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More lovely than the monarch of the sky
And none but thou shalt* be my paramour!
Enter the Old Man. †
Old Man. Accursèd 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:
[Exeunt,-on one side, Devils, on the other, Old Man. XIV
Enter FAUSTUS, with Scholars.
Faust. Ah, gentlemen!
First Schol. What ails Faustus?
Faust. 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
Sec. Schol. What means Faustus?
Third Schol. Belike he is grown into some sickness by being over-solitary.
First Schol. If it be so, we'll have physicians to cure him. 'Tis but a surfeit; never fear, man.
Faust. A surfeit of deadly sin, that hath damned both body and soul.
Sec. Schol. Yet, Faustus, look up to heaven; remember God's mercies are infinite.
Faust. But Faustus' offence can ne'er be
shalt] So all the 4tos; and so I believe Marlowe wrote, though the grammar requires "shall."
+ 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 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 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.
Enter Faustus, &c.] Scene, a room in the house of Faustus.
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 Schol. Yet, Faustus, call on God.
Faust. 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? Faust. Lucifer and Mephistophilis. Ah, gentlemen, I gave them my soul for my cunning!*
All. God forbid !
Faust. 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 Schol. Why did not Faustus tell us of this before, that divines might have prayed for thee?
Faust. Oft have I thought to have done so; but the devil threatened to tear me in pieces, if
cunning] i. e. knowledge, skill.
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 History of Doctor Faustus, Sig. K 3, ed. 1648.
I named God, to fetch both body and soul, if I
Where is it now? 'tis gone: and see, where God
Sec. Schol. O, what shall we do to save
Faust. Talk not of me, but save yourselves, Then will I headlong run into the earth: and depart.
Third Schol. God will strengthen me; I will stay with Faustus.
Earth, gape! O, no, it will not harbour me!
If thou wilt not have mercy on my soul,
Yet for Christ's sake, whose blood hath ransom'd
First Schol. Tempt not God, sweet friend; but let us into the next room, and there pray for him.
Faust. Ay, pray for me, pray for me; and what noise soever ye hear,+ come not unto me, for nothing can rescue me.
Sec. Schol. Pray thou, and we will pray that God may have mercy upon thee.
Faust. 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.
Impose some end to my incessant pain;
Their souls are soon dissolv'd in elements;
The stars move still, time runs, the clock will
The devil will come, and Faustus must be That hath depriv'd thee of the joys of heaven. damn'd.
[The clock strikes twelve. O, it strikes, it strikes! Now, body, turn to air, Or Lucifer will bear thee quick to hell!
O, I'll leap up to my God!-Who pulls me down?
[Thunder and lightning. O soul, be chang'd into little water-drops, And fall into the ocean, ne'er be found!
See, see, where Christ's blood streams in the firmament!
One drop would save my soul, half a drop: ab, my Christ!
Ah, rend not my heart for naming of my Christ!
save] So the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604.
✦ 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.
O lente, &c.] "At si, quem malles, Cephalum complexa teneres, Clamares, Lente currite, noctis equi."
Ovid,-Amor. i. xiii. 39.
* 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.? t 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," &c. The History of Doctor Faustus, Sig. K. ed. 1648.
Adders and serpents, let me breathe a while!
* Exeunt Devils with Faustus] In The History of Doctor Faustus, 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 ned 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 notwith
standing they found not Faustus, but all the hall lay sprinkled with blood, his braines cleaving to the wall, for the devil 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 begau 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 feareful to
Chor. Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight,
And burned is Apollo's laurel-bough,
That sometime grew within this learned man.
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 awav, 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.
The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Written by Ch. Mar. London, Printed for John Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, at the signe of the Bible, 1616, 4to.
The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Favstus. With new Additions. at London for John Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, 1624, 4to.
The Tragicall Historie of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. With new Additions. at London for John Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, 1631, 4to.
Written by Ch. Mar. Printed
Written by Ch. Mar. Printed
In a few places I have amended the text of this play by means of 4to 1604.-I have made no use of the comparatively modern edition, 4to 1663.