSTUS. WellI'm content to compass then somesport
And by their folly make us merriment.
Then charm methat I
May be invisibleto do what I please
Unseen of any whilst I stay in Rome.
     [Mephistophilis charmshim.]


MEPHIST. SoFaustus; now
Do what thou wiltthou shalt not be discern'd.


     Sound a Sonnet. Enterthe POPE and the CARDINAL OF
     LORRAIN to thebanquetwith FRIARS attending.


POPE. My Lord of Lorrainwill't please youdraw near?


FAUSTUS. Fall toand the devil choke youanyou spare!


POPE. How now! who's that which spake?--Friarslook about.


FIRST FRIAR. Here's nobodyif it like yourHoliness.


POPE. My lordhere is a dainty dish was sentme from the Bishop
of Milan.


FAUSTUS. I thank yousir.
     [Snatches the dish.]


POPE. How now! who's that which snatched themeat from me? will
no man look?--My lordthis dish was sent mefrom the Cardinal
of Florence.


FAUSTUS. You say true; I'll ha't.
     [Snatches the dish.]


POPE. Whatagain!--My lordI'll drink to yourgrace.


FAUSTUS. I'll pledge your grace.
     [Snatches the cup.]


C. OF LOR. My lordit may be some ghostnewlycrept out of
Purgatorycome to beg a pardon of yourHoliness.


POPE. It may be so.--Friarsprepare a dirge tolay the fury
of this ghost.--Once againmy lordfall to.
     [The POPE crosseshimself.]


FAUSTUS. Whatare you crossing of yourself?
Welluse that trick no moreI would adviseyou.
     [The POPE crosseshimself again.]


Wellthere's the second time.  Aware thethird;
I give you fair warning.
     [The POPE crosseshimself againand FAUSTUS hits him a box
      of the ear; andthey all run away.]


Come onMephistophilis; what shall we do?


MEPHIST. NayI know not:  we shall becursed with bellbook
and candle.


FAUSTUS. How! bellbookand candle--candlebookand bell--
Forward and backwardto curse Faustus to hell!
Anon you shall hear a hog grunta calf bleatand an ass bray
Because it is Saint Peter's holiday.


     Re-enter all theFRIARS to sing the Dirge.


Comebrethrenlet's about our business withgood devotion.


     They sing.


TABLE!  maledicat Dominus!
maledicat Dominus!
maledicat Dominus!
Dominus?  sic>
     Et omnes Sancti! Amen!


     [MEPHISTOPHILIS andFAUSTUS beat the FRIARSand fling
      fire-works amongthem; and so exeunt.]


     Enter CHORUS.


CHORUS. When Faustus had with pleasure ta'enthe view
Of rarest thingsand royal courts of kings
He stay'd his courseand so returned home;
Where such as bear his absence but with grief
I mean his friends and near'st companions
Did gratulate his safety with kind words
And in their conference of what befell
Touching his journey through the world and air
They put forth questions of astrology
Which Faustus answer'd with such learned skill
As they admir'd and wonder'd at his wit.
Now is his fame spread forth in every land:
Amongst the rest the Emperor is one
Carolus the Fifthat whose palace now
Faustus is feasted 'mongst his noblemen.
What there he didin trial of his art
I leave untold; your eyes shall see['t]perform'd.


     Enter ROBIN theOstlerwith a book in his hand.


ROBIN. Othis is admirable! here I ha' stolenone of Doctor
Faustus' conjuring-booksandi'faithI meanto search some
circles for my own use.  Now will I makeall the maidens in our
parish dance at my pleasurestark nakedbefore me; and so
by that means I shall see more than e'er I feltor saw yet.


     Enter RALPHcallingROBIN.


RALPH. Robinpritheecome away; there's agentleman tarries
to have his horseand he would have his thingsrubbed and made
clean:  he keeps such a chafing with mymistress about it; and
she has sent me to look thee out; pritheecomeaway.


