Doctor Faustus


Writers: Christopher Marlowe







VALDES, ] friends to FAUSTUS.


WAGNER, servant to FAUSTUS.






A Knight.

An Old Man.

Scholars, Friars, and Attendants.





Good Angel.

Evil Angel.

The Seven Deadly Sins.


Spirits in the shapes of ALEXANDER THE GREAT, of his Paramour

and of HELEN.





CHORUS. Not marching now in fields of Thrasymene,

Where Mars did mate[1] 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[2] her[3] heavenly verse:

Only this, gentlemen,--we must perform

The form of Faustus' fortunes, good or bad:

To patient judgments we appeal our plaud,

And speak for Faustus in his infancy.

Now is he born, his parents base of stock,

In Germany, within a town call'd Rhodes:

Of riper years, to Wertenberg he went,

Whereas[4] 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 cunning,[5] of a self-conceit,

His waxen wings did mount above his reach,

And, melting, heavens conspir'd his overthrow;

For, falling to a devilish exercise,

And glutted now[6] 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 in his study.[7]

FAUSTUS. Settle thy studies, Faustus, and begin

To sound the depth of that thou wilt profess:

Having commenc'd, be a divine in shew,

Yet level at the end of every art,

And live and die in Aristotle's works.

Sweet Analytics, 'tis thou[8] hast ravish'd me!

Bene disserere est finis logices.

Is, to dispute well, logic's chiefest end?

Affords this art no greater miracle?

Then read no more; thou hast attain'd that[9] end:

A greater subject fitteth Faustus' wit:

Bid Economy[10] farewell, and[11] Galen come,

Seeing, Ubi desinit philosophus, ibi incipit medicus:

Be a physician, Faustus; heap up gold,

And be eterniz'd for some wondrous cure:

Summum bonum medicinae sanitas,

The end of physic is our body's health.

Why, Faustus, hast 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 Faustus, and a man.

Couldst[12] thou make men[13] to live eternally,

Or, being dead, raise them to life again,

Then this profession were to be esteem'd.

Physic, farewell! Where is Justinian?


Si una eademque res legatur[14] duobus, alter rem,

alter valorem rei, &c.

A pretty case of paltry legacies!


Exhoereditare filium non potest pater, nisi, &c.[15]

Such is the subject of the institute,

And universal body of the law:[16]

This[17] study fits a mercenary drudge,

Who aims at nothing but external trash;

Too servile[18] and illiberal for me.

When all is done, divinity is best:

Jerome's Bible, Faustus; view it well.


Stipendium peccati mors est.


Stipendium, &c.

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


Si peccasse negamus, fallimur, et nulla est in nobis veritas;

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and

there's no truth in us. Why, then, belike we must sin, and so

consequently die:

Ay, we must die an everlasting death.

What doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera,[19]

What will be, shall be? Divinity, adieu!

These metaphysics of magicians,

And necromantic books are heavenly;

Lines, circles, scenes,[20] letters, and characters;

Ay, these are those that Faustus most desires.

O, what a world of profit and delight,

Of power, of honour, of omnipotence,

Is promis'd to the studious artizan!

All things that move between the quiet poles

Shall be at my command: emperors and kings

Are but obeyed in their several provinces,

Nor can they raise the wind, or rend the clouds;

But his dominion that exceeds in this,

Stretcheth as far as doth the mind of man;

A sound magician is a mighty god:

Here, Faustus, tire[21] thy brains to gain a deity.

Enter WAGNER.[22]

Wagner, commend me to my dearest friends,

The German Valdes and Cornelius;

Request them earnestly to visit me.

WAGNER. I will, sir.


FAUSTUS. Their conference will be a greater help to me

Than all my labours, plod I ne'er so fast.


GOOD ANGEL. O, Faustus, lay that damned book aside,

And gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul,

And heap God's heavy wrath upon thy head!

Read, read the Scriptures:--that is blasphemy.

EVIL ANGEL. Go forward, Faustus, in that famous art

Wherein all Nature's treasure[23] is contain'd:

Be thou on earth as Jove[24] is in the sky,

Lord and commander of these elements.[25]

[Exeunt Angels.]

FAUSTUS. How am I glutted with conceit of this!

Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please,

Resolve[26] 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 with silk,[27]

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[28] provinces;

Yea, stranger engines for the brunt of war,

Than was the fiery keel at Antwerp's bridge,[29]

I'll make my servile spirits to invent.


Come, German Valdes, and Cornelius,

And make me blest with your sage conference.

Valdes, sweet Valdes, and Cornelius,

Know that your words have won me at the last

To practice magic and concealed arts:

Yet not your words only,[30] but 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,

Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile:[31]

'Tis magic, magic, that hath ravish'd me.

Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt;

And I, that have with concise syllogisms[32]

Gravell'd the pastors of the German church,

And made the flowering pride of Wertenberg

Swarm to my problems, as the infernal spirits

On sweet Musaeus when he came to hell,

Will be as cunning[33] as Agrippa[34] was,

Whose shadow[35] made all Europe honour him.

VALDES. Faustus, these books, thy wit, and our experience,

Shall make all nations to canonize us.

As Indian Moors obey their Spanish lords,

So shall the spirits[36] of every element

Be always serviceable to us three;

Like lions shall they guard us when we please;

Like Almain rutters[37] 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[38] white breasts of the queen of love:

From[39] 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. Valdes, as 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 tongues, well seen in[40] minerals,

Hath all the principles magic doth require:

Then doubt not, Faustus, but to be renowm'd,[41]

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?

FAUSTUS. Nothing, Cornelius. O, this cheers my soul!

Come, shew 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'[42] works,

The Hebrew Psalter, and New Testament;

And whatsoever else is requisite

We will inform thee ere our conference cease.

CORNELIUS. Valdes, first let him know the words of art;

And then, all other ceremonies learn'd,

Faustus may try his cunning[43] by himself.

VALDES. First I'll instruct thee in the rudiments,

And then wilt thou be perfecter than I.

FAUSTUS. 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 two SCHOLARS.[44]

FIRST SCHOLAR. I wonder what's become of Faustus, that was wont

to make our schools ring with sic probo.

SECOND SCHOLAR. That shall we know, for see, here comes his boy.


FIRST SCHOLAR. How now, sirrah! where's thy master?

WAGNER. God in heaven knows.

SECOND SCHOLAR. Why, dost not thou know?

WAGNER. Yes, I know; but that follows not.

FIRST SCHOLAR. Go to, sirrah! leave your jesting, and tell us

where he is.

WAGNER. That follows not necessary by force of argument, that you,

being licentiates, should stand upon:[45] therefore acknowledge

your error, and be attentive.

SECOND SCHOLAR. Why, didst thou not say thou knewest?

WAGNER. Have you any witness on't?

FIRST SCHOLAR. Yes, sirrah, I heard you.

WAGNER. Ask my fellow if I be a thief.

SECOND SCHOLAR. Well, you will not tell us?

WAGNER. 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[46] inform your worships: and so, the Lord bless you,

preserve you, and keep you, my dear brethren, my dear brethren![47]


FIRST SCHOLAR. Nay, then, I fear he is fallen into that damned art

for which they two are infamous through the world.

SECOND SCHOLAR. 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 SCHOLAR. O, but I fear me nothing can reclaim him!

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


Enter FAUSTUS to conjure.[48]

FAUSTUS. Now that the gloomy shadow of the earth,

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,

Seeing thou hast pray'd and sacrific'd to them.

Within this circle is Jehovah's name,

Forward and backward anagrammatiz'd,[49]

Th' abbreviated[50] names of holy saints,

Figures of every adjunct to the heavens,

And characters of signs and erring[51] stars,

By which the spirits are enforc'd to rise:

Then fear not, Faustus, but be resolute,

And try the uttermost magic can perform.--

Sint mihi dei Acherontis propitii! Valeat numen triplex Jehovoe!

Ignei, aerii, aquatani spiritus, salvete! Orientis princeps

Belzebub, inferni ardentis monarcha, et Demogorgon, propitiamus

vos, ut appareat et surgat Mephistophilis, quod tumeraris:[52]

per Jehovam, Gehennam, et consecratam aquam quam nunc spargo,

signumque crucis quod nunc facio, et per vota nostra, ipse nunc

surgat nobis dicatus[53] Mephistophilis!


I charge thee to return, and change thy shape;

Thou art too ugly to attend on me:

Go, and 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:

No, Faustus, thou art conjuror laureat,

That canst command great Mephistophilis:

Quin regis Mephistophilis fratris imagine.

Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS like a Franciscan friar.[54]

MEPHIST. Now, Faustus, what wouldst thou have me do?

FAUSTUS. I charge thee wait upon me whilst I live,

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 to me?

MEPHIST. No, I came hither[55] of mine own accord.

FAUSTUS. Did not my conjuring speeches raise thee? speak.

MEPHIST. That was the cause, but yet per accidens;[56]

For, when we hear one rack the name of God,

Abjure the Scriptures and his Saviour Christ,

We fly, in hope to get his glorious soul;

Nor will we come, unless 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 not him,

For he confounds hell in Elysium:

His ghost be with the old philosophers!

But, leaving these vain trifles of men's souls,

Tell me what is that Lucifer thy lord?

MEPHIST. Arch-regent and commander of all spirits.

FAUSTUS. Was not that Lucifer an angel once?

MEPHIST. Yes, Faustus, and most dearly lov'd of God.

FAUSTUS. How comes it, then, that he is prince of devils?

MEPHIST. O, by aspiring pride and insolence;

For which God threw him from the face of heaven.

FAUSTUS. And what are you that live with Lucifer?

MEPHIST. Unhappy spirits that fell with Lucifer,

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 it, then, that thou art out of hell?

MEPHIST. Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it:[57]

Think'st thou that I, who 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?

O, Faustus, leave these frivolous demands,

Which strike a terror to my fainting soul!

FAUSTUS. 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 possess.

Go bear these[58] tidings to great Lucifer:

Seeing Faustus hath incurr'd eternal death

By desperate thoughts against Jove's[59] deity,

Say, he surrenders up to him his soul,

So he will spare him four and twenty[60] 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[61] me of thy master's mind.

MEPHIST. I will, Faustus.


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[62] 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[63] 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,[64]

I'll live in speculation of this art,

Till Mephistophilis return again.


Enter WAGNER[65] and CLOWN.

WAGNER. Sirrah boy, come hither.

CLOWN. How, boy! swowns, boy! I hope you have seen many boys

with such pickadevaunts[66] as I have: boy, quotha!

WAGNER. Tell me, sirrah, hast thou any comings in?

CLOWN. Ay, and goings out too; you may see else.

WAGNER. Alas, poor slave! see how poverty jesteth in his nakedness!

the villain is bare and out of service, and so hungry, that I know

he would give his soul to the devil for a shoulder of mutton,

though it were blood-raw.

CLOWN. How! my soul to the devil for a shoulder of mutton, though

'twere blood-raw! not so, good friend: by'r lady,[67] I had need

have it well roasted, and good sauce to it, if I pay so dear.

WAGNER. Well, wilt thou serve me, and I'll make thee go like

Qui mihi discipulus?[68]

CLOWN. How, in verse?

WAGNER. No, sirrah; in beaten silk and staves-acre.[69]

CLOWN. How, how, knaves-acre! ay, I thought that was all the land

his father left him. Do you hear? I would be sorry to rob you of

your living.

WAGNER. Sirrah, I say in staves-acre.

CLOWN. Oho, oho, staves-acre! why, then, belike, if I were your

man, I should be full of vermin.[70]

WAGNER. So thou shalt, whether thou beest with me or no. But,

sirrah, leave your jesting, and bind yourself presently unto me

for seven years, or I'll turn all the lice about thee into

familiars,[71] and they shall tear thee in pieces.

CLOWN. Do you hear, sir? you may save that labour; they are too

familiar with me already: swowns, they are as bold with my flesh

as if they had paid for their[72] meat and drink.

WAGNER. Well, do you hear, sirrah? hold, take these guilders.

[Gives money.]

CLOWN. Gridirons! what be they?

WAGNER. Why, French crowns.

CLOWN. Mass, but for the name of French crowns, a man were as good

have as many English counters. And what should I do with these?

WAGNER. Why, now, sirrah, thou art at an hour's warning, whensoever

or wheresoever the devil shall fetch thee.

CLOWN. No, no; here, take your gridirons again.

WAGNER. Truly, I'll none of them.

