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TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS
FROM THE QUARTO OF 1604.
Faustus discovered in his study.* Chorus. Not marching now in 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 Carthaginians; Having commenc'd, be a divine in shew, 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 thout hast ravish'd me! Intends our Muse to vaunt + herI heavenly Bene disserere est finis logices. verse:
Is, to dispute well, logic's chiefest end? Only this, gentlemen,,—we must perform
Affords this art no greater miracle ? The form of Faustus' fortunes, good or bad: Then read no more; thou hast attain'd that I To patient judgments we appeal our plaud, And speak for Faustus in his infancy.
A greater subject fitteth Faustus' wit: Now is he born, his parents base of stock, Bid Economy s farewell, and || Galen come, In Germany, within a town call’d Rhodes : Seeing, Ubi desinit philosophus, ibi incipit mediOf riper years, to Wertenberg he went, Whereas ş his kinsmen chiefly brought him up. Be a physician, Faustus; heap up gold, So soon he profits in divinity,
And be eterniz'd for some wondrous cure : The fruitful plot of scholarism grac'd,
Summum bonum medicina sanitas, That shortly he was grac'd with doctor's name, The end of physic is our body's health. Excelling all whose sweet delight disputes Why, Faustus, hast thou not attain'd that end? In heavenly matters of theology ;
Is not thy common talk found aphorisms?
Yet art thou still but Faustus, and a man.
* Faustus discovered in his study) Most probably, the Nothing so sweet as magic is to him,
Chorus, before going out, drew a curtain, and discovered
Faustus sitting. In B. Barnes's Divils Charter, 1607, we Which he prefers before his chiefest bliss :
find; "Scen. Vltima, Alexander vnbraced betwixt two Car. And this the man that in his study sits. [Erit. dinalls in his study looking upon a booke, whilst a groome
draweth the Curtaine." Sig. L 3.
† Analytics, 'tis thou, &c.] Qy. “ Analytic"? (but such * mate) i. e. confound, defeat.
phraseology was not uncommon). 1 raunt) So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 “ daunt."
that) So the later 4tos.-200 1604 "the" (the printer 1 her] All the 4tos “his."
having mistaken “y!” for “ye"). $ Whereas) i. e. where.
& Economy] so the later 4tos (with various spelling). — || cunning) i. e. knowledge.
2to 1604 “Oncaymæon." now] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "more."
ll and] So the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604.
Couldst* thou make ment to live eternally,
Enter WAGNER.* Or, being dead, raise them to life again,
Wagner, commend me to my dearest friends, Then this profession were to be esteem'd.
The German Valdes and Cornelius; Physic, farewell! Where is Justinian? [Reads. Request them earnestly to visit me. Si una eademque res legatur I duobus, alter rem,
Wag. I will, sir.
E.cit. alter valorem rei, &c.
Faust. Their conference will be a greater help A pretty case of paltry legacies ! [Reads.
to me Exhæreditare filium non potest pater, nisi, &c.$
Than all my labours, plod I ne'er so fast.
Enter Good Angel and Evil Angel.
G. Ang. O, Faustus, lay that damnèd book Who aims at nothing but external trash;
aside, Too servile ** and illiberal for me.
And gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul, When all is done, divinity is best :
And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head! Jerome's Bible, Faustus; view it well.
Read, read the Scriptures :—that is blasphemy. Stipendium peccati mors est. Ha! Stipendium, dc. E. Ang. Go forward, Faustus, in that famous The reward of sin is death : that's hard. [Reads]
art Si peccasse negamus, fallimur, et nulla est in nobis Wherein all Nature's treasuret is contain'd: veritas ; If we say that we have no sin, we deceive Be thou on earth as Jove I is in the sky, ourselves, and there's no truth in us. Why, then,
Lord and commander of these elements. belike we must sin, and so consequently die :
[Exeunt Angels. Ay, we must die an everlasting death.
Faust. How am I glutted with conceit of this ! What doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera,tt Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please, What will be, shall be ? Divinity, adieu!
Resolve || me of all ambiguities, These metaphysics of magicians,
Perform what desperate enterprise I will? And necromantic books are heavenly;
I'll have them fly to India for gold, Lines, circles, scenes, 11 letters, and characters;
Ransack the ocean for orient pearl, Ay, these are those that Faustus most desires. And search all corners of the new-found world O, what a world of profit and delight,
For pleasant fruits and princely delicates; Of power, of honour, of omnipotence,
I'll have them read me strange pliilosophy, Is promis'd to the studious artizan!
And tell the secrets of all foreign kings; All things that move between the quiet poles
I'll have them wall all Germany with brass, Shall be at my command : emperors and kings
And make swift Rhine circle fair Wertenberg ; Are but obeyed in their several provinces,
I'll have them fill the public schools with silk, 1 Nor can they raise the wind, or rend the clouds;
Enter Wagner, &c.) Perhaps the proper arrangement But his dominion that exceeds in this,
Wagner! Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man;
Enter WAGNER. A sound magician is a mighty god :
Commend me to my dearest friends," &c.
† treasure] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "treasury." Here, Faustus, tire $$ thy brains to gain a deity.
Jove] So again, p. 84, first col.,
Seeing Faustus hath incurr'd eternal death * Couldst] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 “ Wouldst."