ROBIN. Keep outkeep outor else you areblown upyou are
dismemberedRalph:  keep outfor I amabout a roaring piece
of work.


RALPH. Comewhat doest thou with that samebook? thou canst
not read?


ROBIN. Yesmy master and mistress shall findthat I can read
he for his foreheadshe for her private study;she's born to
bear with meor else my art fails.


RALPH. WhyRobinwhat book is that?


ROBIN. What book! whythe most intolerablebook for conjuring
that e'er was invented by any brimstone devil.


RALPH. Canst thou conjure with it?


ROBIN. I can do all these things easily withit; firstI can
make thee drunk with ippocras at any tabern inEurope
for nothing; that's one of my conjuring works.


RALPH. Our Master Parson says that's nothing.


ROBIN. TrueRalph:  and moreRalphifthou hast any mind to
Nan Spitour kitchen-maidthen turn her andwind her to thy own
useas often as thou wiltand at midnight.


RALPH. ObraveRobin! shall I have Nan Spitand to mine own
use?  On that condition I'll feed thydevil with horse-bread as
long as he livesof free cost.


ROBIN. No moresweet Ralph:  let's go andmake clean our boots
which lie foul upon our handsand then to ourconjuring in the
devil's name.


     Enter ROBIN and RALPHwith a silver goblet.


ROBIN. ComeRalph:  did not I tell theewe were for ever made
by this Doctor Faustus' book? eccesignum!here's a simple
purchase for horse-keepers:  our horsesshall eat no hay as
long as this lasts.


RALPH. ButRobinhere comes the Vintner.


ROBIN. Hush!  I'll gull himsupernaturally.


     Enter VINTNER.


DrawerI hope all is paid; God be withyou!--ComeRalph.


VINTNER. Softsir; a word with you.  Imust yet have a goblet paid
from youere you go.


ROBIN. I a gobletRalphI a goblet!--I scornyou; and you are
but a&c.  I a goblet! search me.


VINTNER. I mean sosirwith your favour.
     [Searches ROBIN.]


ROBIN. How say you now?


VINTNER. I must say somewhat to yourfellow.--Yousir!


RALPH. Mesir! mesir! search your fill. [VINTNER searches him.]
Nowsiryou may be ashamed to burden honestmen with a matter
of truth.


VINTNER. Welltone of you hath this gobletabout you.


ROBIN. You liedrawer'tis afore me[Aside].--Sirrah youI'll
teach you to impeach honest men;--standby;--I'll scour you for
a goblet;--stand aside you had bestI chargeyou in the name of
Belzebub.--Look to the gobletRalph [Aside toRALPH].


VINTNER. What mean yousirrah?


ROBIN. I'll tell you what I mean.  [Readsfrom a book] Sanctobulorum
Periphrasticon--nayI'll tickle youVintner.--Look to the goblet
Ralph [Aside to RALPH].--[Reads] PolypragmosBelseborams framanto
pacostiphos tostuMephistophilis&c.


     Enter MEPHISTOPHILISsets squibs at their backsand then
     exit.  They runabout.


VINTNER. Onomine Domini! what meanest thouRobin? thou hast no


RALPH. Peccatum peccatorum!--Here's thy gobletgood Vintner.
     [Gives the goblet toVINTNERwho exits.]


ROBIN. Misericordia pro nobis! what shall Ido?  Good devilforgive
me nowand I'll never rob thy library more.




MEPHIST. Monarch of Hellunder whose blacksurvey
Great potentates do kneel with awful fear
Upon whose altars thousand souls do lie
How am I vexed with these villains' charms?
From Constantinople am I hither come
Only for pleasure of these damned slaves.


ROBIN. Howfrom Constantinople! you have had agreat journey:
will you take sixpence in your purse to pay foryour supperand
be gone?


MEPHIST. Wellvillainsfor your presumptionI transform thee
into an apeand thee into a dog; and so begone!


ROBIN. Howinto an ape! that's brave: I'll have fine sport with
the boys; I'll get nuts and apples enow.


RALPH. And I must be a dog.