CLOWN. Truly, but you shall.

WAGNER. Bear witness I gave them him.

CLOWN. Bear witness I give them you again.

WAGNER. Well, I will cause two devils presently to fetch thee

away.--Baliol and Belcher!

CLOWN. Let your Baliol and your Belcher come here, and I'll

knock them, they were never so knocked since they were devils:

say I should kill one of them, what would folks say? "Do ye see

yonder tall fellow in the round slop?[73] he has killed the devil."

So I should be called Kill-devil all the parish over.

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

WAGNER. Baliol and Belcher,--spirits, away!

[Exeunt DEVILS.]

CLOWN. What, are they gone? a vengeance on them! they have vile[74]

long nails. There was a he-devil and a she-devil: I'll tell you

how you shall know them; all he-devils has horns, and all

she-devils has clifts and cloven feet.

WAGNER. Well, sirrah, follow me.

CLOWN. But, do you hear? if I should serve you, would you teach

me to raise up Banios and Belcheos?

WAGNER. I will teach thee to turn thyself to any thing, to a dog,

or a cat, or a mouse, or a rat, or any thing.

CLOWN. How! a Christian fellow to a dog, or a cat, a mouse,

or a rat! no, no, sir; if you turn me into any thing, let it be

in the likeness of a little pretty frisking flea, that I may be

here and there and every where: O, I'll tickle the pretty wenches'

plackets! I'll be amongst them, i'faith.

WAGNER. Well, sirrah, come.

CLOWN. But, do you hear, Wagner?

WAGNER. How!--Baliol and Belcher!

CLOWN. O Lord! I pray, sir, let Banio and Belcher go sleep.

WAGNER. Villain, call me Master Wagner, and let thy left eye be

diametarily fixed upon my right heel, with quasi vestigiis

nostris[75] insistere.


CLOWN. God forgive me, he speaks Dutch fustian. Well, I'll follow

him; I'll serve him, that's flat.


FAUSTUS discovered in his study.

FAUSTUS. Now, Faustus, must

Thou needs be damn'd, and canst thou not be sav'd:

What boots it, then, to think of God or heaven?

Away with such vain fancies, and despair;

Despair in God, and trust in Belzebub:

Now go not backward; no, Faustus, be resolute:

Why waver'st thou? O, something soundeth in mine ears,

"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,

And offer lukewarm blood of new-born babes.


GOOD ANGEL. Sweet Faustus, leave that execrable art.

FAUSTUS. Contrition, prayer, repentance--what of them?

GOOD ANGEL. O, they are means to bring thee unto heaven!

EVIL ANGEL. Rather illusions, fruits of lunacy,

That make men foolish that do trust them most.

GOOD ANGEL. Sweet Faustus, think of heaven and heavenly things.

EVIL ANGEL. No, Faustus; think of honour and of[76] wealth.

[Exeunt ANGELS.]

FAUSTUS. 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 no more doubts.--Come, Mephistophilis,

And bring glad tidings from great Lucifer;--

Is't not midnight?--come, Mephistophilis,

Veni, veni, Mephistophile!


Now tell me[77] what says Lucifer, thy lord?

MEPHIST. That I shall wait on Faustus whilst he lives,[78]

So he will buy my service with his soul.

FAUSTUS. Already Faustus hath hazarded that for thee.

MEPHIST. 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.

FAUSTUS. Stay, Mephistophilis, and tell me, what good will my soul

do thy lord?

MEPHIST. Enlarge his kingdom.

FAUSTUS. Is that the reason why[79] he tempts us thus?

MEPHIST. Solamen miseris socios habuisse doloris.[80]

FAUSTUS. Why,[81] have you any pain that torture[82] others!

MEPHIST. As great as have the human souls of men.

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.

FAUSTUS. Ay, Mephistophilis, I give it thee.

MEPHIST. Then, Faustus,[83] stab thine arm courageously,

And bind thy soul, that at some certain day

Great Lucifer may claim it as his own;

And then be thou as great as Lucifer.

FAUSTUS. [Stabbing his arm] Lo, Mephistophilis, for love of thee,

I cut mine arm, and 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 mine arm,

And let it be propitious for my wish.

MEPHIST. But, Faustus, thou must

Write it in manner of a deed of gift.

FAUSTUS. Ay, so I will [Writes]. But, Mephistophilis,

My blood congeals, and I can write no more.

MEPHIST. I'll fetch thee fire to dissolve it straight.


FAUSTUS. What might the staying of my blood portend?

Is it unwilling I should write this bill?[84]

Why streams it not, that I may write afresh?

FAUSTUS GIVES TO THEE HIS SOUL: ah, there it stay'd!

Why shouldst thou not? is not thy soul shine own?


Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with a chafer of coals.

MEPHIST. Here's fire; come, Faustus, set it on.[85]

FAUSTUS. So, now the blood begins to clear again;

Now will I make an end immediately.


MEPHIST. O, what will not I do to obtain his soul?


FAUSTUS. Consummatum est; this bill is ended,

And Faustus hath bequeath'd his soul to Lucifer.

But what is this inscription[86] on mine arm?

Homo, fuge: whither should I fly?

If unto God, he'll throw me[87] down to hell.

My senses are deceiv'd; here's nothing writ:--

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

Homo, fuge: yet shall not Faustus fly.

MEPHIST. I'll fetch him somewhat to delight his mind.

[Aside, and then exit.]

Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with DEVILS, who give crowns

and rich apparel to FAUSTUS, dance, and then depart.

FAUSTUS. Speak, Mephistophilis, what means this show?

MEPHIST. Nothing, Faustus, but to delight thy mind withal,

And to shew thee what magic can perform.

FAUSTUS. But may I raise up spirits when I please?

MEPHIST. Ay, Faustus, and do greater things than these.

FAUSTUS. Then there's enough for a thousand souls.

Here, Mephistophilis, receive 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. Faustus, I swear by hell and Lucifer

To effect all promises between us made!

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














MEPHIST. Speak, Faustus, do you deliver this as your deed?

FAUSTUS. Ay, take it, and the devil give thee good on't!

MEPHIST. Now, Faustus, ask what thou wilt.

FAUSTUS. First will I question with thee about hell.

Tell me, where is the place that men call hell?

MEPHIST. Under the heavens.

FAUSTUS. Ay, but whereabout?

MEPHIST. Within the bowels of these[90] elements,

Where we are tortur'd and remain for ever:

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd

In one self place; for where we are is hell,

And where hell is, there[91] must we ever be:

And, to conclude, when all the world dissolves,

And every creature shall be purified,

All places shall be hell that are[92] not heaven.

FAUSTUS. Come, I think hell's a fable.

MEPHIST. Ay, think so still, till experience change thy mind.

FAUSTUS. Why, think'st thou, then, that Faustus shall be damn'd?

MEPHIST. Ay, of necessity, for here's the scroll

Wherein thou hast given thy soul to Lucifer.

FAUSTUS. Ay, and body too: but what of that?

Think'st thou that Faustus is so fond[93] to imagine

That, after this life, there is any pain?

Tush, these are trifles and mere old wives' tales.

MEPHIST. But, Faustus, I am an instance to prove the contrary,

For I am damn'd, and am now in hell.

FAUSTUS. How! now in hell!

Nay, an this be hell, I'll willingly be damn'd here:

What! walking, disputing, &c.[94]

But, leaving off this, let me have a wife,[95]

The fairest maid in Germany;

For I am wanton and lascivious,

And cannot live without a wife.

MEPHIST. How! a wife!

I prithee, Faustus, talk not of a wife.

FAUSTUS. Nay, sweet Mephistophilis, fetch me one, for I will have


MEPHIST. Well, thou wilt have one? Sit there till I come: I'll

fetch thee a wife in the devil's name.


Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with a DEVIL drest like a WOMAN,

with fire-works.

MEPHIST. Tell me,[96] Faustus, how dost thou like thy wife?

FAUSTUS. A plague on her for a hot whore!

MEPHIST. Tut, Faustus,

Marriage is but a ceremonial toy;

If thou lovest me, think no[97] more of it.

I'll cull thee out the fairest courtezans,

And bring them every morning to thy bed:

She whom thine eye shall like, thy heart shall have,

Be she as chaste as was Penelope,

As wise as Saba,[98] or as beautiful

As was bright Lucifer before his fall.

Hold, take this book, peruse it thoroughly:

[Gives book.]

The iterating[99] of these lines brings gold;

The framing of this circle on the ground

Brings whirlwinds, tempests, thunder, and lightning;

Pronounce this thrice devoutly to thyself,

And men in armour shall appear to thee,

Ready to execute what thou desir'st.

FAUSTUS. Thanks, Mephistophilis: yet fain would I have a book

wherein I might behold all spells and incantations, that 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 might see all characters

and planets of the heavens, that I might know their motions and


MEPHIST. Here they are too.

[Turns to them.]

FAUSTUS. Nay, let me have one book more,--and then I have done,--

wherein I might see all plants, herbs, and trees, that grow upon

the earth.

MEPHIST. Here they be.

FAUSTUS. O, thou art deceived.

MEPHIST. Tut, I warrant thee.

[Turns to them.]

FAUSTUS. When I behold the heavens, then I repent,

And curse thee, wicked Mephistophilis,

Because thou hast depriv'd me of those joys.

MEPHIST. Why, Faustus,

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 man, therefore is man more excellent.

FAUSTUS. If it were made for man, 'twas made for me:

I will renounce this magic and repent.


GOOD ANGEL. Faustus, repent; yet God will pity thee.

EVIL ANGEL. Thou art a spirit; God cannot pity thee.

FAUSTUS. Who buzzeth in mine ears I am a spirit?

Be I a devil, yet God may pity me;

Ay, God will pity me, if I repent.

EVIL ANGEL. Ay, but Faustus never shall repent.

[Exeunt ANGELS.]

FAUSTUS. My heart's so harden'd, I cannot repent:

Scarce can I name salvation, faith, or heaven,

But fearful echoes thunder in mine ears,

"Faustus, thou art damn'd!" then swords, and knives,

Poison, guns, halters, and 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 he, that built the walls of Thebes

With ravishing sound of his melodious harp,

Made music with my Mephistophilis?

Why should I die, then, or basely despair?

I am resolv'd; Faustus shall ne'er repent.--

Come, Mephistophilis, let us dispute again,

And argue of divine astrology.[100]

Tell me, are 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 elements, such are the spheres,

Mutually folded in each other's orb,

And, Faustus,

All jointly move upon one axletree,

Whose terminine is term'd the world's wide pole;

Nor are the names of Saturn, Mars, or Jupiter

Feign'd, but are erring[101] stars.

FAUSTUS. But, tell me, have they all one motion, both situ et


MEPHIST. All jointly move from east to west in twenty-four hours

upon the poles of the world; but differ in their 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 Sun, Venus, and Mercury in a year; the Moon in

twenty-eight days. Tush, these are freshmen's[102] suppositions.

But, tell me, hath every sphere a dominion or intelligentia?


FAUSTUS. How many heavens or spheres are there?

MEPHIST. Nine; the seven planets, the firmament, and the empyreal


FAUSTUS. Well, resolve[103] me in this question; why have we not

conjunctions, oppositions, aspects, eclipses, all at one time,

but in some years we have more, in some less?

MEPHIST. Per inoequalem motum respectu totius.

FAUSTUS. Well, I am answered. Tell me who made the world?

MEPHIST. I will not.

FAUSTUS. Sweet Mephistophilis, tell me.

MEPHIST. Move me not, for I will not tell thee.

FAUSTUS. Villain, have I not bound thee to tell me any thing?

MEPHIST. Ay, that is not against our kingdom; but this is. Think

thou on hell, Faustus, for thou art damned.

FAUSTUS. Think, Faustus, upon God that made the world.

MEPHIST. Remember this.


FAUSTUS. Ay, go, accursed spirit, to ugly hell!

'Tis thou hast damn'd distressed Faustus' soul.

Is't not too late?


EVIL ANGEL. Too late.

GOOD ANGEL. Never too late, if Faustus can repent.

EVIL ANGEL. If thou repent, devils shall tear thee in pieces.

GOOD ANGEL. Repent, and they shall never raze thy skin.

[Exeunt ANGELS.]

FAUSTUS. Ah, Christ, my Saviour,

Seek to save[104] distressed Faustus' soul!


LUCIFER. Christ cannot save thy soul, for he is just:

There's none but I have interest in the same.

