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Stipendium peccati mors est. Ha! Stipen- Resolve me of all ambiguities, dium, etc.

Perform what desperate enterprise I will ? The reward of sin is death: that's hard. I'll have them fly to India for gold,

[Reads. Ransack the ocean for orient pearl, Si peccasse negamus, fallimur, et nulla est in And search all corners of the new-found nobis veritas;

world If we say that we have no sin, we deceive For pleasant fruits and princely delicates; ourselves, and there's no truth in us. Why, I'll have them read me strange philosophy, then, belike we must sin, and so consequently And tell the secret of all foreign kings;

I'll have them wall all Germany with brass, Ay, we must die an everlasting death. And make swift Rhine circle fair WertenWhat doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera, berg; What will be, shall be ? Divinity, adieu! I'll have them fill the public schools with These metaphysics of magicians,

silk, And necromantic books are heavenly; Wherewith the students shall be bravely Lines, circles, scenes, letters, and characters; clad; Ay, these are those that Faustus most de- I'll levy soldiers with the coin they bring, sires.

And chase the Prince of Parma from our 0, what a world of profit and delight,

land, Of power, of honor, of omnipotence,

And reign sole king of all the provinces ; Is promis'd to the studious artisan!

Yea, stranger engines for the brunt of war, All things that move between the quiet poles Than was the fiery keel at Antwerp's Shall be at my command: emperors and bridge, kings

I'll make

my servile spirits to invent. Are but obeyed in their several provinces, Nor can they raise the wind, or rend the

Enter VALDES and CORNELIUS clouds; But his dominion that exceeds in this,

Come, German Valdes and Cornelius, Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man;

And make me blest with your sage conferA sound magician is a mighty god:

ence, Here, Faustus, tire thy brains to gain a

Valdes, sweet Valdes, and Cornelius, deity.

Know that your words have won me at the Enter WAGNER


To practice magic and concealed arts: Wagner, commend me to my dearest friends,

Yet not your words only, but mine own The German Valdes and Cornelius;

fantasy; Request them earnestly to visit me.

That will receive no object; for my head Wag. I will, sir.


But ruminates on necromantic skill. Faust. Their conference will be a greater

Philosophy is odious and obscure; help to me

Both law and physics are for petty wits; Than all my labors, plod I ne'er so fast.

Divinity is basest of the three, Enter Good Angel and Evil Angel

Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile:

'Tis magic, magic, that hath ravish'd me. G. Ang. 0, Faustus, lay thy damned book Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt; aside,

And I, that have with concise syllogisms And gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul, Gravell’d the pastors of the German church, And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head! And made the flowering pride of WertenRead, read the Scriptures :—that is blas- berg phemy.

Swarm to my problems, as the infernal E. Ang. Go forward, Faustus, in that fa- spirits mous art

On sweet Musæus when he came to hell, Wherein all Nature's treasure is contain'd: Will be as cunning as Agrippa was, Be thou on earth as Jove is in the sky, Whose shadow made all Europe honor him. Lord and commander of these elements. Vald. Faustus, these books, thy wit, and our

[Exeunt Angels. experience, Faust. How am I glutted with conceit of Shall make all nations to canonize us. this!

As Indian Moors obey their Spanish lords, Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please, 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's

staves. Or Lapland giants, trotting by our sides; Sometimes like women, or unwedded maids, Shadowing more beauty in their airy brows Than have the white breasts of the queen of

love: 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. Faust. Valdes, as resolute am I in this As thou to live: therefore object it not. Corn. The miracles that magic will perform Will make thee vow to study nothing else. He that is grounded in astrology, Enrich'd with tongues, well seen in minerals, Hath all the principles magic doth require: Then doubt not, Faustus, but to be re

nowm'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, Ay, all the wealth that our forefathers hid Within the massy entrails of the earth: Then tell me, Faustus, what shall we three

want? Faust. Nothing, Cornelius. O, this cheers

Enter two Scholars First Schol. I wonder what's become of

Faustus, that was wont to make our

schools ring with sic probo. Sec. Schol. That shall we know, for see, here comes his boy.