ROBIN. I'faiththy head will never be out ofthe pottage-pot.




EMPEROR. Master Doctor FaustusI have heardstrange report
of thy knowledge in the black arthow thatnone in my empire
nor in the whole world can compare with theefor the rare effects
of magic:  they say thou hast a familiarspiritby whom thou canst
accomplish what thou list.  Thisthereforeis my requestthat
thou let me see some proof of thy skillthatmine eyes may be
witnesses to confirm what mine ears have heardreported:  and here
I swear to theeby the honour of mine imperialcrownthat
whatever thou doestthou shalt be no waysprejudiced or endamaged.


KNIGHT. I'faithhe looks much like a conjurer.


FAUSTUS. My gracious sovereignthough I mustconfess myself far
inferior to the report men have publishedandnothing answerable
to the honour of your imperial majestyyetfor that love and duty
binds me thereuntoI am content to dowhatsoever your majesty
shall command me.


EMPEROR. ThenDoctor Faustusmark what Ishall say.
As I was sometime solitary set
Within my closetsundry thoughts arose
About the honour of mine ancestors
How they had won by prowess such exploits
Got such richessubdu'd so many kingdoms
As we that do succeedor they that shall
Hereafter possess our throneshall
(I fear me) ne'er attain to that degree
Of high renown and great authority:
Amongst which kings is Alexander the Great
Chief spectacle of the world's pre-eminence
The bright shining of whose glorious acts
Lightens the world with his reflecting beams
As when I hear but motion made of him
It grieves my soul I never saw the man:
Ifthereforethouby cunning of thine art
Canst raise this man from hollow vaults below
Where lies entomb'd this famous conqueror
And bring with him his beauteous paramour
Both in their right shapesgestureand attire
They us'd to wear during their time of life
Thou shalt both satisfy my just desire
And give me cause to praise thee whilst I live.


FAUSTUS. My gracious lordI am ready toaccomplish your request
so far forth as by art and power of my spirit Iam able to perform.


KNIGHT. I'faiththat's just nothing at all.


FAUSTUS. Butif it like your graceit is notin my ability
to present before your eyes the truesubstantial bodies of those
two deceased princeswhich long since areconsumed to dust.


KNIGHT. AymarryMaster Doctornow there's asign of grace in
youwhen you will confess the truth.


FAUSTUS. But such spirits as can livelyresemble Alexander and
his paramour shall appear before your graceinthat manner that
they both lived inin their most flourishingestate; which
I doubt not shall sufficiently content yourimperial majesty.


EMPEROR. Go toMaster Doctor; let me see thempresently.


KNIGHT. Do you hearMaster Doctor? you bringAlexander and his
paramour before the Emperor!


FAUSTUS. How thensir?


KNIGHT. I'faiththat's as true as Diana turnedme to a stag.


FAUSTUS. Nosir; butwhen Actaeon diedheleft the horns for
you.--Mephistophilisbe gone.


KNIGHT. Nayan you go to conjuringI'll begone.


FAUSTUS. I'll meet with you anon forinterrupting me so.
--Here they aremy gracious lord.


     Re-enterMEPHISTOPHILIS with SPIRITS in the shapes of ALEXANDER
     and his PARAMOUR.


EMPEROR. Master DoctorI heard this ladywhile she livedhad a
wart or mole in her neck:  how shall Iknow whether it be so or no?


FAUSTUS. Your highness may boldly go and see.


EMPEROR. Surethese are no spiritsbut thetrue substantial
bodies of those two deceased princes.
     [Exeunt Spirits.]


FAUSTUS. Wilt please your highness now to sendfor the knight
that was so pleasant with me here of late?


EMPEROR. One of you call him forth.
     [Exit ATTENDANT.]


     Re-enter the KNIGHTwith a pair of horns on his head.


How nowsir knight! whyI had thought thouhadst been a bachelor
but now I see thou hast a wifethat not onlygives thee horns
but makes thee wear them.  Feel on thyhead.


