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TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS
FROM THE QUARTO OF 1604.
Chorus. Not marching now in fields of Thrasy
Where Mars did mate* the Carthaginians;
Only this, gentlemen,- -we must perform
The fruitful plot of scholarism grac'd,
Till swoln with cunning, of a self-conceit,
And glutted now with learning's golden gifts,
*mate] i. e. confound, defeat.
+ vaunt] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "daunt." ther] All the 4tos "his."
§ Whereas] i. e. where.
cunning] i. e. knowledge.
now] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "more."
When all is done, divinity is best:
All things that move between the quiet poles
But his dominion that exceeds in this,
* Couldst] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "Wouldst."
§ &c.] So two of the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604.
** Too servile] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "The deuill."
tt 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 serà pronta." C. xviii. st. 67. tt scenes] "And sooner may a gulling weather-spie By drawing forth heavens Sceanes tell certainly," &c.
Donne's First Satyre,-p. 327, ed. 1633.
$$ tire] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "trie."
Wagner, commend me to my dearest friends,
[Exit. Faust. Their conference will be a greater help
Than all my labours, plod I ne'er so fast.
Enter Good Angel and Evil Angel.
G. Ang. O, Faustus, lay that damnèd book aside,
And gaze not on it, lest it tempt thy soul,
E. Ang. Go forward, Faustus, in that famous
Wherein all Nature's treasure† is contain'd:
Commend me to my dearest friends," &c. + treasure] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "treasury." Jove] So again, p. 84, first col.,
"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.
these elements] So again, "Within the bowels of these elements," &c, p. 87, first col,-"these" being equiva lent to the. (Not unfrequently in our old writers these is little more than redundant.)
Resolve] i. e. satisfy, inform.
silk] All the 4tos "skill" (and so the modern editors !).
Wherewith the students shall be bravely clad;
Enter VALDES and CORNELIUS.
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
*the] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "our."
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 obles lord of Billy, and the Seignior of Torchies, beather vnto the Seignior of Bours, with many others, peare presently slaine; which were torne in pieces, and sed abroad, both vpon the land and vpon the "After Grimeston's Generall Historie of the Netherlands, devill, itd. 1609.
"alone"? (This line is not in the later
" but see note 1, p. 68.-(This "Consissylogismes."
to him like a
a bell in his
And made the flowering pride of Wertenberg
Shall make all nations to canònize us.
As Indian Moors obey their Spanish lords,
So shall the spirits § of every element
Or Lapland giants, trotting by our sides;
From ** Venice shall they drag huge argosies,
Faust. Valdes, as resolute am I in this As thou to live therefore object it not.
Corn. The miracles that magic will perform Will make thee vow to study nothing else. He that is grounded in astrology,
Enrich'd with tongues, well seen in ++ minerals,
Faust. 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.
Vald. Then haste thee to some solitary grove,
* cunning] i. e. knowing, skilful.
↑ Agrippa] i. e. Cornelius Agrippa.
shadow] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "shadowes."
§ spirits] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "subiects." || Almain rutters] See note t, p. 43.
I have the] So two of the later 4tos.-2to 1604 “in their."
**From] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "For." tt in] So the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604. It renowm'd] See note I, p. 11.
And bear wise Bacon's and Albertus'* works,
We will inform thee ere our conference cease.
And then, all other ceremonies learn'd,
Vald. First I'll instruct thee in the rudi-
And then wilt thou be perfecter than I.
Faust. Then come and dine with me, and, dear brethren, my dear brethren !+
We'll canvass every quiddity thereof;
Enter two Scholars.
First Schol. I wonder what's become of Faustus, that was wont to make our schools ring with sic probo.
Sec. Schol. That shall we know, for see, here comes his boy.
First Schol. How now, sirrah! where's thy master?
Wag. God in heaven knows.
Sec. Schol. Why, dost not thou know?
Wag. Yes, I know; but that follows not. First Schol. Go to, sirrah! leave your jesting, and tell us where he is.
Wag. That follows not necessary by force of argument, that you, being licentiates, should stand upon: § therefore acknowledge your error, and be attentive.
Sec. Schol. Why, didst thou not say thou knewest?
Wag. Have you any witness on't?
Wag. Ask my fellow if I be a thief.
Wag. Yes, sir, I will tell you: yet, if you were not dunces, you would never ask me such a question; for is not he corpus naturale? and is not that mobile? then wherefore should you ask me such a question? But that I am by nature
* Albertus'] i. e. Albertus Magnus.-The correction of I. M. in Gent. Mag. for Jan. 1841.-All the 4tos "Albanus."
t cunning] i. e. skill.
Enter two Scholars] Scene, perhaps, supposed to be before Faustus's house, as Wagner presently says, "My master is within at dinner."
§ upon] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "vpon't."
phlegmatic, slow to wrath, and prone to lechery
First Schol. Nay, then, I fear he is fallen into that damned art for which they two are infamous through the world.
Sec. Schol. Were he a stranger, and not allied to me, yet should I grieve for him. But, come, let us go and inform the Rector, and see if he by his grave counsel can reclaim him.
First Schol. O, but I fear me nothing can
Sec. Schol. Yet let us try what we can do.
Enter FAUSTUS to conjure.
Faust. Now that the gloomy shadow of the
Longing to view Orion's drizzling look,
Seeing thou hast pray'd and sacrific'd to them.
Within this circle is Jehovah's name,
speak, would] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 "speake, it would."
my dear brethren] This repetition (not found in the later 4tos) is perhaps an error of the original compc1, for. 1 Enter Faustus to conjure] The scene is suppose there a grove; see p. 81, last line of sec. col. quiv 5, € § anagrammatiz'd] So the later 4tos.-2 16′ these only} Agramithist." .) Th' abbreviated] So the late vile] Old ed. breuiated." (and so the moderiis not in the 1 concise syllogis.
¶erring] i. e. wandering,