Enter WAGNER First Schol. How now, sirrah! where's thy

master? Wag. God in heaven knows. Sec. Schol. Why, dost not thou know? Wag. Yes, I know; but that follows not. First Schol. Go to, sirrah! leave your jest

ing, and tell us where he is. Wag. That follows not necessary by force

of argument, that you, being licentiates, should stand upon: therefore acknowl

edge your error, and be attentive. Sec. Schol. Why, didst thou not say thou

knewest? Wag. Have you any witness on't ? First Schol. Yes, sirrah, I heard you. Wag. Ask my fellow if I be a thief. Sec. Schol. Well, you will not tell us? Wag. Yes, sir, I will tell you; yet, if you

were not dunces you would never ask me such a question, for is not he corpus naturale? and is not that mobile? then wherefore should you ask me such a question? But that I am by nature phlegmatic, slow to wrath, and prone to lechery (to love, I would say), it were not for you to come within forty foot of the place of execution, although I do not doubt to see you both hanged the next sessions. Thus having triumphed over you, I will set my countenance like a precisian, and begin to speak thus:-Truly, my dear brethren, my master is within at dinner, with Valdes and Cornelius, as this wine, if it could speak, would inform your worships: and so, the Lord bless you, preserve you, and keep you, my dear

brethren, my dear brethren! [Erit. First Schol. Nay, then, I fear he has fallen

into that damned art for which they

two are infamous through the world. Sec. Schol. Were he a stranger, and not

allied to me, yet should I grieve for him. But, come, let us go and inform the Rector, and see if he by his grave

counsel can reclaim him. First Schol. O, but I fear me nothing can

reclaim him! Sec. Schol. Yet let us try what we can do.


my soul !

Come, show me some demonstrations magi

cal, That I may conjure in some lusty grove, And have these joys in full possession. l'ald. Then baste thee to some solitary

grove, And bear wise Bacon's and Albertus' works, The Hebrew Psalter, and New Testament; And whatsoever else is requisite We will inform thee ere our conference


Corn. Valdes, first let him know the words

of art; And then, all other ceremonies learn’d, Faustus may try his cunning by himself. Vald. First I'll instruct thee in the rudi

ments, And then wilt thou be perfecter than I. Faust. Then come and dine with me, and,

after meat, We'll canvass every quiddity thereof; For, ere I sleep, I'll try what I can do: This night I'll conjure, though I die therefore.



Enter Faustus to conjure

And may not follow thee without his leave:

No more than he commands must we perFaust. Now that the gloomy shadow of the

form. earth,

Faust. Did not he charge thee to appear to Longing to view Orion's drizzling look, Leaps from th' antarctic world unto the sky, And dims the welkin with her pitchy breath, Meph. No, I came hither of mine own ac

cord. Faustus, begin thine incantations, And try if devils will obey thy hest,

Faust. Did not my conjuring speeches raise

thee? speak. Seeing thou hast pray'd and sacrific'd to them.

Meph. That was the cause, but yet per acWithin this circle is Jehovah's name,

cidens; Forward and backward anagrammatis'd,

For, when we hear one rack the name of

Th’ abbreviated names of holy saints,
Figures of every adjunct to the heavens,

Abjure the Scriptures and his Saviour

And characters of signs and erring stars,
By which the spirits are enforc'd to rise:

We fly, in hope to get his glorious soul; Then fear not, Faustus, but be resolute,

Nor will we come, unless he use such means And try the uttermost magic can perform.

Whereby he is in danger to be damn’d.

Therefore the shortest cut for conjuring Sint mihi dei Acherontis propitii! Valeat

Is stoutly to abjure the Trinity, numen triplex Jehoræ! Ignei, aerii,

And pray devoutly to the prince of hell. aquatani spiritus, salvete! Orientis

Faust. So Faustus hath princeps Belzebub, inferni ardentis

Already done; and holds this principle, monarcha, et Demogorgon, propitiamus

There is no chief but only Belzebub; vos ut appareat et surgat Mephis

To whom F-ustus doth dedicate himself. tophilis, quod tumeraris: per Jehovam,

This word “damnation” terrifies not him, Gehennam, et consecratam aquam quam

For he confounds hell in Elysium: nunc spargo, signum que crucis quod

His ghost be with the old philosophers ! nunc facio, et per vota nostra, ipse nunc

But, leaving these vain trifles of men's souls, surgat nobis dicatus Mephistophilis !