KNIGHT. Thou damned wretch and execrable dog
Bred in the concave of some monstrous rock
How dar'st thou thus abuse a gentleman?
VillainI sayundo what thou hast done!


FAUSTUS. Onot so fastsir! there's nohaste:  butgoodare
you remembered how you crossed me in myconference with the
Emperor?  I think I have met with you forit.


EMPEROR. Good Master Doctorat my entreatyrelease him:  he hath
done penance sufficient.


FAUSTUS. My gracious lordnot so much for theinjury he offered
me here in your presenceas to delight youwith some mirthhath
Faustus worthily requited this injuriousknight; which being all
I desireI am content to release him of hishorns:--and
sir knighthereafter speak well ofscholars.--Mephistophilis
transform him straight.  [MEPHISTOPHILISremoves the horns.]
--Nowmy good lordhaving done my dutyIhumbly take my leave.


EMPEROR. FarewellMaster Doctor:  yetere you go
Expect from me a bounteous reward.


FAUSTUS. NowMephistophilisthe restlesscourse
That time doth run with calm and silent foot
Shortening my days and thread of vital life
Calls for the payment of my latest years:
Thereforesweet Mephistophilislet us
Make haste to Wertenberg.


MEPHIST. Whatwill you go on horse-back or onfootFAUSTUS. Naytill I'm past this fair and
pleasant green
I'll walk on foot.


     Enter a HORSE-COURSER.


HORSE-COURSER. I have been all this day seekingone Master Fustian:
masssee where he is!--God save youMasterDoctor!


FAUSTUS. Whathorse-courser! you are well met.


HORSE-COURSER. Do you hearsir?  I havebrought you forty dollars
for your horse.


FAUSTUS. I cannot sell him so:  if thoulikest him for fiftytake


HORSE-COURSER. AlassirI have no more!--Ipray youspeak for


MEPHIST. I pray youlet him have him:  heis an honest fellow
and he has a great chargeneither wife norchild.


FAUSTUS. Wellcomegive me your money[HORSE-COURSER gives
FAUSTUS the money]:  my boy will deliverhim to you.  But I must
tell you one thing before you have him; ridehim not into the
waterat any hand.


HORSE-COURSER. Whysirwill he not drink ofall waters?


FAUSTUS. Oyeshe will drink of all waters;but ride him not
into the water:  ride him over hedge orditchor where thou wilt
but not into the water.


HORSE-COURSER. Wellsir.--Now am I made manfor ever:  I'll not
leave my horse for forty:  if he had butthe quality of
hey-ding-dinghey-ding-dingI'd make a braveliving on him:
he has a buttock as slick as an eel[Aside].--WellGod b'wi'ye
sir:  your boy will deliver him me: buthark yousir; if my horse
be sick or ill at easeif I bring his water toyouyou'll tell
me what it is?


FAUSTUS. Awayyou villain! whatdost think Iam a horse-doctor?
     [Exit HORSE-COURSER.]


What art thouFaustusbut a man condemn'd todie?
Thy fatal time doth draw to final end;
Despair doth drive distrust into my thoughts:
Confound these passions with a quiet sleep:
TushChrist did call the thief upon the Cross;
Then rest theeFaustusquiet in conceit.
     [Sleeps in his chair.]


     Re-enterHORSE-COURSERall wetcrying.


HORSE-COURSER. Alasalas!  DoctorFustianquoth a? massDoctor
Lopus was never such a doctor:  has givenme a purgationhas
purged me of forty dollars; I shall never seethem more.  But yet
like an ass as I wasI would not be ruled byhimfor he bade me
I should ride him into no water:  now Ithinking my horse had had
some rare quality that he would not have had meknow ofI
like a venturous youthrid him into the deeppond at the town's
end.  I was no sooner in the middle of thepondbut my horse
vanished awayand I sat upon a bottle of haynever so near
drowning in my life.  But I'll seek out mydoctorand have my
forty dollars againor I'll make it thedearest horse!--O
yonder is his snipper-snapper.--Do you hear?youhey-pass
where's your master?