FAUSTUS. O, who art thou that look'st so terrible?

LUCIFER. I am Lucifer,

And this is my companion-prince in hell.

FAUSTUS. O, Faustus, they are come to fetch away thy soul!

LUCIFER. We come to tell thee thou dost injure us;

Thou talk'st of Christ, contrary to thy promise:

Thou shouldst not think of God: think of the devil,

And of his dam too.

FAUSTUS. Nor will I henceforth: pardon me in this,

And Faustus vows never to look to heaven,

Never to name God, or to pray to him,

To burn his Scriptures, slay his ministers,

And make my spirits pull his churches down.

LUCIFER. Do so, and we will highly gratify thee. Faustus, we are

come from hell to shew thee some pastime: sit down, and thou

shalt see all the Seven Deadly Sins appear in their proper shapes.

FAUSTUS. That sight will be as pleasing unto me,

As Paradise was to Adam, the first day

Of his creation.

LUCIFER. Talk not of Paradise nor creation; but mark this show:

talk of the devil, and nothing else.--Come away!

Enter the SEVEN DEADLY SINS.[105]

Now, Faustus, examine them of their several names and dispositions.

FAUSTUS. What art thou, the first?

PRIDE. I am Pride. I disdain to have any parents. I am like to

Ovid's flea; I can creep into every corner of a wench; sometimes,

like a perriwig, I sit upon her brow; or, like a fan of feathers,

I kiss her lips; indeed, I do--what do I not? But, fie, what a

scent is here! I'll not speak another word, except the ground

were perfumed, and covered with cloth of arras.

FAUSTUS. What art thou, the second?

COVETOUSNESS. I am Covetousness, begotten of an old churl, in an

old leathern bag: and, might I have my wish, I would desire that

this house and all the people in it were turned to gold, that I

might lock you up in my good chest: O, my sweet gold!

FAUSTUS. What art thou, the third?

WRATH. I am Wrath. I had neither father nor mother: I leapt out

of a lion's mouth when I was scarce half-an-hour old; and ever

since I have run up and down the world with this case[106]

of rapiers, wounding myself when I had nobody to fight withal.

I was born in hell; and look to it, for some of you shall be

my father.

FAUSTUS. What art thou, the fourth?

ENVY. I am Envy, begotten of a chimney-sweeper and an oyster-wife.

I cannot read, and therefore wish all books were burnt. I am lean

with seeing others eat. O, that there would come a famine through

all the world, that all might die, and I live alone! then thou

shouldst see how fat I would be. But must thou sit, and I stand?

come down, with a vengeance!

FAUSTUS. Away, envious rascal!--What art thou, the fifth?

GLUTTONY. Who I, sir? I am Gluttony. My parents are all dead,

and the devil a penny they have left me, but a bare pension, and

that is thirty meals a-day and ten bevers,[107]--a small trifle

to suffice nature. O, I come of a royal parentage! my grandfather

was a Gammon of Bacon, my grandmother a Hogshead of Claret-wine;

my godfathers were these, Peter Pickle-herring and Martin

Martlemas-beef; O, but my godmother, she was a jolly gentlewoman,

and well-beloved in every good town and city; her name was Mistress

Margery March-beer. Now, Faustus, thou hast heard all my progeny;

wilt thou bid me to supper?

FAUSTUS. No, I'll see thee hanged: thou wilt eat up all my victuals.

GLUTTONY. Then the devil choke thee!

FAUSTUS. Choke thyself, glutton!--What art thou, the sixth?

SLOTH. I am Sloth. I was begotten on a sunny bank, where I have

lain ever since; and you have done me great injury to bring me

from thence: let me be carried thither again by Gluttony and

Lechery. I'll not speak another word for a king's ransom.

FAUSTUS. What are you, Mistress Minx, the seventh and last?

LECHERY. Who I, sir? I am one that loves an inch of raw mutton

better than an ell of fried stock-fish; and the first letter

of my name begins with L.[108]

FAUSTUS. Away, to hell, to hell![109]

[Exeunt the SINS.]

LUCIFER. Now, Faustus, how dost thou like this?

FAUSTUS. O, this feeds my soul!

LUCIFER. Tut, Faustus, in hell is all manner of delight.

FAUSTUS. O, might I see hell, and return again,

How happy were I then!

LUCIFER. Thou shalt; I will send for thee at midnight.[110]

In meantime take this book; peruse it throughly,

And thou shalt turn thyself into what shape thou wilt.

FAUSTUS. Great thanks, mighty Lucifer!

This will I keep as chary as my life.

LUCIFER. Farewell, Faustus, and think on the devil.

FAUSTUS. Farewell, great Lucifer.


Come, Mephistophilis.


Enter CHORUS.[111]

CHORUS. Learned Faustus,

To know the secrets of astronomy[112]

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,

And, as I guess, will 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 now, my good Mephistophilis,

Pass'd with delight the stately town of Trier,[114]

Environ'd round with airy mountain-tops,

With walls of flint, and deep-entrenched lakes,

Not to be won by any conquering prince;

From Paris next,[115] coasting the realm of France,

We saw the river Maine fall into Rhine,

Whose banks are set with groves of fruitful vines;

Then up to Naples, rich Campania,

Whose buildings fair and gorgeous to the eye,

The streets straight forth, and pav'd with finest brick,

Quarter the town in four equivalents:

There saw we learned Maro's golden tomb,

The way he cut,[116] an English mile in length,

Thorough a rock of stone, in one night's space;

From thence to Venice, Padua, and the rest,

In one of which a sumptuous temple stands,[117]

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 thou, as erst I did command,

Conducted me within the walls of Rome?

MEPHIST. Faustus, I have; and, because we will not be unprovided,

I have taken up his Holiness' privy-chamber for our use.

FAUSTUS. I hope his Holiness will bid us welcome.


Tut, 'tis no matter; man; we'll be bold with his good cheer.

And now, my Faustus, that 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[118] runs flowing Tiber's stream

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[119] 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 gates, and high pyramides,

Which Julius Caesar brought from Africa.

FAUSTUS. Now, by the kingdoms of infernal rule,

Of Styx, of[120] Acheron, and the fiery lake

Of ever-burning Phlegethon, I swear

That I do long to see the monuments

And situation of bright-splendent Rome:

Come, therefore, let's away.

MEPHIST. Nay, Faustus, stay: I know you'd fain see the Pope,

And take some part of holy Peter's feast,

Where thou shalt see a troop of bald-pate friars,

Whose summum bonum is in belly-cheer.

FAUSTUS. Well, I'm content to compass then some sport,

And by their folly make us merriment.

Then charm me, that I[121]

May be invisible, to do what I please,

Unseen of any whilst I stay in Rome.

[Mephistophilis charms him.]

MEPHIST. So, Faustus; now

Do what thou wilt, thou shalt not be discern'd.

Sound a Sonnet.[122] Enter the POPE and the CARDINAL OF

LORRAIN to the banquet, with FRIARS attending.

POPE. My Lord of Lorrain, will't please you draw near?

FAUSTUS. Fall to, and the devil choke you, an you spare!

POPE. How now! who's that which spake?--Friars, look about.

FIRST FRIAR. Here's nobody, if it like your Holiness.

POPE. My lord, here is a dainty dish was sent me from the Bishop

of Milan.

FAUSTUS. I thank you, sir.

[Snatches the dish.]

POPE. How now! who's that which snatched the meat from me? will

no man look?--My lord, this dish was sent me from the Cardinal

of Florence.

FAUSTUS. You say true; I'll ha't.

[Snatches the dish.]

POPE. What, again!--My lord, I'll drink to your grace.

FAUSTUS. I'll pledge your grace.

[Snatches the cup.]

  1. OF LOR. My lord, it may be some ghost, newly crept out of

Purgatory, come to beg a pardon of your Holiness.

POPE. It may be so.--Friars, prepare a dirge to lay the fury

of this ghost.--Once again, my lord, fall to.

[The POPE crosses himself.]

FAUSTUS. What, are you crossing of yourself?

Well, use that trick no more, I would advise you.

[The POPE crosses himself again.]

Well, there's the second time. Aware the third;

I give you fair warning.

[The POPE crosses himself again, and FAUSTUS hits him a box

of the ear; and they all run away.]

Come on, Mephistophilis; what shall we do?

MEPHIST. Nay, I know not: we shall be cursed with bell, book,

and candle.

FAUSTUS. How! bell, book, and candle,--candle, book, and bell,--

Forward and backward, to curse Faustus to hell!

Anon you shall hear a hog grunt, a calf bleat, and an ass bray,

Because it is Saint Peter's holiday.

Re-enter all the FRIARS to sing the Dirge.


Come, brethren, let's about our business with good devotion.

They sing.


TABLE! maledicat Dominus!


maledicat Dominus!


maledicat Dominus!




Dominus? ['?' sic]

Et omnes Sancti! Amen!

[MEPHISTOPHILIS and FAUSTUS beat the FRIARS, and fling

fire-works among them; and so exeunt.]


CHORUS. When Faustus had with pleasure ta'en the view

Of rarest things, and royal courts of kings,

He stay'd his course, and 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 Fifth, at whose palace now

Faustus is feasted 'mongst his noblemen.

What there he did, in trial of his art,

I leave untold; your eyes shall see['t] perform'd.


Enter ROBIN[123] the Ostler, with a book in his hand.

ROBIN. O, this is admirable! here I ha' stolen one of Doctor

Faustus' conjuring-books, and, i'faith, I mean to search some

circles for my own use. Now will I make all the maidens in our

parish dance at my pleasure, stark naked, before me; and so

by that means I shall see more than e'er I felt or saw yet.

Enter RALPH, calling ROBIN.

RALPH. Robin, prithee, come away; there's a gentleman tarries

to have his horse, and he would have his things rubbed and made

clean: he keeps such a chafing with my mistress about it; and

she has sent me to look thee out; prithee, come away.

ROBIN. Keep out, keep out, or else you are blown up, you are

dismembered, Ralph: keep out, for I am about a roaring piece

of work.

RALPH. Come, what doest thou with that same book? thou canst

not read?

ROBIN. Yes, my master and mistress shall find that I can read,

he for his forehead, she for her private study; she's born to

bear with me, or else my art fails.

RALPH. Why, Robin, what book is that?

ROBIN. What book! why, the most intolerable book 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 with it; first, I can

make thee drunk with ippocras[124] at any tabern[125] in Europe

for nothing; that's one of my conjuring works.

RALPH. Our Master Parson says that's nothing.

ROBIN. True, Ralph: and more, Ralph, if thou hast any mind to

Nan Spit, our kitchen-maid, then turn her and wind her to thy own

use, as often as thou wilt, and at midnight.

RALPH. O, brave, Robin! shall I have Nan Spit, and to mine own

use? On that condition I'll feed thy devil with horse-bread as

long as he lives, of free cost.

ROBIN. No more, sweet Ralph: let's go and make clean our boots,

which lie foul upon our hands, and then to our conjuring in the

devil's name.


Enter ROBIN and RALPH[126] with a silver goblet.

ROBIN. Come, Ralph: did not I tell thee, we were for ever made

by this Doctor Faustus' book? ecce, signum! here's a simple

purchase[127] for horse-keepers: our horses shall eat no hay as

long as this lasts.

RALPH. But, Robin, here comes the Vintner.

ROBIN. Hush! I'll gull him supernaturally.


Drawer,[128] I hope all is paid; God be with you!--Come, Ralph.

VINTNER. Soft, sir; a word with you. I must yet have a goblet paid

from you, ere you go.

ROBIN. I a goblet, Ralph, I a goblet!--I scorn you; and you are

but a, &c. I a goblet! search me.

VINTNER. I mean so, sir, with your favour.

[Searches ROBIN.]

ROBIN. How say you now?

VINTNER. I must say somewhat to your fellow.--You, sir!

RALPH. Me, sir! me, sir! search your fill. [VINTNER searches him.]

Now, sir, you may be ashamed to burden honest men with a matter

of truth.

VINTNER. Well, tone[129] of you hath this goblet about you.

ROBIN. You lie, drawer, 'tis afore me [Aside].--Sirrah you, I'll

teach you to impeach honest men;--stand by;--I'll scour you for

a goblet;--stand aside you had best, I charge you in the name of

Belzebub.--Look to the goblet, Ralph [Aside to RALPH].

VINTNER. What mean you, sirrah?

