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TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS
FROM THE QUARTO OF 1604.
soil Bnter Chorus.
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 + her I heavenly Bene disserere est finis logices.
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,
end: 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 como, In Germany, within a town call'd Rhodes : Seeing, Ubi desinit philosophus, ibi incipit mediOf riper years, to Wertenberg he went, Whereas s his kinsmen chiefly brought him up. Be a physician, Faustus; heup up gold, So soon he profits in divinity,
And be eterniz'd for some wondrous cure : The fruitful plot of scholarism grnc'd,
Summum bonum medicinæ 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. [Exit. dinalls in his study looking vpon 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). vaunt) So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 “ daunt."
that) So the later 4tos. - 2to 1604 "the" (the printer I her] All the 4tos "his."
having mistaken "ye" for “ye"). & Whereas) i. e. where.
§ Economy) so the later 4tos (with various spelling). Il cunning) i. e. knowledge.
2to 1604 “Oncaymwon." 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.
(Brit. alter valorem rei, &c.
Paust. Their conference will be a greater help A pretty case of paltry legacies ! [Reads.
to me Eschwereditare 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 damned book Who aims at nothing but external trash;
aside, 6 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. (Reads. Read, read the Scriptures :—that is blasphemy. Stipendium peccati mors est. Ha! Stipendium, dc. B. 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 treasure t 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:
(Ercunt Angels. Ay, we must die an everlasting death.
Faust. How am I glutted with conceit of this !
Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please,
Perform what desperate enterprise I will?
o'r'll have them fly to India for gold,
For pleasant fruits and princely delicates ;
I'll have them read me strange philosophy, Is promis'd to the studious artizan!
And tell the secrets of all foreigu 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
• Enter Wagner, &c.] Perhaps the proper arrangement clouds;
is, But his dominion that exceeds in this,
Wagner! Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man;
Bnter 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 SS 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.-2to 1604" man."
and I may notice that Marlowe is not singular in apply. legatur) All the 4tos “legatus."
ing the name Jove to the God of Christians : -§ &c.] So two of the later 4tos. —Not in 4to 1604.
“ Beneath our standard of Joues powerfull sonne [i. e. I law] So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "Church."
Christ)". This) So the later 4tos.-200 1604 “His."
Mir. for Magist rates, p. 642, ed. 1610. # Too ærvile) So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 "The “But see the judgement of almiglitic Jous," &c. deuill."
Id. p. 696. # Che sera, sera) Lest it should be thought that I am
“O sommo Giove 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 bowcis of these “La satisfazion ci serd pronta." C. xviii. st. 67.
elements," &c., p. 87, first col ,-“ those" being equiva. 11 scenes) “ Apd sooner may a gulling weather-spie lent to the. (Not unfrequently in our old writors there is
By drawing forth heavens Sceanes tell cer little more than redundant.)
| Resolve] i. e. satisfy, inform.
Wherewith the students shall be bravely clad; And made the flowering pride of Wertenberg 11° I'll levy soldiers with the coin they bring, Swarın to my problems, as the infernal spirits
And chase the Prince of Parma from our land, On sweet Musæus when he came to hell,
Shall make all nations to candnize 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 Bu 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, barsh, contemptible, and vile :$
And from America the golden fleece 'Tis magic, magic, tbat 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 4tog.—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 inagic doth require : breake all this worke of the prince of Parmaes: this Then doubt not, Faustus, but to be renowm'd,11 | great shippe was made of masons worke within, in the "And more frequented for this mystery
manner of a vaulted caue : vpon the hatches there were layod 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 holes, and in them
And fetch the treasure of all foreign wrecks, they had put matches, hanging at a thred, the which burning vntill 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 baue 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, gnue 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 floated this
soul ! shippe the fourth of Aprill, vntill that it came ynto the
Come, shew me some demonstrations magical, bridgo; 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 baste 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 slaive; which were torne in pieces, and Agrippa) i. e. Cornelius Agrippa. dispersed abroad, both ypon the land and vpon the I shadoc) So the later 4tos. — to 1604 "shadowes." water." Grimeston's Generall Historie of the Netherlands, & spirite] So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 “subiects." p. 875, ed. 1609.