MEPHIST. Whysirwhat would you? you cannotspeak with him.


HORSE-COURSER. But I will speak with him.


MEPHIST. Whyhe's fast asleep:  come someother time.


HORSE-COURSER. I'll speak with him nowor I'llbreak his
glass-windows about his ears.


MEPHIST. I tell theehe has not slept thiseight nights.


HORSE-COURSER. An he have not slept this eightweeksI'll
speak with him.


MEPHIST. Seewhere he isfast asleep.


HORSE-COURSER. Aythis is he.--God save youMaster Doctor
Master DoctorMaster Doctor Fustian! fortydollarsforty dollars
for a bottle of hay!


MEPHIST. Whythou seest he hears thee not.


HORSE-COURSER. So-hoho! so-hoho! [Hollows in his ear.]  No
will you not wake?  I'll make you wake ereI go.  [Pulls FAUSTUS
by the legand pulls it away.]  AlasIam undone! what shall
I do?


FAUSTUS. Omy legmy leg!--HelpMephistophilis! call the
officers.--My legmy leg!


MEPHIST. Comevillainto the constable.


HORSE-COURSER. O Lordsirlet me goand I'llgive you forty
dollars more!


MEPHIST. Where be they?


HORSE-COURSER. I have none about me:  cometo my ostry
and I'll give them you.


MEPHIST. Be gone quickly.
     [HORSE-COURSER runsaway.]


FAUSTUS. Whatis he gone? farewell he! Faustus has his leg again
and the Horse-courserI take ita bottle ofhay for his labour:
wellthis trick shall cost him forty dollarsmore.


     Enter WAGNER.


How nowWagner! what's the news with thee?


WAGNER. Sirthe Duke of Vanholt doth earnestlyentreat your


FAUSTUS. The Duke of Vanholt! an honourablegentlemanto whom
I must be no niggard of my cunning.--ComeMephistophilis
let's away to him.




DUKE. Believe meMaster Doctorthis merrimenthath much pleased


FAUSTUS. My gracious lordI am glad itcontents you so well.
--But it may bemadamyou take no delight inthis.  I have heard
that great-bellied women do long for somedainties or other:  what
is itmadam? tell meand you shall have it.


DUCHESS. Thanksgood Master Doctor:  andfor I see your courteous
intent to pleasure meI will not hide from youthe thing my heart
desires; andwere it now summeras it isJanuary and the dead
time of the winterI would desire no bettermeat than a dish
of ripe grapes.


FAUSTUS. Alasmadamthat'snothing!--Mephistophilisbe gone.
[Exit MEPHISTOPHILIS.] Were it a greater thingthan thisso it
would content youyou should have it.


     Re-enterMEPHISTOPHILIS with grapes.


Here they bemadam:  wilt please youtaste on them?


DUKE. Believe meMaster Doctorthis makes mewonder above the
restthat being in the dead time of winter andin the month of
Januaryhow you should come by these grapes.


FAUSTUS. If it like your gracethe year isdivided into two
circles over the whole worldthatwhen it ishere winter with
usin the contrary circle it is summer withthemas in India
Sabaand farther countries in the east; and bymeans of a
swift spirit that I haveI had them broughthitheras you see.
--How do you like themmadam? be they good?


DUCHESS. Believe meMaster Doctorthey be thebest grapes that
e'er I tasted in my life before.


FAUSTUS. I am glad they content you somadam.


DUKE. Comemadamlet us inwhere you mustwell reward this
learned man for the great kindness he hathshewed to you.


DUCHESS. And so I willmy lord; andwhilst Iliverest
beholding for this courtesy.


FAUSTUS. I humbly thank your grace.


DUKE. ComeMaster Doctorfollow usandreceive your reward.


     Enter WAGNER.