ROBIN. I'll tell you what I mean. [Reads from a book] Sanctobulorum

Periphrasticon--nay, I'll tickle you, Vintner.--Look to the goblet,

Ralph [Aside to RALPH].--[Reads] Polypragmos Belseborams framanto

pacostiphos tostu, Mephistophilis, &c.

Enter MEPHISTOPHILIS, sets squibs at their backs, and then

exit. They run about.

VINTNER. O, nomine Domini! what meanest thou, Robin? thou hast no


RALPH. Peccatum peccatorum!--Here's thy goblet, good Vintner.

[Gives the goblet to VINTNER, who exit.]

ROBIN. Misericordia pro nobis! what shall I do? Good devil, forgive

me now, and I'll never rob thy library more.


MEPHIST. Monarch of Hell,[130] under whose black survey

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. How, from Constantinople! you have had a great journey:

will you take sixpence in your purse to pay for your supper, and

be gone?

MEPHIST. Well, villains, for your presumption, I transform thee

into an ape, and thee into a dog; and so be gone!


ROBIN. How, into 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'faith, thy head will never be out of the pottage-pot.



EMPEROR. Master Doctor Faustus,[132] I have heard strange report

of thy knowledge in the black art, how that none in my empire

nor in the whole world can compare with thee for the rare effects

of magic: they say thou hast a familiar spirit, by whom thou canst

accomplish what thou list. This, therefore, is my request, that

thou let me see some proof of thy skill, that mine eyes may be

witnesses to confirm what mine ears have heard reported: and here

I swear to thee, by the honour of mine imperial crown, that,

whatever thou doest, thou shalt be no ways prejudiced or endamaged.

KNIGHT. I'faith, he looks much like a conjurer.


FAUSTUS. My gracious sovereign, though I must confess myself far

inferior to the report men have published, and nothing answerable

to the honour of your imperial majesty, yet, for that love and duty

binds me thereunto, I am content to do whatsoever your majesty

shall command me.

EMPEROR. Then, Doctor Faustus, mark what I shall say.

As I was sometime solitary set

Within my closet, sundry thoughts arose

About the honour of mine ancestors,

How they had won[133] by prowess such exploits,

Got such riches, subdu'd so many kingdoms,

As we that do succeed,[134] or they that shall

Hereafter possess our throne, shall

(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[135] 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:

If, therefore, thou, by 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 shapes, gesture, and 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 lord, I am ready to accomplish your request,

so far forth as by art and power of my spirit I am able to perform.

KNIGHT. I'faith, that's just nothing at all.


FAUSTUS. But, if it like your grace, it is not in my ability[136]

to present before your eyes the true substantial bodies of those

two deceased princes, which long since are consumed to dust.

KNIGHT. Ay, marry, Master Doctor, now there's a sign of grace in

you, when you will confess the truth.


FAUSTUS. But such spirits as can lively resemble Alexander and

his paramour shall appear before your grace, in that manner that

they both[137] lived in, in their most flourishing estate; which

I doubt not shall sufficiently content your imperial majesty.

EMPEROR. Go to, Master Doctor; let me see them presently.

KNIGHT. Do you hear, Master Doctor? you bring Alexander and his

paramour before the Emperor!

FAUSTUS. How then, sir?

KNIGHT. I'faith, that's as true as Diana turned me to a stag.

FAUSTUS. No, sir; but, when Actaeon died, he left the horns for

you.--Mephistophilis, be gone.


KNIGHT. Nay, an you go to conjuring, I'll be gone.


FAUSTUS. I'll meet with you anon for interrupting me so.

--Here they are, my gracious lord.

Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with SPIRITS in the shapes of ALEXANDER

and his PARAMOUR.

EMPEROR. Master Doctor, I heard this lady, while she lived, had a

wart or mole in her neck: how shall I know whether it be so or no?

FAUSTUS. Your highness may boldly go and see.

EMPEROR. Sure, these are no spirits, but the true substantial

bodies of those two deceased princes.

[Exeunt Spirits.]

FAUSTUS. Wilt please your highness now to send for the knight

that was so pleasant with me here of late?

EMPEROR. One of you call him forth.


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

How now, sir knight! why, I had thought thou hadst been a bachelor,

but now I see thou hast a wife, that not only gives thee horns,

but makes thee wear them. Feel on thy head.

KNIGHT. Thou damned wretch and execrable dog,

Bred in the concave of some monstrous rock,

How dar'st thou thus abuse a gentleman?

Villain, I say, undo what thou hast done!

FAUSTUS. O, not so fast, sir! there's no haste: but, good, are

you remembered how you crossed me in my conference with the

Emperor? I think I have met with you for it.

EMPEROR. Good Master Doctor, at my entreaty release him: he hath

done penance sufficient.

FAUSTUS. My gracious lord, not so much for the injury he offered

me here in your presence, as to delight you with some mirth, hath

Faustus worthily requited this injurious knight; which being all

I desire, I am content to release him of his horns:--and,

sir knight, hereafter speak well of scholars.--Mephistophilis,

transform him straight.[138] [MEPHISTOPHILIS removes the horns.]

--Now, my good lord, having done my duty, I humbly take my leave.

EMPEROR. Farewell, Master Doctor: yet, ere you go,

Expect from me a bounteous reward.


FAUSTUS. Now, Mephistophilis,[139] the restless course

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:

Therefore, sweet Mephistophilis, let us

Make haste to Wertenberg.

MEPHIST. What, will you go on horse-back or on foot[?]

FAUSTUS. Nay, till I'm past this fair and pleasant green,

I'll walk on foot.

Enter a HORSE-COURSER.[140]

HORSE-COURSER. I have been all this day seeking one Master Fustian:

mass, see where he is!--God save you, Master Doctor!

FAUSTUS. What, horse-courser! you are well met.

HORSE-COURSER. Do you hear, sir? I have brought you forty dollars

for your horse.

FAUSTUS. I cannot sell him so: if thou likest him for fifty, take


HORSE-COURSER. Alas, sir, I have no more!--I pray you, speak for


MEPHIST. I pray you, let him have him: he is an honest fellow,

and he has a great charge, neither wife nor child.

FAUSTUS. Well, come, give me your money [HORSE-COURSER gives

FAUSTUS the money]: my boy will deliver him to you. But I must

tell you one thing before you have him; ride him not into the

water, at any hand.

HORSE-COURSER. Why, sir, will he not drink of all waters?

FAUSTUS. O, yes, he will drink of all waters; but ride him not

into the water: ride him over hedge or ditch, or where thou wilt,

but not into the water.

HORSE-COURSER. Well, sir.--Now am I made man for ever: I'll not

leave my horse for forty:[141] if he had but the quality of

hey-ding-ding, hey-ding-ding, I'd make a brave living on him:

he has a buttock as slick as an eel [Aside].--Well, God b'wi'ye,

sir: your boy will deliver him me: but, hark you, sir; if my horse

be sick or ill at ease, if I bring his water to you, you'll tell

me what it is?

FAUSTUS. Away, you villain! what, dost think I am a horse-doctor?


What art thou, Faustus, but a man condemn'd to die?

Thy fatal time doth draw to final end;

Despair doth drive distrust into[142] my thoughts:

Confound these passions with a quiet sleep:

Tush, Christ did call the thief upon the Cross;

Then rest thee, Faustus, quiet in conceit.

[Sleeps in his chair.]

Re-enter HORSE-COURSER, all wet, crying.

HORSE-COURSER. Alas, alas! Doctor Fustian, quoth a? mass, Doctor

Lopus[143] was never such a doctor: has given me a purgation, has

purged me of forty dollars; I shall never see them more. But yet,

like an ass as I was, I would not be ruled by him, for he bade me

I should ride him into no water: now I, thinking my horse had had

some rare quality that he would not have had me know of,[144] I,

like a venturous youth, rid him into the deep pond at the town's

end. I was no sooner in the middle of the pond, but my horse

vanished away, and I sat upon a bottle of hay, never so near

drowning in my life. But I'll seek out my doctor, and have my

forty dollars again, or I'll make it the dearest horse!--O,

yonder is his snipper-snapper.--Do you hear? you, hey-pass,[145]

where's your master?

MEPHIST. Why, sir, what would you? you cannot speak with him.

HORSE-COURSER. But I will speak with him.

MEPHIST. Why, he's fast asleep: come some other time.

HORSE-COURSER. I'll speak with him now, or I'll break his

glass-windows about his ears.

MEPHIST. I tell thee, he has not slept this eight nights.

HORSE-COURSER. An he have not slept this eight weeks, I'll

speak with him.

MEPHIST. See, where he is, fast asleep.

HORSE-COURSER. Ay, this is he.--God save you, Master Doctor,

Master Doctor, Master Doctor Fustian! forty dollars, forty dollars

for a bottle of hay!

MEPHIST. Why, thou seest he hears thee not.

HORSE-COURSER. So-ho, ho! so-ho, ho! [Hollows in his ear.] No,

will you not wake? I'll make you wake ere I go. [Pulls FAUSTUS

by the leg, and pulls it away.] Alas, I am undone! what shall

I do?

FAUSTUS. O, my leg, my leg!--Help, Mephistophilis! call the

officers.--My leg, my leg!

MEPHIST. Come, villain, to the constable.

HORSE-COURSER. O Lord, sir, let me go, and I'll give you forty

dollars more!

MEPHIST. Where be they?

HORSE-COURSER. I have none about me: come to my ostry,[146]

and I'll give them you.

MEPHIST. Be gone quickly.

[HORSE-COURSER runs away.]

FAUSTUS. What, is he gone? farewell he! Faustus has his leg again,

and the Horse-courser, I take it, a bottle of hay for his labour:

well, this trick shall cost him forty dollars more.


How now, Wagner! what's the news with thee?

WAGNER. Sir, the Duke of Vanholt doth earnestly entreat your


FAUSTUS. The Duke of Vanholt! an honourable gentleman, to whom

I must be no niggard of my cunning.[147]--Come, Mephistophilis,

let's away to him.


Enter the DUKE OF VANHOLT, the DUCHESS, and FAUSTUS.[148]

DUKE. Believe me, Master Doctor, this merriment hath much pleased


FAUSTUS. My gracious lord, I am glad it contents you so well.

--But it may be, madam, you take no delight in this. I have heard

that great-bellied women do long for some dainties or other: what

is it, madam? tell me, and you shall have it.

DUCHESS. Thanks, good Master Doctor: and, for I see your courteous

intent to pleasure me, I will not hide from you the thing my heart

desires; and, were it now summer, as it is January and the dead

time of the winter, I would desire no better meat than a dish

of ripe grapes.

FAUSTUS. Alas, madam, that's nothing!--Mephistophilis, be gone.

[Exit MEPHISTOPHILIS.] Were it a greater thing than this, so it

would content you, you should have it.

Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with grapes.

Here they be, madam: wilt please you taste on them?

DUKE. Believe me, Master Doctor, this makes me wonder above the

rest, that being in the dead time of winter and in the month of

January, how you should come by these grapes.

FAUSTUS. If it like your grace, the year is divided into two

circles over the whole world, that, when it is here winter with

us, in the contrary circle it is summer with them, as in India,

Saba,[149] and farther countries in the east; and by means of a

swift spirit that I have, I had them brought hither, as you see.

--How do you like them, madam? be they good?

DUCHESS. Believe me, Master Doctor, they be the best grapes that

e'er I tasted in my life before.

FAUSTUS. I am glad they content you so, madam.

DUKE. Come, madam, let us in, where you must well reward this

learned man for the great kindness he hath shewed to you.

DUCHESS. And so I will, my lord; and, whilst I live, rest

beholding[150] for this courtesy.

FAUSTUS. I humbly thank your grace.

DUKE. Come, Master Doctor, follow us, and receive your reward.


Enter WAGNER.[151]

WAGNER. I think my master means to die shortly,

For he hath given to me all his goods:[152]

And yet, methinks, if that death were near,

He would not banquet, and carouse, and swill

Amongst the students, as even now he doth,

Who are at supper with such belly-cheer

As Wagner ne'er beheld in all his life.

See, where they come! belike the feast is ended.


Enter FAUSTUS with two or three SCHOLARS, and MEPHISTOPHILIS.

FIRST SCHOLAR. Master Doctor Faustus, since our conference about

fair ladies, which was the beautifulest in all the world, we have

determined with ourselves that Helen of Greece was the admirablest

lady that ever lived: therefore, Master Doctor, if you will do us

that favour, as to let us see that peerless dame of Greece, whom

all the world admires for majesty, we should think 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 silent, then, for danger is in words.