By desperate thoughts against Jove's deity," &c. : + men) So the later 4tos.—2 to 1604 “man."
and I may notice that Marlowe is not singular in applylegatur] All the 4tos "legatus."
ing the name Jove to the God of Christians :$ dc.] So two of the later 4tos. —Not in 4to 1604.
“ Beneath our standard of Joues powerfull sonne (i. e. # lau] So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 “Church."
Christ)”. This] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 "Nis."
Mir. for Magistrates, p. 642, ed. 1610. ** Too servile) So the later 4tos. --2to 1604 “The “But see the judgement of almightie Joue," &c. deuill."
Id. p. 696. #t Che sero, sero) Lest it should be thought that I am
“O sommo Giore per noi crocifisso," &c. wrong in not altering the old spelling here, I may quote
Pulci, -- Morgante Mag. C. ii. st. 1. from Panizzi's very critical edition of the Orlando Furioso, § these elements] So again, “Within the bowels of these “La satisfazion ci serà pronta." C. xviii. st. 67.
elements," &c., p. 87, first col ,—" these" being equiva11 scenes) “And sooner may a gulling weather-spie lent to the. (Not unfrequently in our old writers these is
By drawing forth heavens Sceanes tell cer little more than redundant.)
|| Resolve) i. e. satisfy, inform. Donne's First Satyre,-p. 327, ed. 1633. [ silk] All the 4tos "skill” (and so the modern $$ tire] So the later 4tos.-—2to 1604 "trie."
Wherewith the students shall be bravely clad; And made the flowering pride of Wertenberg
Shall make all nations to canònize us.
As Indian Moors obey their Spanish lords,
So shall the spirits & of every element And make me blest with your sage conference.
Be always serviceable to us three; Valdes, sweet Valdes, and Cornelius,
Like lions shall they guard us when we please; Know that your words have won me at the last
Like Almain rutters || with their horsemen's To practise magic and concealed arts :
staves, Yet not your words only, I but mine own fantasy,
Or Lapland giants, trotting by our sides ; That will receive no object ; for my head
Sometimes like women, or unwedded maids, But ruminates on necromantic skill.
Shadowing more beauty in their airy brows Philosophy is odious and obscure;
Than have the white breasts of the queen of Both law and physic are for petty wits;
love : Divinity is basest of the three,
From ** Venice shall they drag huge argosies, Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile : S
And from America the golden fleece 'Tis magic, magic, that hath ravish'd me.
That yearly stuffs old Philip's treasury; Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt;
If learned Faustus will be resolute. And I, that have with concise syllogisms ||
Faust. Valdes, as resolute am I in this Gravell’d the pastors of the German church,
As thou to live : therefore object it not.
Corn. The miracles that magic will perform * the] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 " our."
Will make thee vow to study nothing else. † the fiery keel at Antwerp's bridge) During the blockade He that is grounded in astrology, of Antwerp by the Prince of Parma in 1585, “They of
Enrich'd with tongues, well seen in tt minerals, Antuerpe knowing that the bridge and the Stocadoes were finished, made a great shippe, to be a meanes to
Hath all the principles magic doth require : breake all this worke of the prince of Parmaes: this Then doubt not, Faustus, but to be renowm'd,+* great shippe was made of masons worke within, in the
And more frequented for this mystery manner of a vaulted caue : vpon the batches there were layed myll-stones, graue-stones, and others of great
Than heretofore the Delphian oracle. weight; and within the vault were many barrels of The spirits tell me they can dry the sea, powder, ouer the which there were boles, and in them
And fetch the treasure of all foreign wrecks, they had put matches, hanging at a thred, the which burning untill they came vnto the thred, would fall into
Ay, all the wealth that our forefathers hid the powder, and so blow vp all. And for that they Within the massy entrails of the earth : could not haue any one in this shippe to conduct it, Then tell me, Faustus, what shall we three Lanckhaer, a sea captaine of the Hollanders, being then
want? in Antuerpe, gaue them counsell to tye a great beame at the end of it, to make it to keepe a straight course in
Faust. Nothing, Cornelius. O, this cheers my the middest of the streame. In this sort fioated this
soul! sbippe the fourth of Aprill, vntill that it came vnto the
Come, shew me some demonstrations magical, bridge ; where (within a while after) the powder wrought his effect, with such violence, as the vessell,
That I may conjure in some lusty grove, and all that was within it, and vpon it, flew in pieces, And have these joys in full possession. carrying away a part of the Stocado and of the bridge.
Vald. Then haste thee to some solitary grove, The marquesse of Roubay Vicont of Gant, Gaspar of Robles lord of Billy, and the Seignior of Torchies, brother vnto the Seignior of Bours, with many others, cunning) i. e. knowing, skilful. were presently slaide; which were torne in pieces, and † Agrippa) i, e. Cornelius Agrippa. dispersed abroad, both vpon the land and vpon the shadow] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 "shadowes." water."
Grimeston's General Historie of the Netherlands, § spirits] So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 “subiects." p. 875, ed. 1609.
|| Almain rutters) See note t, p. 43. only] Qy. “alone"? (This line is not in the later I have the] So two of the later 4tos.-2to 1604 “in 4tos.)
their." $ rile) Old ed. "vild" : but see note II, p. 68.-(This ** From] So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 “For." line is not in the later 4tos.)
ft in So the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604. || coucise syllogisms) Old ed. "Consissylogismes."
#1 renoum'd] See note li, p. 11.