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THE

TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS

FROM THE QUARTO OF 1616.

London, Printed for John

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Written by Ch. Mar. Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, at the signe of the Bible, 1616, 4to.

Written by Ch. Mar. Printed

The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Favstus. With new Additions. at London for John Wright, and are lo be sold at his shop without Newgate, 1624, 4to.

The Tragicall Historie of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. With new Additions. Written by Ch. Mar. Printed at London for John Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, 1631, 4to.

In a few places I have amended the text of this play by means of 4to 1604.-I have made no use of the com. paratively modern edition, 4to 1663.

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THE

TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS

FROM THE QUARTO OF 1616.

Enter Chorus,

FAUSTUS discovered in his study. Chorus. Not marching in the fields of Thrasy Faust. Settle thy studies, Faustus, and begin mene,

To sound the depth of that thou wilt profess : Where Mars did mate the warlike Carthagens ; * Having commenc'd, be a divine in show, Nor sporting in the dalliance of love,

Yet level at the end of every art, In courts of kings where state is overturn'd; And live and die in Aristotle's works. Nor in the pomp of proud audacious deeds, Sweet Analytics, 'tis thou hast ravish'd me! Intends our Muse to vaunt hert heavenly verse: Bene disserere est finis logices. Only this, gentles,—we must now perform Is, to dispute well, logic's chiefest end? The form of Faustus' fortunes, good or bad: Affords this art no greater miracle ? And now to patient judgments we appeal, Then read no more; thou hast attain'd that end: And speak for Faustus in his infancy.

A greater subject fitteth Faustus' wit :
Now is he born of parents base of stock, Bid Economy farewell, and Galen come :
In Germany, within a town call'd Rhodes : Be a physician, Faustus; heap up gold,
At riper years, to Wittenberg he went,

And be eterniz'd for some wondrous cure :
Whereas his kinsmen chiefly brought him up. Summum bonum medicinæ sanitas,
So much he profits in divinity,

The end of physic is our body's health.
That shortly he was grac'd with doctor's name, Why, Faustus, hast thou not attain'd that end?
Excelling all, and sweetly can dispute

Are not thy bills hung up as monuments, In th' heavenly matters of theology;

Whereby whole cities havo escap'd the plague, Till swoln with cunning, of I a self-conceit, And thousand* desperate maladies been cur'd ? His waxen wings did mount above his reach, Yet art thou still but Faustus, and a man. And, melting, heavens conspir'd his overthrow; Couldst thou make men to live eternally, For, falling to a devilish exercise,

Or, being dead, raise themt to life again, And glutted now with learning's golden gifts, Then this profession were to be esteem'd. He surfeits upong cursed necromancy;

Physic, farewell! Where is Justinian? [Reads. Nothing so sweet as magic is to him,

Si una eademque res legatur I duobus, alter rem, Which he prefers before his chiefest bliss : alter valorem rei, &c. And this the man that in his study sits. (Exit. A petty case of paltry legacies ! [Reads.

Carthagens] So 4tos 1616, 1624, (and compare 4to 1604, p. 79).—2 to 1631 “Carthagen."

ther) Old eds. "his."
1 of] So 4to 1616.--2tos 1624, 1631, "and."
g upon] So 4to 1616.-2tos 1624 1631 “on the."

* thousand] So 4to 1616.—2tos 1624, 1631, “diuers."
them) So 4to 1616.—2tos 1624, 1631, “men.'
1 legatur] Old eds. "legatus."

& petty] I may notice that 4to 1604 has "pretty," which is perhaps the right reading.

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