WAGNER. I think my master means to die shortly
For he hath given to me all his goods:
And yetmethinksif that death were near
He would not banquetand carouseand swill
Amongst the studentsas even now he doth
Who are at supper with such belly-cheer
As Wagner ne'er beheld in all his life.
Seewhere they come! belike the feast isended.


     Enter FAUSTUS with twoor three SCHOLARSand MEPHISTOPHILIS.


FIRST SCHOLAR. Master Doctor Faustussince ourconference about
fair ladieswhich was the beautifulest in allthe worldwe have
determined with ourselves that Helen of Greecewas the admirablest
lady that ever lived:  thereforeMasterDoctorif you will do us
that favouras to let us see that peerlessdame of Greecewhom
all the world admires for majestywe shouldthink ourselves much
beholding unto you.


FAUSTUS. Gentlemen
For that I know your friendship is unfeign'd
And Faustus' custom is not to deny
The just requests of those that wish him well
You shall behold that peerless dame of Greece
No otherways for pomp and majesty
Than when Sir Paris cross'd the seas with her
And brought the spoils to rich Dardania.
Be silentthenfor danger is in words.
     [Music soundsandHELEN passeth over the stage.]


SECOND SCHOLAR. Too simple is my wit to tellher praise
Whom all the world admires for majesty.


THIRD SCHOLAR. No marvel though the angryGreeks pursu'd
With ten years' war the rape of such a queen
Whose heavenly beauty passeth all compare.


FIRST SCHOLAR. Since we have seen the pride ofNature's works
And only paragon of excellence
Let us depart; and for this glorious deed
Happy and blest be Faustus evermore!


FAUSTUS. Gentlemenfarewell:  the same Iwish to you.
     [Exeunt SCHOLARS.]


     Enter an OLD MAN.


OLD MAN. AhDoctor Faustusthat I mightprevail
To guide thy steps unto the way of life
By which sweet path thou mayst attain the goal
That shall conduct thee to celestial rest!
Break heartdrop bloodand mingle it withtears
Tears falling from repentant heaviness
Of thy most vile and loathsome filthiness
The stench whereof corrupts the inward soul
With such flagitious crimes of heinous sin
As no commiseration may expel
But mercyFaustusof thy Saviour sweet
Whose blood alone must wash away thy guilt.


FAUSTUS. Where art thouFaustus? wretchwhathast thou done?
Damn'd art thouFaustusdamn'd; despair anddie!
Hell calls for rightand with a roaring voice
Says"Faustuscome; thine hour is almostcome;"
And Faustus now will come to do thee right.
     [MEPHISTOPHILIS giveshim a dagger.]


OLD MAN. Ahstaygood Faustusstay thydesperate steps!
I see an angel hovers o'er thy head
Andwith a vial full of precious grace
Offers to pour the same into thy soul:
Then call for mercyand avoid despair.


FAUSTUS. Ahmy sweet friendI feel
Thy words to comfort my distressed soul!
Leave me a while to ponder on my sins.


OLD MAN. I gosweet Faustus; but with heavycheer
Fearing the ruin of thy hopeless soul.


FAUSTUS. Accursed Faustuswhere is mercy now?
I do repent; and yet I do despair:
Hell strives with grace for conquest in mybreast:
What shall I do to shun the snares of death?


MEPHIST. Thou traitorFaustusI arrest thysoul
For disobedience to my sovereign lord:
Revoltor I'll in piece-meal tear thy flesh.


FAUSTUS. Sweet Mephistophilisentreat thy lord
To pardon my unjust presumption
And with my blood again I will confirm
My former vow I made to Lucifer.


MEPHIST. Do itthenquicklywith unfeignedheart
Lest greater danger do attend thy drift.


FAUSTUS. Tormentsweet friendthat base andcrooked age
That durst dissuade me from thy Lucifer
With greatest torments that our hell affords.


MEPHIST. His faith is great; I cannot touch hissoul;
But what I may afflict his body with
I will attemptwhich is but little worth.