[Music sounds, and HELEN passeth over the stage.[153]]

SECOND SCHOLAR. Too simple is my wit to tell her praise,

Whom all the world admires for majesty.

THIRD SCHOLAR. No marvel though the angry Greeks 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 of Nature's works,

And only paragon of excellence,

Let us depart; and for this glorious deed

Happy and blest be Faustus evermore!

FAUSTUS. Gentlemen, farewell: the same I wish to you.

[Exeunt SCHOLARS.]

Enter an OLD MAN.[154]

OLD MAN. Ah, Doctor Faustus, that I might prevail

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 heart, drop blood, and mingle it with tears,

Tears falling from repentant heaviness

Of thy most vile[155] and loathsome filthiness,

The stench whereof corrupts the inward soul

With such flagitious crimes of heinous sin[156]

As no commiseration may expel,

But mercy, Faustus, of thy Saviour sweet,

Whose blood alone must wash away thy guilt.

FAUSTUS. Where art thou, Faustus? wretch, what hast thou done?

Damn'd art thou, Faustus, damn'd; despair and die!

Hell calls for right, and with a roaring voice

Says, "Faustus, come; thine hour is almost[157] come;"

And Faustus now[158] will come to do thee right.

[MEPHISTOPHILIS gives him a dagger.]

OLD MAN. Ah, stay, good Faustus, stay thy desperate steps!

I see an angel hovers o'er thy head,

And, with a vial full of precious grace,

Offers to pour the same into thy soul:

Then call for mercy, and avoid despair.

FAUSTUS. Ah, my sweet friend, I feel

Thy words to comfort my distressed soul!

Leave me a while to ponder on my sins.

OLD MAN. I go, sweet Faustus; but with heavy cheer,

Fearing the ruin of thy hopeless soul.


FAUSTUS. Accursed Faustus, where is mercy now?

I do repent; and yet I do despair:

Hell strives with grace for conquest in my breast:

What shall I do to shun the snares of death?

MEPHIST. Thou traitor, Faustus, I arrest thy soul

For disobedience to my sovereign lord:

Revolt, or I'll in piece-meal tear thy flesh.

FAUSTUS. Sweet Mephistophilis, entreat thy lord

To pardon my unjust presumption,

And with my blood again I will confirm

My former vow I made to Lucifer.

MEPHIST. Do it, then, quickly,[159] with unfeigned heart,

Lest greater danger do attend thy drift.

FAUSTUS. Torment, sweet friend, that base and crooked age,

That durst dissuade me from thy Lucifer,

With greatest torments that our hell affords.

MEPHIST. His faith is great; I cannot touch his soul;

But what I may afflict his body with

I will attempt, which is but little worth.

FAUSTUS. One thing, good servant,[160] let me crave of 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[161] thoughts that do dissuade me from my vow,

And keep mine oath I made to Lucifer.

MEPHIST. Faustus, this,[162] or what else thou shalt desire,

Shall be perform'd in twinkling of an eye.

Re-enter HELEN.

FAUSTUS. Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,

And burnt the topless[163] towers of Ilium--

Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.--

[Kisses her.]

Her lips suck forth my soul: see, where it flies!--

Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again.

Here will I dwell, for heaven is[164] in these lips,

And all is dross that is not Helena.

I will be Paris, and for love of thee,

Instead of Troy, shall Wertenberg be sack'd;

And I will combat with weak Menelaus,

And wear thy colours on my plumed crest;

Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel,

And then return to Helen for a kiss.

O, thou 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[165] be my paramour!


Enter the OLD MAN.[166]

OLD MAN. Accursed Faustus, miserable man,

That from thy soul exclud'st the grace of heaven,

And fly'st the throne of his tribunal-seat!


Satan begins to sift me with his pride:

As in this furnace God shall try my faith,

My faith, vile hell, shall triumph over thee.

Ambitious fiends, see how the heavens smile

At your repulse, and laugh your state to scorn!

Hence, hell! for hence I fly unto my God.

[Exeunt,--on one side, DEVILS, on the other, OLD MAN.]

Enter FAUSTUS,[167] with SCHOLARS.

FAUSTUS. Ah, gentlemen!

FIRST SCHOLAR. What ails Faustus?

FAUSTUS. Ah, my sweet chamber-fellow, had I lived with thee,

then had I lived still! but now I die eternally. Look, comes

he not? comes he not?

SECOND SCHOLAR. What means Faustus?

THIRD SCHOLAR. Belike he is grown into some sickness by being


FIRST SCHOLAR. If it be so, we'll have physicians to cure him.

--'Tis but a surfeit; never fear, man.

FAUSTUS. A surfeit of deadly sin, that hath damned both body

and soul.

SECOND SCHOLAR. Yet, Faustus, look up to heaven; remember God's

mercies are infinite.

FAUSTUS. But Faustus' offence can ne'er be pardoned: the serpent

that tempted Eve may be saved, but not Faustus. Ah, gentlemen,

hear me with patience, and tremble not at my speeches! Though

my heart pants and quivers to remember that I have been a student

here these thirty years, O, would I had never seen Wertenberg,

never read book! and what wonders I have done, all Germany can

witness, yea, all the world; for which Faustus hath lost both

Germany and the world, yea, heaven itself, heaven, the seat of

God, the throne of the blessed, the kingdom of joy; and must

remain in hell for ever, hell, ah, hell, for ever! Sweet friends,

what shall become of Faustus, being in hell for ever?

THIRD SCHOLAR. Yet, Faustus, call on God.

FAUSTUS. On God, whom Faustus hath abjured! on God, whom Faustus

hath blasphemed! Ah, my God, I would weep! but the devil draws in

my tears. Gush forth blood, instead of tears! yea, life and soul!

O, he stays my tongue! I would lift up my hands; but see, they

hold them, they hold them!

ALL. Who, Faustus?

FAUSTUS. Lucifer and Mephistophilis. Ah, gentlemen, I gave them

my soul for my cunning![168]

ALL. God forbid!

FAUSTUS. God forbade it, indeed; but Faustus hath done it: for

vain pleasure of twenty-four years hath Faustus lost eternal joy

and felicity. I writ them a bill with mine own blood: the date

is expired; the time will come, and he will fetch me.

FIRST SCHOLAR. Why did not Faustus tell us of this before,[169]

that divines might have prayed for thee?

FAUSTUS. Oft have I thought to have done so; but the devil

threatened to tear me in pieces, if I named God, to fetch both

body and soul, if I once gave ear to divinity: and now 'tis too

late. Gentlemen, away, lest you perish with me.

SECOND SCHOLAR. O, what shall we do to save[170] Faustus?

FAUSTUS. Talk not of me, but save yourselves, and depart.

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

FIRST SCHOLAR. Tempt not God, sweet friend; but let us into the

next room, and there pray for him.

FAUSTUS. Ay, pray for me, pray for me; and what noise soever

ye hear,[171] come not unto me, for nothing can rescue me.

SECOND SCHOLAR. Pray thou, and we will pray that God may have

mercy upon thee.

FAUSTUS. Gentlemen, farewell: if I live till morning, I'll visit

you; if not, Faustus is gone to hell.

ALL. Faustus, farewell.

[Exeunt SCHOLARS.--The clock strikes eleven.]

FAUSTUS. Ah, Faustus,

Now hast thou but one bare hour to live,

And then thou must be damn'd perpetually!

Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of heaven,

That time may cease, and midnight never come;

Fair Nature's eye, rise, rise again, and make

Perpetual day; or let this hour be but

A year, a month, a week, a natural day,

That Faustus may repent and save his soul!

O lente,[172] lente currite, noctis equi!

The stars move still, time runs, the clock will strike,

The devil will come, and Faustus must be damn'd.

O, I'll leap up to my God!--Who pulls me down?--

See, see, where Christ's blood streams in the firmament!

One drop would save my soul, half a drop: ah, my Christ!--

Ah, rend not my heart for naming of my Christ!

Yet will I call on him: O, spare me, Lucifer!--

Where is it now? 'tis gone: and see, where God

Stretcheth out his arm, and bends his ireful brows!

Mountains and hills, come, come, and fall on me,

And hide me from the heavy wrath of God!

No, no!

Then will I headlong run into the earth:

Earth, gape! O, no, it will not harbour me!

You stars that reign'd at my nativity,

Whose influence hath allotted death and hell,

Now draw up Faustus, like a foggy mist.

Into the entrails of yon labouring cloud[s],

That, when you[173] 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 the half-hour.]

Ah, half the hour is past! 'twill all be past anon

O God,

If thou wilt not have mercy on my soul,

Yet for Christ's sake, whose blood hath ransom'd me,

Impose some end to my incessant pain;

Let Faustus live in hell a thousand years,

A hundred thousand, and at last be sav'd!

O, no end is limited to damned souls!

Why wert thou not a creature wanting soul?

Or why is this immortal that thou hast?

Ah, Pythagoras' metempsychosis, were that true,

This soul should fly from me, and I be chang'd

Unto some brutish beast![174] all beasts are happy,

For, when 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!

No, Faustus, curse thyself, curse Lucifer

That hath depriv'd thee of the joys of heaven.

[The clock strikes twelve.]

O, it strikes, it strikes! Now, body, turn to air,

Or Lucifer will bear thee quick to hell!

[Thunder and lightning.]

O soul, be chang'd into little water-drops,

And fall into the ocean, ne'er be found!


My God, my god, look not so fierce on me!

Adders and serpents, let me breathe a while!

Ugly hell, gape not! come not, Lucifer!

I'll burn my books!--Ah, Mephistophilis!

[Exeunt DEVILS with FAUSTUS.] [175]


CHORUS. Cut is the branch that might have grown full 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.


[Footnote 1: mate-- i.e. confound, defeat.]

[Footnote 2: vaunt-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "daunt."]

[Footnote 3: her-- All the 4tos "his."]

[Footnote 4: Whereas-- i.e. where.]

[Footnote 5: cunning-- i.e. knowledge.]

[Footnote 6: So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "more."]

[Footnote 7: FAUSTUS discovered in his study-- Most probably, the Chorus,

before going out, drew a curtain, and discovered Faustus sitting.

In B. Barnes's DIVILS CHARTER, 1607, we find; "SCEN. VLTIMA.


VPON A BOOKE, whilst a groome draweth the Curtaine." Sig. L 3.]

[Footnote 8: Analytics, 'tis thou, &c.-- Qy. "Analytic"? (but such

phraseology was not uncommon).]

[Footnote 9: So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "the" (the printer

having mistaken "yt" for "ye").]

[Footnote 10: So the later 4tos (with various spelling).--2to 1604


[Footnote 11: and-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 12: Couldst-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "Wouldst."]

[Footnote 13: men-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "man."]

[Footnote 14: legatur-- All the 4tos "legatus."]

[Footnote 15: &c.-- So two of the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 16: law-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "Church."]

[Footnote 17: This-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "His."]

[Footnote 18: Too servile-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "The deuill."]

[Footnote 19: Che sera, sera-- Lest it should be thought that I am wrong

in not altering the old spelling here, I may quote from Panizzi's

very critical edition of the ORLANDO FURIOSO,

"La satisfazion ci SERA pronta." C. xviii. st. 67.]

[Footnote 20: scenes-- "And sooner may a gulling weather-spie

By drawing forth heavens SCEANES tell certainly," &c.

Donne's FIRST SATYRE,--p. 327, ed. 1633.]

[Footnote 21: tire-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "trie."]

[Footnote 22: Enter WAGNER, &c.-- Perhaps the proper arrangement is,]



Commend me to my dearest friends," &c.]

[Footnote 23: treasure-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "treasury."]

[Footnote 24: Jove-- So again, p. 84, first col.,[See Note 59]


"Seeing Faustus hath incurr'd eternal death

By desperate thoughts against JOVE'S deity," &c.:

and I may notice that Marlowe is not singular in applying the name

JOVE to the God of Christians:]

"Beneath our standard of JOUES powerfull sonne [i.e. Christ--".

MIR. FOR MAGISTRATES, p. 642, ed. 1610.

"But see the judgement of almightie JOUE," &c.

Id. p. 696.

"O sommo GIOVE per noi crocifisso," &c.

Pulci,--MORGANTE MAG. C. ii. st. 1.]