Tell me what is that Lucifer thy lord ?

Meph. Arch-regent and commander of all I charge thee to return, and change thy

spirits. shape;

Faust. Was not that Lucifer an angel once? Thou art too ugly to attend on me:

Meph. Yes, Faustus, and most dearly lov'd Go, and return an old Franciscan friar;

of God. That holy shape becomes a devil best. Faust. How comes it, then, that he is prince [Erit Mephistophilis.

of devils? I see there's virtue in my heavenly words:

Meph. O, by aspiring pride and insolence; Who would not be proficient in this art?

For which God threw him from the face of How pliant is this Mephistophilis,

heaven. Full of obedience and humility!

Faust. And what are you that live with Such is the force of magic and my spells:

Lucifer? No, Faustus, thou art conjurer laureat,

Meph. Unhappy spirits that fell with LuciThat canst command great Mephistophilis:

fer, Quin regis Mephistophilis fratris imagine.

Conspir'd against our God with Lucifer,

And are for ever damn’d with Lucifer.
Re-enter MEPHISTOPHilis like a

Faust. Where are you damn'd?
Franciscan friar

Meph. In hell. Meph. Now, Faustus, what wouldst thou Faust. How comes it, then, that thou art have me do?

out of hell ? Faust. I charge thee wait upon me whilst I Meph. Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it. live,

Think'st thou that I, who saw the face of To do whatever Faustus shall command,

God. Be it to make the moon drop from her And tasted the eternal joys of heaven, sphere,

Am not tormented with ten thousand hells, Or the ocean to overwhelm the world.

In being depriv’d of everlasting bliss ? Meph. I am a servant to great Lucifer, 0, Faustus, leave these frivolous demands,

Which strike a terror to my fainting soul! Faust. What, is great Mephistophilis so

passionate For being deprived of the joys of heaven? Learn thou of Faustus manly fortitude, And scorn those joys thou never shalt pos


Go bear these tidings to great Lucifer:
Seeing Faustus hath incurr'd eternal death
By desperate thoughts against Jove's deity,
Say, he 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 enemies, and 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.
Meph. I will, Faustus.

[Erit. Faust. 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 obtained what I desir'd, I'll live in speculation of this art, Till Mephistophilis return again. [E.cit.


And offer lukewarm blood of new-born


Enter Good Angel and Evil Angel G. Ang. Sweet Faustus, leave that execrable

art. Faust. Contrition, prayer, repentance

what of them? G. Ang. O, they are means to bring thee

unto heaven! E. Ang. Rather illusions, fruits of lunacy, That make men foolish that do trust them

most. G. Ang. Sweet Faustus, think of heaven and

heavenly things. E. Ang. No, Faustus; think of honor and of wealth.

[Exeunt Angels. Faust. Of wealth! Why, the signiory of Embden shall be mine. When Mephistophilis shall stand by me, What god can hurt thee, Faustus? thou art

safe: Cast more doubts.—Come, Mephis

tophilis, And bring glad tidings from great Luci

fer:Is't not midnight ?-come, Mephistophilis, Veni, veni Mephistophile!

Enter MEPHISTOPHILIS Now tell me what says Lucifer, thy lord ? Meph. That I shall wait on Faustus whilst

he lives; So he will buy my service with his soul. Faust. Already Faustus hath hazarded that

for thee. Meph. But, Faustus, thou must bequeath

it solemnly, And write a deed of gift with thine own

blood; For that security craves great Lucifer. If thou deny it, I will back to hell. Faust. Stay, Mephistophilis, and tell me,

what good will my soul do thy lord ? Meph. Enlarge his kingdom. Faust. Is that the reason why he tempts us

thus? Meph. Solamen miseris socios habuisse do

loris. Faust. Why, have you any pain that tor

ture others! Meph. As great as have the human souls of

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“Abjure this magic, turn to God again!"
Ay, and 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,

But, tell me, Faustus, shall I have thy soul? And I will be thy slave, and wait on thee, And give thee more than thou hast wit to

ask. Faust. Ay, Mephistophilis, I give it thee.