Il Almain rutters) See note t, p. 43. only) Q3. "alone" (This line is not in the later I have the] So two of the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "in Atos.)
their." & vile] Old ed. "vild" : but see note ll, p. 68. (This ** From) So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "For." line is not in the later 4tos.)
It in) So the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604. Il concise syllogisme) Old ed. "Consissylogismes."
11 renowm'd! See note ll. p. 11.
And bear wise Bacon's and Albertus'* works, phlegmatic, slow to wrath, and prone to lechery The Hebrew Psalter, and New Testament; (to love, I would say), it were not for you to And whatsoever else is requisite
come within forty foot of the place of execution, We will inform thee ere our conference cease. although I do not doubt to see you both hanged Corn. Valdes, first let him know the words of the next sessions. Thus having triumphed over
you, I will set my countenance like a precisian, And then, all other ceremonies learn'd,
and begin to speak thus :--Truly, my dear Faustus may try his cunning + by himself. brethren, my master is within at dinner, with Vald. First I'll instruct thee in the rudi Valdes and Cornelius, as this wine, if it could ments,
speak, would * inform your worships: and so, the 1990 And then wilt thou be perfecter than I.
Lord bless you, preserve you, and keep you, my Paust. Then come and dine with me, and, dear brethren, my dear brethren! + [Erit. after meat,
Pirst Schol. Nay, then, I fear he is fallen into We'll canvass every quiddity thereof; ·
that damned art for which they two are infamous For, ere I sleep, I'll try what I can do:
through the world. This night I'll conjure, though I die therefore. Sec. Schol. Were he a stranger, and not allied Seri
(Exeunt. to me, yet should I grieve for him. But, come, Enter tro Scholars.
let us go and inform the Rector, and see if he by First Schol. I wonder what's become of Faustus,
his grave counsel can reclaim him.
Pirst Schol. O, but I fear me nothing can that was wont to make our schools ring with sic
reclaim him! probo. Sec. Schol. That shall we know, for see, here
Sec. Schol. Yet let us try what we can do.
(Exeunt. comes his boy.
Enter Faustus to conjure. I
Faust. Now that the gloomy shadow of the
Longing to view Orion's drizzling look,
Leaps from th' antartic world unto the sky,
And dims the welkin with her pitchy breath,
Faustus, begin thine incantations,
And try if devils will obey thy hest, and tell us where he is. Wag. That follows not necessary by force of Seeing thou hast pray'd and sacrific'd to them.
Within this circle is Jehovah's name, argument, that you, being licentiates, should
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, knewest ?
By which the spirits are enforc'd to rise :
Then fear not, Faustus, but be resolute,
And try the uttermost magic can perform.Wag. Ask my fellow if I be a thief.
Sint mihi dei Acherontis propitii / Valcat numen Sec. Schol. Well, you will not tell us ?
triplex Jehovæ ! Ignei, aërii, aquatani spiritus, Wag. Yes, sir, I will tell you: yet, if you were
salvete! Orientis princeps Belzebub, inferni ardennot dunces, you would never ask me such a
tis monarcha, et Demogorgon, propitiamus vos, ut question; for is not he corpus naturale ? and is not that mobile ? then wherefore should you ask
speak, would] So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "speake, it me such a question ? But that I am by nature
† my dear brethren] This repetition (not found in the * Albertus'] i. e. Albertus Magnus.—The correction of
later 4tos) is perhaps an error of the original compositor. 1. M. in Gent. Mag. for Jan. 1841. — All the 4tos
Enter Faust us to conjure] The scene is supposed to be Albanus."
a grove; see p. 81, last line of sec. col. cunning) i. e. skill.
& anagrammatiz'd] So the later 4tos.-210 1604 “and Enter two Scholars] Scene, perhaps, supposed to be
Agramithist." before Faustus's house, as Wagner presently says, “ My
|| Th' abbreviated] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 “The master is within at dinner."
breuiated." & upon) So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 " vpon't."
1 erring) i. e. wandering.