[Footnote 25: these elements-- So again, "Within the bowels of THESE

elements," &c., p. 87, first col,[See Note 90----"THESE" being

equivalent to THE. (Not unfrequently in our old writers THESE

is little more than redundant.)]

[Footnote 26: resolve-- i.e. satisfy, inform.]

[Footnote 27: silk-- All the 4tos "skill" (and so the modern editors!).]

[Footnote 28: the-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "our."]

[Footnote 29: the fiery keel at Antwerp's bridge-- During the blockade

of Antwerp by the Prince of Parma in 1585, "They of Antuerpe

knowing that the bridge and the Stocadoes were finished,

made a great shippe, to be a meanes to breake all this worke

of the prince of Parmaes: this great shippe was made of masons

worke within, in the manner of a vaulted caue: vpon the hatches

there were layed myll-stones, graue-stones, and others of great

weight; and within the vault were many barrels of powder, ouer

the which there were holes, and in them they had put matches,

hanging at a thred, the which burning vntill they came vnto

the thred, would fall into the powder, and so blow vp all.

And for that they could not haue any one in this shippe to

conduct it, Lanckhaer, a sea captaine of the Hollanders, being

then in Antuerpe, gaue them counsell to tye a great beame at the

end of it, to make it to keepe a straight course in the middest

of the streame. In this sort floated this shippe the fourth of

Aprill, vntill that it came vnto the bridge; where (within a

while after) the powder wrought his effect, with such violence,

as the vessell, and all that was within it, and vpon it, flew in

pieces, carrying away a part of the Stocado and of the bridge.

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, were presently slaine; which were

torne in pieces, and dispersed abroad, both vpon the land and vpon


  1. 875, ed. 1609.]

[Footnote 30: only-- Qy. "alone"? (This line is not in the later 4tos.)]

[Footnote 31: vile-- Old ed. "vild": but see note ||, p. 68.--(This line

is not in the later 4tos.)

[Note || from page 68 (The Second Part of Tamburlaine the


Vile-- The 8vo "Vild"; the 4to "Wild" (Both eds. a little

before, have "VILE monster, born of some infernal hag", and,

a few lines after, "To VILE and ignominious servitude":--the

fact is, our early writers (or rather transcribers), with

their usual inconsistency of spelling, give now the one form,

and now the other: compare the folio SHAKESPEARE, 1623,

where we sometimes find "vild" and sometimes "VILE.")--]

[Footnote 32: concise syllogisms-- Old ed. "Consissylogismes."]

[Footnote 33: cunning-- i.e. knowing, skilful.]

[Footnote 34: Agrippa-- i.e. Cornelius Agrippa.]

[Footnote 35: shadow-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "shadowes."]

[Footnote 36: spirits-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "subiects."]

[Footnote 37: Almain rutters-- See note †, p. 43.]

[Note † from p. 43. (The Second Part of Tamburlaine the


Almains, Rutters-- Rutters are properly--German troopers

(reiter, reuter). In the third speech after the present one

this line is repeated VERBATIM: but in the first scene of

our author's FAUSTUS we have,

"Like ALMAIN RUTTERS with their horsemen's staves."--]

[Footnote 38: have the-- So two of the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "in their."]

[Footnote 39: From-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "For."]

[Footnote 40: in-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 41: renowm'd-- See note ||, p. 11.]

[Note || from p. 11. (The First Part of Tamburlaine the


renowmed-- i.e. renowned.--So the 8vo.--The 4to "renowned."

--The form "RENOWMED" (Fr. RENOMME) occurs repeatedly

afterwards in this play, according to the 8vo. It is

occasionally found in writers posterior to Marlowe's

time. e.g.

"Of Constantines great towne RENOUM'D in vaine."

Verses to King James, prefixed to Lord Stirling's


[Footnote 42: Albertus'-- i.e. Albertus Magnus.--The correction of I. M.

in Gent. Mag. for Jan. 1841.--All the 4tos "Albanus."]

[Footnote 43: cunning-- i.e. skill.]

[Footnote 44: Enter two SCHOLARS-- Scene, perhaps, supposed to be before

Faustus's house, as Wagner presently says, "My master is within

at dinner."]

[Footnote 45: upon-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "vpon't."]

[Footnote 46: speak, would-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "speake, IT would."]

[Footnote 47: my dear brethren-- This repetition (not found in the later 4tos)

is perhaps an error of the original compositor.]

[Footnote 48: Enter FAUSTUS to conjure-- The scene is supposed to be a grove;

see p. 81, last line of sec. col.

[Page 81, second column, last line:

"VALDES. Then haste thee to some solitary grove,"--]

[Footnote 49: anagrammatiz'd-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "and


[Footnote 50: Th' abbreviated-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "The breuiated."]

[Footnote 51: erring-- i.e. wandering.]

[Footnote 52: surgat Mephistophilis, quod tumeraris-- The later 4tos have

"surgat Mephistophilis DRAGON, quod tumeraris."--There is a

corruption here, which seems to defy emendation. For "quod

TUMERARIS," Mr. J. Crossley, of Manchester, would read (rejecting

the word "Dragon") "quod TU MANDARES" (the construction being

"quod tu mandares ut Mephistophilis appareat et surgat"): but the

"tu" does not agree with the preceding "vos."--The Revd. J. Mitford

proposes "surgat Mephistophilis, per Dragon (or Dagon) quod NUMEN


[Footnote 53: dicatus-- So two of the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "dicatis."]

[Footnote 54: Re-enter Mephistophilis, &c.-- According to THE HISTORY OF

DR. FAUSTUS, on which this play is founded, Faustus raises

Mephistophilis in "a thicke wood neere to Wittenberg, called

in the German tongue Spisser Wolt..... Presently, not three

fathom above his head, fell a flame in manner of a lightning,

and changed itselfe into a globe..... Suddenly the globe opened,

and sprung up in the height of a man; so burning a time, in the

end it converted to the shape of a fiery man[?-- This pleasant

beast ran about the circle a great while, and, lastly, appeared

in the manner of a Gray Fryer, asking Faustus what was his

request?" Sigs. A 2, A 3, ed. 1648. Again; "After Doctor Faustus

had made his promise to the devill, in the morning betimes he

called the spirit before him, and commanded him that he should

alwayes come to him like a fryer after the order of Saint Francis,

with a bell in his hand like Saint Anthony, and to ring it once

or twice before he appeared, that he might know of his certaine

coming." Id. Sig. A 4.]

[Footnote 55: came hither-- So two of the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "came

NOW hither."]

[Footnote 56: accidens-- So two of the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "accident."]

[Footnote 57: Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it-- Compare Milton,

Par. Lost, iv. 75;

"Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell."]

[Footnote 58: these-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "those."]

[Footnote 59: Jove's-- See note ‡, p. 80. [i.e. Note 24]

: ]

[Footnote 60: four and twenty-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "24."]

[Footnote 61: resolve-- i.e. satisfy, inform.]

[Footnote 62: thorough-- So one of the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "through."]

[Footnote 63: country-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "land."]

[Footnote 64: desir'd-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "desire."]

[Footnote 65: Enter WAGNER, &c.-- Scene, a street most probably.]

[Footnote 66: pickadevaunts-- i.e. beards cut to a point.]

[Footnote 67: by'r lady-- i.e. by our Lady.]

[Footnote 68: Qui mihi discipulus-- The first words of W. Lily's


"Qui mihi discipulus, puer, es, cupis atque doceri,

Huc ades," &c.]

[Footnote 69: staves-acre-- A species of larkspur.]

[Footnote 70: vermin-- Which the seeds of staves-acre were used to destroy.]

[Footnote 71: familiars-- i.e. attendant-demons.]

[Footnote 72: their-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "my."]

[Footnote 73: slop-- i.e. wide breeches.]

[Footnote 74: vile-- Old ed. "vild." See note || p. 68.

[Note || from page 68 (The Second Part of Tamburlaine the


Vile-- The 8vo "Vild"; the 4to "Wild" (Both eds. a little

before, have "VILE monster, born of some infernal hag", and,

a few lines after, "To VILE and ignominious servitude":--the

fact is, our early writers (or rather transcribers), with

their usual inconsistency of spelling, give now the one form,

and now the other: compare the folio SHAKESPEARE, 1623,

where we sometimes find "vild" and sometimes "VILE.")]

[Footnote 75: vestigiis nostris-- All the 4tos "vestigias nostras."]

[Footnote 76: of-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 77: me-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 78: he lives-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "I liue."]

[Footnote 79: why-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 80: Solamen miseris, &c.-- An often-cited line of modern Latin

poetry: by whom it was written I know not.]

[Footnote 81: Why-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 82: torture-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "tortures."]

[Footnote 83: Faustus-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 84: Bill-- i.e. writing, deed.]

[Footnote 85: Here's fire; come, Faustus, set it on-- This would not

be intelligible without the assistance of THE HISTORY OF

DR. FAUSTUS, the sixth chapter of which is headed,--"How Doctor

Faustus set his blood in a saucer on warme ashes, and writ as

followeth." Sig. B, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 86: But what is this inscription, &c.-- "He [Faustus-- tooke

a small penknife and prickt a veine in his left hand; and for

certainty thereupon were seen on his hand these words written,

as if they had been written with blood, O HOMO, FUGE."

THE HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, Sig. B, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 87: me-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "thee."]

[Footnote 88: he desires-- Not in any of the four 4tos. In the tract

just cited, the "3d Article" stands thus,--"That Mephostophiles

should bring him any thing, and doe for him whatsoever." Sig. A 4,

ed. 1648. A later ed. adds "he desired." Marlowe, no doubt,

followed some edition of the HISTORY in which these words,

or something equivalent to them, had been omitted by mistake.

(2to 1661, which I consider as of no authority, has "he


[Footnote 89: that, &c.-- So all the 4tos, ungrammatically.]

[Footnote 90: these-- See note §, p. 80.[i.e. Note 25]

: ]

[Footnote 91: there-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 92: are-- So two of the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "is."]

[Footnote 93: fond-- i.e. foolish.]

[Footnote 94: What! walking, disputing, &c.-- The later 4tos have "What,

SLEEPING, EATING, walking, AND disputing!" But it is evident

that this speech is not given correctly in any of the old eds.]

[Footnote 95: let me have a wife, &c.-- The ninth chapter of THE HISTORY

OF DR. FAUSTUS narrates "How Doctor Faustus would have married,

and how the Devill had almost killed him for it," and concludes

as follows. "It is no jesting [said Mephistophilis-- with us:

hold thou that which thou hast vowed, and we will peforme as we

have promised; and more shall that, thou shalt have thy hearts

desire of what woman soever thou wilt, be she alive or dead,

and so long as thou wilt thou shalt keep her by thee.--These

words pleased Faustus wonderfull well, and repented himself that

he was so foolish to wish himselfe married, that might have any

woman in the whole city brought him at his command; the which

he practised and persevered in a long time." Sig. B 3, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 96: me-- Not in 4to 1604. (This line is wanting in the later 4tos.)]

[Footnote 97: no-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 98: Saba-- i.e. Sabaea--the Queen of Sheba.]

[Footnote 99: iterating-- i.e. reciting, repeating.]

[Footnote 100: And argue of divine astrology, &c.-- In THE HISTORY OF

DR. FAUSTUS, there are several tedious pages on the subject;

but our dramatist, in the dialogue which follows, has no

particular obligations to them.]

[Footnote 101: erring-- i.e. wandering.]

[Footnote 102: freshmen's-- "A Freshman, tiro, novitius." Coles's DICT.

Properly, a student during his first term at the university.]

[Footnote 103: resolve-- i.e. satisfy, inform.]

[Footnote 104: Seek to save-- Qy. "Seek THOU to save"? But see note ||,

  1. 18.]

[Note ||, from page 18 (The First Part of Tamburlaine The


Barbarous-- Qy. "O Barbarous"? in the next line but one,

"O treacherous"? and in the last line of the speech,

"O bloody"? But we occasionally find in our early dramatists

lines which are defective in the first syllable; and in some

of these instances at least it would almost seem that nothing

has been omitted by the transcriber or printer.--]


Lucifer amuses Faustus, not by calling up the Seven Deadly Sins,

but by making various devils appear before him, "one after another,

in forme as they were in hell." "First entered Beliall in forme

of a beare," &c.--"after him came Beelzebub, in curled haire of

a horseflesh colour," &c.--"then came Astaroth, in the forme of

a worme," &c. &c. During this exhibition, "Lucifer himselfe sate

in manner of a man all hairy, but of browne colour, like a

squirrell, curled, and his tayle turning upward on his backe as

the squirrels use: I think he could crack nuts too like a

squirrell." Sig. D, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 106: case-- i.e. couple.]