Meph. Then, Faustus, stab thy arm coura- Meph. Nothing, Faustus, but to delight thy geously,

mind withal, And bind thy soul, that at some certain day And to show thee what magic can perform. Great Lucifer may claim it as his own; Faust. But may I raise up spirits when I And then be thou as great as Lucifer.

please? Faust. [Stabbing his arm] Lo, Mephis- Meph. Ay, Faustus, and do greater things tophilis, for love of thee,

than these. I cut mine arm, and with my proper blood Faust. Then there's enough for a thousand Assure my soul to be great Lucifer's,

souls. Chief lord and regent of perpetual night! Here, Mephistophilis, receive this scroll, View here the blood that trickles from mine A deed of gift of body and of soul: arm,

But yet conditionally that thou perform And let it be propitious for my wish. All articles prescrib'd between us both. Meph. But, Faustus, thou must

Meph. Faustus, I swear by hell and Lucifer Write it in manner of a deed of gift. To effect all promises between us made! Faust. Ay, so I will [Writes). But, Mephis- Faust. Then hear me read them. [Reads ] tophilis,

On these conditions following. First My blood congeals, and I can w no more. that Faustus may be a spirit in form Meph. I'll fetch thee fire to dissolve it and substance. Secondly, that Mephisstraight.


tophilis shall be his servant, and at his Faust. What might the staying of my blood command. Thirdly, that Mephisportend?

tophilis shall do for him, and bring him Is it unwilling I should write this bill?

whatsoever he desires. Fourthly, that Why streams it not, that I may write afresh? he shall be in his chamber or house inFaustus gives to thee his soul: ah, there it visible. Lastly, that he shall appear to stay'd!

the said John Faustus, at all times, in Why shouldst thou not? is not thy soul what form or shape soever he please. thine own?

I, John Faustus, of. Wertenberg, DocThen write again, Faustus gives to thee his

tor, by these presents, do give both body soul.

and soul to Lucifer prince of the east, Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIs with a chafer of

and his minister Mephisto philis; and coals

furthermore grant unto them, that,

twenty-four years being expired, the Meph. Here's fire; come, Faustus, set it on. articles above-written inviolate, full Faust. So, now the blood begins to clear

power to fetch or carry the said John again;

Faustus, body and soul, flesh, blood, or Now will I make an end immediately.

goods, into their habitation wheresoever. [Writes.

By me, John Faustus. Meph. O, what will not I do to obtain his soul!


Meph. Speak, Faustus, do you deliver this Faust. Consummatum est; this bill is ended,

as your deed ?

Faust. Ay, take it, and the devil give thee And Faustus hath bequeathed his soul to

good on't ! Lucifer, But what is this inscription on mine arm?

Meph. Now, Faustus, ask what thou wilt. Ilomo, fuge: whither should I fly?

Faust. First will I question with thee about

hell. If unto God, he'll throw me down to hell. My senses are deceiv'd; here's nothing

Tell me, where is the place that men call writ:

hell? I see it plain; here in this place is writ,

Meph. Under the heavens. Homo, fuge: yet shall not Faustus fly. Faust. . Ay, but whereabout? Meph. I'll fetch him somewhat to delight

Meph. Within the bowels of these elements, his mind. [Aside, and then erit. Where we are tortur'd and remain for ever :

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd Re-enter MEPHISTOPHilis with Devils, who

In one self place; for where we are is hell, give crowns and rich apparel to

And where hell is, there must we ever be:FAUSTUS, dance, and then depart

And, to conclude, when all the world disFaust. Speak, Mephistophilis, what means

solves, this show?

And every creature shall be purified,

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