FAUSTUS. One thinggood servantlet me craveof thee
To glut the longing of my heart's desire--
That I might have unto my paramour
That heavenly Helen which I saw of late
Whose sweet embracings may extinguish clean
Those thoughts that do dissuade me from my vow
And keep mine oath I made to Lucifer.


MEPHIST. Faustusthisor what else thou shaltdesire
Shall be perform'd in twinkling of an eye.


     Re-enter HELEN.


FAUSTUS. Was this the face that launch'd athousand ships
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium--
Sweet Helenmake me immortal with a kiss.--
     [Kisses her.]
Her lips suck forth my soul:  seewhereit flies!--
ComeHelencomegive me my soul again.
Here will I dwellfor heaven is in these lips
And all is dross that is not Helena.
I will be Parisand for love of thee
Instead of Troyshall Wertenberg be sack'd;
And I will combat with weak Menelaus
And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;
YeaI will wound Achilles in the heel
And then return to Helen for a kiss.
Othou art fairer than the evening air
Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;
Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter
When he appear'd to hapless Semele;
More lovely than the monarch of the sky
In wanton Arethusa's azur'd arms;
And none but thou shalt be my paramour!


     Enter the OLD MAN.


OLD MAN. Accursed Faustusmiserable man
That from thy soul exclud'st the grace ofheaven
And fly'st the throne of his tribunal-seat!


     Enter DEVILS.


Satan begins to sift me with his pride:
As in this furnace God shall try my faith
My faithvile hellshall triumph over thee.
Ambitious fiendssee how the heavens smile
At your repulseand laugh your state to scorn!
Hencehell! for hence I fly unto my God.
     [Exeunt--on one sideDEVILSon the otherOLD MAN.]




FAUSTUS. Ahgentlemen!


FIRST SCHOLAR. What ails Faustus?


FAUSTUS. Ahmy sweet chamber-fellowhad Ilived with thee
then had I lived still! but now I dieeternally.  Lookcomes
he not? comes he not?


SECOND SCHOLAR. What means Faustus?


THIRD SCHOLAR. Belike he is grown into somesickness by being


FIRST SCHOLAR. If it be sowe'll havephysicians to cure him.
--'Tis but a surfeit; never fearman.


FAUSTUS. A surfeit of deadly sinthat hathdamned both body
and soul.


SECOND SCHOLAR. YetFaustuslook up toheaven; remember God's
mercies are infinite.


FAUSTUS. But Faustus' offence can ne'er bepardoned:  the serpent
that tempted Eve may be savedbut notFaustus.  Ahgentlemen
hear me with patienceand tremble not at myspeeches!  Though
my heart pants and quivers to remember that Ihave been a student
here these thirty yearsOwould I had neverseen Wertenberg
never read book! and what wonders I have doneall Germany can
witnessyeaall the world; for which Faustushath lost both
Germany and the worldyeaheaven itselfheaventhe seat of
Godthe throne of the blessedthe kingdom ofjoy; and must
remain in hell for everhellahhellforever!  Sweet friends
what shall become of Faustusbeing in hell forever?


THIRD SCHOLAR. YetFaustuscall on God.


FAUSTUS. On Godwhom Faustus hath abjured! onGodwhom Faustus
hath blasphemed!  Ahmy GodI wouldweep! but the devil draws in
my tears.  Gush forth bloodinstead oftears! yealife and soul!
Ohe stays my tongue!  I would lift up myhands; but seethey
hold themthey hold them!


ALL. WhoFaustus?


FAUSTUS. Lucifer and Mephistophilis.  AhgentlemenI gave them
my soul for my cunning!


ALL. God forbid!


FAUSTUS. God forbade itindeed; but Faustushath done it:  for
vain pleasure of twenty-four years hath Faustuslost eternal joy
and felicity.  I writ them a bill withmine own blood:  the date
is expired; the time will comeand he willfetch me.


FIRST SCHOLAR. Why did not Faustus tell us ofthis before
that divines might have prayed for thee?