[Footnote 107: bevers-- i.e. refreshments between meals.]

[Footnote 108: L.-- All the 4tos "Lechery."--Here I have made the alteration

recommended by Mr. Collier in his Preface to COLERIDGE'S SEVEN


[Footnote 109: Away, to hell, to hell-- In 4to 1604, these words stand

on a line by themselves, without a prefix. (In the later 4tos,

the corresponding passage is as follows;

"------ begins with Lechery.

LUCIFER. Away to hell, away! On, piper! [Exeunt the SINS.

FAUSTUS. O, how this sight doth delight my soul!" &c.)]

[Footnote 110: I will send for thee at midnight-- In THE HISTORY OF DR.

FAUSTUS, we have a particular account of Faustus's visit

to the infernal regions, Sig. D 2, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 111: Enter CHORUS-- Old ed. "Enter WAGNER solus." That these

lines belong to the Chorus would be evident enough, even if we

had no assistance here from the later 4tos.--The parts of Wagner

and of the Chorus were most probably played by the same actor:

and hence the error.]

[Footnote 112: Learned Faustus,

To know the secrets of astronomy, &c.-- See the 21st chapter

of THE HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS,--"How Doctor Faustus was carried

through the ayre up to the heavens, to see the whole world,

and how the sky and planets ruled," &c.]

[Footnote 113: Enter FAUSTUS and MEPHISTOPHILIS-- Scene, the Pope's


[Footnote 114: Trier-- i.e. Treves or Triers.]

[Footnote 115: From Paris next, &c.-- This description is from THE HISTORY

OF DR. FAUSTUS; "He came from Paris to Mentz, where the river

of Maine falls into the Rhine: notwithstanding he tarried not

long there, but went into Campania, in the kingdome of Neapol,

in which he saw an innumerable sort of cloysters, nunries, and

churches, and great houses of stone, the streets faire and large,

and straight forth from one end of the towne to the other as a

line; and all the pavement of the city was of bricke, and the

more it rained into the towne, the fairer the streets were:

there saw he the tombe of Virgill, and the highway that he cu[t]

through the mighty hill of stone in one night, the whole length

of an English mile," &c. Sig. E 2, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 116: The way he cut, &c.-- During the middle ages Virgil was

regarded as a great magician, and much was written concerning

his exploits in that capacity. The LYFE OF VIRGILIUS, however,

(see Thoms's EARLY PROSE ROMANCES, vol. ii.,) makes no mention

of the feat in question. But Petrarch speaks of it as follows.

"Non longe a Puteolis Falernus collis attollitur, famoso palmite

nobilis. Inter Falernum et mare mons est saxeus, hominum manibus

confossus, quod vulgus insulsum a Virgilio magicis cantaminibus

factum putant: ita clarorum fama hominum, non veris contenta

laudibus, saepe etiam fabulis viam facit. De quo cum me olim

Robertus regno clarus, sed praeclarus ingenio ac literis, quid

sentirem, multis astantibus, percunctatus esset, humanitate fretus

regia, qua non reges modo sed homines vicit, jocans nusquam me

legisse magicarium fuisse Virgilium respondi: quod ille severissimae

nutu frontis approbans, non illic magici sed ferri vestigia

confessus est. Sunt autem fauces excavati montis angustae sed

longissimae atque atrae: tenebrosa inter horrifica semper nox:

publicum iter in medio, mirum et religioni proximum, belli quoque

immolatum temporibus, sic vero populi vox est, et nullis unquam

latrociniis attentatum, patet: Criptam Neapolitanam dicunt, cujus

et in epistolis ad Lucilium Seneca mentionem fecit. Sub finem fusci

tramitis, ubi primo videri coelum incipit, in aggere edito, ipsius

Virgilii busta visuntur, pervetusti operis, unde haec forsan ab

illo perforati montis fluxit opinio." ITINERARIUM SYRIACUM,--OPP.

  1. 560, ed. Bas.]

[Footnote 117: From thence to Venice, Padua, and the rest,

In one of which a sumptuous temple stands, &c.-- So the

later 4tos.--2to 1604 "In MIDST of which," &c.--THE HISTORY

OF DR. FAUSTUS shews WHAT "sumptuous temple" is meant: "From

thence he came to Venice....He wondred not a little at the

fairenesse of S. Marks Place, and the sumptuous church standing

thereon, called S. Marke, how all the pavement was set with

coloured stones, and all the rood or loft of the church double

gilded over." Sig. E 2, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 118: Just through the midst, &c.-- This and the next line are

not in 4to 1604. I have inserted them from the later 4tos, as

being absolutely necessary for the sense.]

[Footnote 119: Ponte-- All the 4tos "Ponto."]

[Footnote 120: of-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 121: Then charm me, that I, &c.-- A corrupted passage.--Compare

THE HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, Sig. E 3, ed. 1648; where, however,

the Cardinal, whom the Pope entertains, is called the Cardinal

of PAVIA.]

[Footnote 122: Sonnet-- Variously written, SENNET, SIGNET, SIGNATE, &c.--A

particular set of notes on the trumpet, or cornet, different from

a flourish. See Nares's GLOSS. in V. SENNET.]

[Footnote 123: Enter ROBIN, &c.-- Scene, near an inn.]

[Footnote 124: ippocras-- Or HIPPOCRAS,--a medicated drink composed of wine

(usually red) with spices and sugar. It is generally supposed to

have been so called from HIPPOCRATES (contracted by our earliest

writers to HIPPOCRAS); perhaps because it was strained,--the woollen

bag used by apothecaries to strain syrups and decoctions for

clarification being termed HIPPOCRATES' SLEEVE.]

[Footnote 125: tabern-- i.e. tavern.]

[Footnote 126: [Exeunt.

Enter ROBIN and RALPH, &c.-- A scene is evidently wanting

after the Exeunt of Robin and Ralph.]

[Footnote 127: purchase-- i.e. booty--gain, acquisition.]

[Footnote 128: Drawer-- There is an inconsistency here: the Vintner

cannot properly be addressed as "Drawer." The later 4tos are

also inconsistent in the corresponding passage: Dick says, "THE

VINTNER'S BOY follows us at the hard heels," and immediately

the "VINTNER" enters.]

[Footnote 129: tone-- i.e. the one.]

[Footnote 130: MEPHIST-- Monarch of hell, &c.-- Old ed. thus:--]

"MEPHIST. Vanish vilaines, th' one like an Ape, an other like

a Beare, the third an Asse, for doing this enterprise.

Monarch of hell, vnder whose blacke suruey," &c.

What follows, shews that the words which I have omitted ought

to have no place in the text; nor is there any thing equivalent

to them in the corresponding passage of the play as given in

the later 4tos.]

[Footnote 131: Enter EMPEROR, &c.-- Scene--An apartment in the Emperor's

Palace. According to THE HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, the Emperor

"was personally, with the rest of the nobles and gentlemen, at

the towne of Inzbrack, where he kept his court." Sig. G, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 132: Master Doctor Faustus, &c-- The greater part of this scene

is closely borrowed from the history just cited: e.g. "Faustus,

I have heard much of thee, that thou art excellent in the black art,

and none like thee in mine empire; for men say that thou hast a

familiar spirit with thee, and that thou canst doe what thou list;

it is therefore (said the Emperor) my request of thee, that thou

let me see a proofe of thy experience: and I vow unto thee, by

the honour of my emperiall crowne, none evill shall happen unto

thee for so doing," &c. Ibid.]

[Footnote 133: won-- May be right: but qy. "done"?]

[Footnote 134: As we that do succeed, &c.-- A corrupted passage (not found

in the later 4tos).]

[Footnote 135: The bright, &c.-- See note ||, p. 18.]

[Note ||, from page 18 (The First Part of Tamburlaine The


Barbarous-- Qy. "O Barbarous"? in the next line but one,

"O treacherous"? and in the last line of the speech,

"O bloody"? But we occasionally find in our early dramatists

lines which are defective in the first syllable; and in

some of these instances at least it would almost seem that

nothing has been omitted by the transcriber or printer.--]

[Footnote 136: But, if it like your grace, it is not in my ability, &c.]

"D. Faustus answered, My most excellent lord, I am ready to

accomplish your request in all things, so farre forth as I and

my spirit are able to performe: yet your majesty shall know that

their dead bodies are not able substantially to be brought before

you; but such spirits as have seene Alexander and his Paramour

alive shall appeare unto you, in manner and form as they both

lived in their most flourishing time; and herewith I hope to

please your Imperiall Majesty. Then Faustus went a little aside

to speake to his spirit; but he returned againe presently, saying,

Now, if it please your Majesty, you shall see them; yet, upon this

condition, that you demand no question of them, nor speake unto

them; which the Emperor agreed unto. Wherewith Doctor Faustus opened

the privy-chamber doore, where presently entered the great and mighty

emperor Alexander Magnus, in all things to looke upon as if he

had beene alive; in proportion, a strong set thicke man, of a

middle stature, blacke haire, and that both thicke and curled,

head and beard, red cheekes, and a broad face, with eyes like

a basiliske; he had a compleat harnesse (i.e. suit of armour)

burnished and graven, exceeding rich to look upon: and so,

passing towards the Emperor Carolus, he made low and reverend

courtesie: whereat the Emperour Carolus would have stood up to

receive and greet him with the like reverence; but Faustus tooke

hold on him, and would not permit him to doe it. Shortly after,

Alexander made humble reverence, and went out againe; and comming

to the doore, his paramour met him. She comming in made the Emperour

likewise reverence: she was cloathed in blew velvet, wrought and

imbroidered with pearls and gold; she was also excellent faire,

like milke and blood mixed, tall and slender, with a face round

as an apple. And thus passed [she-- certaine times up and downe

the house; which the Emperor marking, said to himselfe, Now have

I seene two persons which my heart hath long wished to behold;

and sure it cannot otherwise be (said he to himselfe) but that

the spirits have changed themselves into these formes, and have

but deceived me, calling to minde the woman that raised the prophet

Samuel: and for that the Emperor would be the more satisfied in

the matter, he said, I have often heard that behind, in her neck,

she had a great wart or wen; wherefore he tooke Faustus by the

hand without any words, and went to see if it were also to be

seene on her or not; but she, perceiving that he came to her,

bowed downe her neck, when he saw a great wart; and hereupon she

vanished, leaving the Emperor and the rest well contented."

THE HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, Sig. G, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 137: both-- Old ed. "best."]

[Footnote 138: Mephistophilis, transform him straight-- According to THE

HISTORY OF DR. FAUSTUS, the knight was not present during Faustus's

"conference" with the Emperor; nor did he offer the doctor any

insult by doubting his skill in magic. We are there told that

Faustus happening to see the knight asleep, "leaning out of a

window of the great hall," fixed a huge pair of hart's horns on

his head; "and, as the knight awaked, thinking to pull in his head,

he hit his hornes against the glasse, that the panes thereof flew

about his eares: thinke here how this good gentleman was vexed,

for he could neither get backward nor forward." After the emperor

and the courtiers, to their great amusement, had beheld the poor

knight in this condition, Faustus removed the horns. When Faustus,

having taken leave of the emperor, was a league and a half from

the city, he was attacked in a wood by the knight and some of his

companions: they were in armour, and mounted on fair palfreys;

but the doctor quickly overcame them by turning all the bushes

into horsemen, and "so charmed them, that every one, knight and

other, for the space of a whole moneth, did weare a paire of

goates hornes on their browes, and every palfry a paire of oxe

hornes on his head; and this was their penance appointed by

Faustus." A second attempt of the knight to revenge himself on

Faustus proved equally unsuccessful. Sigs. G 2, I 3, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 139: FAUSTUS. Now Mephistophilis, &c.-- Here the scene is supposed

to be changed to the "fair and pleasant green" which Faustus

presently mentions.]

[Footnote 140: Horse-courser-- i.e. Horse-dealer.--We are now to suppose the

scene to be near the home of Faustus, and presently that it is the

interior of his house, for he falls asleep in his chair.--"How

Doctor Faustus deceived a Horse-courser" is related in a short

chapter (the 34th) of THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS: "After this

manner he served a horse-courser at a faire called Pheiffering," &c.]

[Footnote 141: for forty-- Qy. "for TWICE forty DOLLARS"?]

[Footnote 142: into-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "vnto."]

[Footnote 143: Doctor Lopus-- i.e. Doctor Lopez, domestic physician

to Queen Elizabeth, who was put to death for having received

a bribe from the court of Spain to destroy her. He is frequently

mentioned in our early dramas: see my note on Middleton's WORKS,

  1. 384.]

[Footnote 144: know of-- The old ed. has "KNOWNE of"; which perhaps is right,

meaning--acquainted with.]

[Footnote 145: hey-pass-- Equivalent to--juggler.]

[Footnote 146: ostry-- i.e. inn,--lodging.]

[Footnote 147: cunning-- i.e. skill.]

[Footnote 148: [Exeunt.

Enter the DUKE OF VANHOLT, the DUCHESS, and FAUSTUS-- Old ed.;


Enter to them the DUKE, the DUTCHESS, the DUKE speakes."

In the later 4tos a scene intervenes between the "Exeunt" of

Faustus, Mephistophilis, and Wagner, and the entrance of the Duke

of Vanholt, &c.--We are to suppose that Faustus is now at the court

of the Duke of Vanholt: this is plain, not only from the later 4tos,

--in which Wagner tells Faustus that the Duke "hath sent some of

his men to attend him, with provision fit for his journey,"--but

from THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS, the subjoined portion of which

is closely followed in the present scene. "Chap. xxxix. HOW DOCTOR


Doctor Faustus on a time went to the Duke of Anholt, who welcommed

him very courteously; this was the moneth of January; where sitting

at the table, he perceived the dutchess to be with child; and

forbearing himselfe untill the meat was taken from the table,

and that they brought in the banqueting dishes [i.e. the dessert--,

Doctor Faustus said to the dutchesse, Gratious lady, I have alwayes

heard that great-bellied women doe alwayes long for some dainties;

I beseech therefore your grace, hide not your minde from me, but

tell me what you desire to eat. She answered him, Doctor Faustus,

now truly I will not hide from you what my heart doth most desire;

namely, that, if it were now harvest, I would eat my bellyfull of

grapes and other dainty fruit. Doctor Faustus answered hereupon,

Gracious lady, this is a small thing for me to doe, for I can doe

more than this. Wherefore he tooke a plate, and set open one of

the casements of the window, holding it forth; where incontinent

he had his dish full of all manner of fruit, as red and white

grapes, peares, and apples, the which came from out of strange

countries: all these he presented the dutchesse, saying, Madam,

I pray you vouchsafe to taste of this dainty fruit, the which

came from a farre countrey, for there the summer is not yet ended.

The dutchesse thanked Faustus highly, and she fell to her fruit

with full appetite. The Duke of Anholt notwithstanding could not

withhold to ask Faustus with what reason there were such young

fruit to be had at that time of the yeare. Doctor Faustus told

him, May it please your grace to understand that the year is

divided into two circles of the whole world, that when with us it

is winter, in the contrary circle it is notwithstanding summer;

for in India and Saba there falleth or setteth the sunne, so that

it is so warm that they have twice a yeare fruit; and, gracious

lord, I have a swift spirit, the which can in the twinkling of

an eye fulfill my desire in any thing; wherefore I sent him into

those countries, who hath brought this fruit as you see: whereat

the duke was in great admiration."]

[Footnote 149: Saba-- i.e. Sabaea.]

[Footnote 150: beholding-- i.e. beholden.]

[Footnote 151: Enter WAGNER-- Scene, a room in the house of Faustus.]

[Footnote 152: he hath given to me all his goods-- Compare chap. lvi. of

THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS,--"How Doctor Faustus made his will,

in which he named his servant Wagner to be his heire."]

[Footnote 153: HELEN passeth over the stage-- In THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR

FAUSTUS we have the following description of Helen. "This lady

appeared before them in a most rich gowne of purple velvet, costly

imbrodered; her haire hanged downe loose, as faire as the beaten

gold, and of such length that it reached downe to her hammes;

having most amorous cole-black eyes, a sweet and pleasant round

face, with lips as red as a cherry; her cheekes of a rose colour,

her mouth small, her neck white like a swan; tall and slender of

personage; in summe, there was no imperfect place in her: she

looked round about with a rolling hawkes eye, a smiling and

wanton countenance, which neere-hand inflamed the hearts of all

the students; but that they perswaded themselves she was a spirit,

which made them lightly passe away such fancies." Sig. H 4, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 154: Enter an OLD MAN-- See chap. xlviii of THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR

FAUSTUS,--"How an old man, the neighbour of Faustus, sought to

perswade him to amend his evil life and to fall into repentance,"

--according to which history, the Old Man's exhortation is delivered

at his own house, whither he had invited Faustus to supper.]

[Footnote 155: vild-- Old ed. "vild." See note ||, p. 68.

[Note || from page 68 (The Second Part of Tamburlaine the


Vile-- The 8vo "Vild"; the 4to "Wild" (Both eds. a little

before, have "VILE monster, born of some infernal hag", and,

a few lines after, "To VILE and ignominious servitude":--the

fact is, our early writers (or rather transcribers), with

their usual inconsistency of spelling, give now the one form,

and now the other: compare the folio SHAKESPEARE, 1623,

where we sometimes find "vild" and sometimes "VILE.")--]

[Footnote 156: sin-- Old ed. "sinnes" (This is not in the later 4tos).]

[Footnote 157: almost-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 158: now-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 159: MEPHIST. Do it, then, quickly, &c.-- After this speech,

most probably, there ought to be a stage-direction, "FAUSTUS


THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS, chap. xlix,--"How Doctor Faustus

wrote the second time with his owne blood, and gave it to the


[Footnote 160: One thing, good servant, &c.-- "To the end that this miserable

Faustus might fill the lust of his flesh and live in all manner

of voluptuous pleasure, it came in his mind, after he had slept

his first sleepe, and in the 23 year past of his time, that he

had a great desire to lye with faire Helena of Greece, especially

her whom he had seen and shewed unto the students at Wittenberg:

wherefore he called unto his spirit Mephostophiles, commanding him

to bring to him the faire Helena; which he also did. Whereupon he

fell in love with her, and made her his common concubine and

bed-fellow; for she was so beautifull and delightfull a peece,

that he could not be one houre from her, if he should therefore

have suffered death, she had so stoln away his heart: and, to

his seeming, in time she was with childe, whom Faustus named

Justus Faustus. The childe told Doctor Faustus many things which

were don in forraign countrys; but in the end, when Faustus lost

his life, the mother and the childe vanished away both together."


[Footnote 161: Those-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "These."]

[Footnote 162: Faustus, this-- Qy. "This, Faustus"?]

[Footnote 163: topless-- i.e. not exceeded in height by any.]

[Footnote 164: is-- So the later 4tos.--2to 1604 "be."]

[Footnote 165: shalt-- So all the 4tos; and so I believe Marlowe wrote,

though the grammar requires "shall."]

[Footnote 166: Enter the OLD MAN-- Scene, a room in the Old Man's house.

--In THE HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS the Old Man makes himself very

merry with the attempts of the evil powers to hurt him. "About

two dayes after that he had exhorted Faustus, as the poore man

lay in his bed, suddenly there was a mighty rumbling in the

chamber, the which he was never wont to heare, and he heard as

it had beene the groaning of a sow, which lasted long: whereupon

the good old man began to jest and mocke, and said, Oh, what a

barbarian cry is this? Oh faire bird, what foul musicke is this?

A[h--, faire angell, that could not tarry two dayes in his place!

beginnest thou now to runne into a poore mans house, where thou

hast no power, and wert not able to keepe thy owne two dayes?

With these and such like words the spirit departed," &c.

Sig. I 2, ed. 1648.]

[Footnote 167: Enter Faustus, &c.-- Scene, a room in the house of Faustus.]

[Footnote 168: cunning-- i.e. knowledge, skill.]

[Footnote 169: Why did not Faustus tell us of this before, &c.-- "Wherefore

one of them said unto him, Ah, friend Faustus, what have you done

to conceale this matter so long from us? We would, by the helpe

of good divines and the grace of God, have brought you out of this

net, and have torne you out of the bondage and chaines of Satan;

whereas now we feare it is too late, to the utter ruine both of

your body and soule. Doctor Faustus answered, I durst never doe

it, although I often minded to settle my life [myself?-- to godly

people to desire counsell and helpe; and once mine old neighbour

counselled me that I should follow his learning and leave all my

conjurations: yet, when I was minded to amend and to follow that

good mans counsell, then came the Devill and would have had me

away, as this night he is like to doe, and said, so soone as I

turned againe to God, he would dispatch me altogether." THE


[Footnote 170: save-- So the later 4tos.--Not in 4to 1604.]

[Footnote 171: and what noise soever ye hear, &c.-- "Lastly, to knit up

my troubled oration, this is my friendly request, that you would

go to rest, and let nothing trouble you; also, if you chance heare

any noyse or rumbling about the house, be not therewith afraid,

for there shall no evill happen unto you," &c. THE HISTORY OF

DOCTOR FAUSTUS, ubi supra.]

[Footnote 172: O lente, &c.

"At si, quem malles, Cephalum complexa teneres,


Ovid,--AMOR. i. xiii. 39.]

[Footnote 173: That, when you, &c.-- So all the old eds.; and it is certain

that awkward changes of person are sometimes found in passages

of our early poets: but qy.,

"That, when THEY vomit forth into the air,

My limbs may issue from THEIR smoky mouths," &c.?]

[Footnote 174: and I be chang'd

Unto some brutish beast-- "Now, thou Faustus, damned wretch,

how happy wert thou, if, as an unreasonable beast, thou mightest

dye without [a-- soule! so shouldst thou not feele any more doubts,"



his "miserable and lamentable end" is described as follows: it

took place, we are informed, at "the village called Rimlich,

halfe a mile from Wittenberg."--"The students and the other that

were there, when they had prayed for him, they wept, and so went

forth; but Faustus tarried in the hall; and when the gentlemen

were laid in bed, none of them could sleepe, for that they att[e--nded

to heare if they might be privy of his end. It happened that

betweene twelve and one a clocke at midnight, there blew a mighty

storme of winde against the house, as though it would have blowne

the foundation thereof out of his place. Hereupon the students

began to feare and goe out of their beds, comforting one another;

but they would not stirre out of the chamber; and the host of

the house ran out of doores, thinking the house would fall. The

students lay neere unto the hall wherein Doctor Faustus lay, and

they heard a mighty noyse and hissing, as if the hall had beene

full of snakes and adders. With that, the hall-doore flew open,

wherein Doctor Faustus was, that he began to cry for helpe,

saying, Murther, murther! but it came forth with halfe a voyce,

hollowly: shortly after, they heard him no more. But when it was

day, the students, that had taken no rest that night, arose and

went into the hall, in the which they left Doctor Faustus; where

notwithstanding they found not Faustus, but all the hall lay

sprinkled with blood, his braines cleaving to the wall, for the

devill had beaten him from one wall against another; in one corner

lay his eyes, in another his teeth; a pittifull and fearefull

sight to behold. Then began the students to waile and weepe for

him, and sought for his body in many places. Lastly, they came

into the yard, where they found his body lying on the horse-dung,

most monstrously torne and fearefull to behold, for his head and

all his joynts were dashed in peeces. The fore-named students and

masters that were at his death, have obtained so much, that they

buried him in the village where he was so grievously tormented.

After the which they returned to Wittenberg; and comming into the

house of Faustus, they found the servant of Faustus very sad,

unto whom they opened all the matter, who tooke it exceeding

heavily. There found they also this history of Doctor Faustus

noted and of him written, as is before declared, all save only

his end, the which was after by the students thereto annexed;

further, what his servant had noted thereof, was made in another

booke. And you have heard that he held by him in his life the

spirit of faire Helena, the which had by him one sonne, the which

he named Justus Faustus: even the same day of his death they

vanished away, both mother and sonne. The house before was so

darke that scarce any body could abide therein. The same night

Doctor Faustus appeared unto his servant lively, and shewed unto

him many secret things, the which he had done and hidden in his

lifetime. Likewise there were certaine which saw Doctor Faustus

looke out of the window by night, as they passed by the house."

Sig. K 3, ed. 1648.]

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