FAUSTUS. Oft have I thought to have done so;but the devil
threatened to tear me in piecesif I namedGodto fetch both
body and soulif I once gave ear to divinity: and now 'tis too
late.  Gentlemenawaylest you perishwith me.


SECOND SCHOLAR. Owhat shall we do to saveFaustus?


FAUSTUS. Talk not of mebut save yourselvesand depart.


THIRD SCHOLAR. God will strengthen me; I willstay with Faustus.


FIRST SCHOLAR. Tempt not Godsweet friend; butlet us into the
next roomand there pray for him.


FAUSTUS. Aypray for mepray for me; and whatnoise soever
ye hearcome not unto mefor nothing canrescue me.


SECOND SCHOLAR. Pray thouand we will praythat God may have
mercy upon thee.


FAUSTUS. Gentlemenfarewell:  if I livetill morningI'll visit
you; if notFaustus is gone to hell.


ALL. Faustusfarewell.
     [Exeunt SCHOLARS.--Theclock strikes eleven.]


FAUSTUS. AhFaustus
Now hast thou but one bare hour to live
And then thou must be damn'd perpetually!
Stand stillyou ever-moving spheres of heaven
That time may ceaseand midnight never come;
Fair Nature's eyeriserise againand make
Perpetual day; or let this hour be but
A yeara montha weeka natural day
That Faustus may repent and save his soul!
O lentelente curritenoctis equi!
The stars move stilltime runsthe clock willstrike
The devil will comeand Faustus must bedamn'd.
OI'll leap up to my God!--Who pulls medown?--
Seeseewhere Christ's blood streams in thefirmament!
One drop would save my soulhalf a drop: ahmy Christ!--
Ahrend not my heart for naming of my Christ!
Yet will I call on him:  Ospare meLucifer!--
Where is it now? 'tis gone:  and seewhere God
Stretcheth out his armand bends his irefulbrows!
Mountains and hillscomecomeand fall onme
And hide me from the heavy wrath of God!
Then will I headlong run into the earth:
Earthgape!  Onoit will not harbourme!
You stars that reign'd at my nativity
Whose influence hath allotted death and hell
Now draw up Faustuslike a foggy mist.
Into the entrails of yon labouring cloud[s]
Thatwhen you vomit forth into the air
My limbs may issue from your smoky mouths
So that my soul may but ascend to heaven!
     [The clock strikes thehalf-hour.]
Ahhalf the hour is past! 'twill all be pastanon
O God
If thou wilt not have mercy on my soul
Yet for Christ's sakewhose blood hathransom'd me
Impose some end to my incessant pain;
Let Faustus live in hell a thousand years
A hundred thousandand at last be sav'd!
Ono end is limited to damned souls!
Why wert thou not a creature wanting soul?
Or why is this immortal that thou hast?
AhPythagoras' metempsychosiswere that true
This soul should fly from meand I be chang'd
Unto some brutish beast! all beasts are happy
Forwhen they die
Their souls are soon dissolv'd in elements;
But mine must live still to be plagu'd in hell.
Curs'd be the parents that engender'd me!
NoFaustuscurse thyselfcurse Lucifer
That hath depriv'd thee of the joys of heaven.
     [The clock strikestwelve.]
Oit strikesit strikes!  Nowbodyturn to air
Or Lucifer will bear thee quick to hell!
     [Thunder andlightning.]
O soulbe chang'd into little water-drops
And fall into the oceanne'er be found!


     Enter DEVILS.


My Godmy godlook not so fierce on me!
Adders and serpentslet me breathe a while!
Ugly hellgape not! come notLucifer!
I'll burn my books!--AhMephistophilis!
     [Exeunt DEVILS withFAUSTUS.]


     Enter CHORUS.


CHORUS. Cut is the branch that might have grownfull straight
And burned is Apollo's laurel-bough
That sometime grew within this learned man.
Faustus is gone:  regard his hellish fall
Whose fiendful fortune may exhort the wise
Only to wonder at unlawful things
Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits
To practice more than heavenly power permits.


Terminat hora diem; terminat auctor opus.