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Text of Doctor Faustus in Old English Plays, vol.
i, 1814 (ed. C. W. Dilke).

G. Robinson's edition of Marlowe, 1826.
Dyce's first edition of Marlowe, 1850.

Dyce's revised edition of Marlowe, 1858, etc.
Cunningham's edition of Marlowe, 1870, etc.
W. Wagner's edition of Doctor Faustus, 1877.
Ward's edition of Doctor Faustus, 1878, etc.
Bullen's edition of Marlowe, 1885.

1887, etc.

edition of Marlowe's best plays,

Breymann's edition of Doctor Faustus, 1889.

'Temple Dramatists' edition of Doctor Faustus, 1897.
The present editor.

J. H. A. in Jahrbuch f. rom. u. engl. Lit., 1876, 369 ff.
H. T. B. in Modern Language Notes, xxi. 86, 87.
C. B. in Anglia, Beiblatt 1905, 208.

Brereton J. Le G. B.

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J. B.'s MS. notes in copy of Rob. B.M. 11771 d.
Ă. S. C. in Modern Language Notes, xxi. 145-7.
J. C., quoted by Dyce.

H. D. in Anglia, i. 44-54.

E. K.'s conjectures, quoted by Brey.

H. L., Faustus Notes, 1898.

J. M. in Gentleman's Magazine, Jan., 1841.

K. J. S. in Anglia, v. 134-6.

O. W. T. in Notes and Queries, 5th Series, xi. 324, 325.

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Scholars, Cardinals,

Rheims, Bishops,
Monks, Friars,
Soldiers, and At-



Spirits in the shapes of Alexander the Great, of his paramour, of Darius, and of Helen. CHORUS.> 2

The tragicall Historie of Doctor Faustus

Enter Chorus.

(Chor.) Not marching now in fields of Thracimene, Where Mars did mate the Carthaginians,

Nor sporting in the dalliance of loue,

In courts of Kings where state is ouerturnd,
Nor in the pompe of prowd audacious deedes,
Intends our Muse to daunt his heauenly verse:
Onely this (Gentlemen) we must performe,
The forme of Faustus fortunes good or bad.
To patient Iudgements we appeale our plaude,
And speake for Faustus in his infancie:
Now is he borne, his parents base of stocke,
In Germany, within a towne calld Rhodes:
Of riper yeeres to Wertenberg he went,
Whereas his kinsmen chiefly brought him vp.
So soone hee profites in Diuinitie,

The fruitfull plot of Scholerisme grac't,
That shortly he was grac't with Doctors name,
Excelling all, whose sweete delight disputes
In heauenly matters of Theologie,

Till swolne with cunning, of a selfe conceit,
His waxen wings did mount aboue his reach,
And melting heauens conspirde his ouerthrow.
For falling to a diuelish exercise,

And glutted now with learnings golden gifts,

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The tragicall History of Doctor Faustus

He surffets vpon cursed Negromancy.
Nothing so sweete as magicke is to him
Which he preferres before his chiefest blisse,
And this the man that in his study sits.

Enter Faustus in his Study.

Faustus. Settle thy studies Faustus, and beginne




To sound the deapth of that thou wilt professe :
Hauing commencde, be a Diuine in shew,


Yet leuell at the end of euery Art,

And liue and die in Aristotles workes :

Sweete Analutikes tis thou hast rauisht me,
Bene disserere est finis logices,


Is to dispute well, Logickes chiefest end,

Affoords this Art no greater myracle ?

Then reade no more, thou hast attaind the end:

A greater subiect fitteth Faustus wit,

Bid on cai me on farewell, Galen come :


Seeing, vbi desinit philosophus, ibi incipit medicus.
Be a physition Faustus, heape vp golde,
And be eternizde for some wondrous cure.
'Summum bonum medicinæ sanitas,
The end of physicke is our bodies health:
Why Faustus, hast thou not attaind that end?
Is not thy common talke sound Aphorismes ?
Are not thy billes hung vp as monuments,
Whereby whole Citties haue escapt the plague,
And thousand desprate maladies beene easde,
Yet art thou still but Faustus, and a man.
Wouldst thou make man to liue eternally?
Or being dead, raise them to life againe ?
Then this profession were to be esteemd.
Physicke farewell, where is Iustinian ?
Si vna eademque) res legatur duobus,
Alter rem, alter valorem rei, &c.
A pretty case of paltry legacies:




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Exhaereditare filium non potest pater nisi:
Such is the subiect of the institute

And vniuersall body of the law :
His study fittes a mercenary drudge,

Who aimes at nothing but externall trash,

Too seruile and illiberall for me:

When all is done, Diuinitie is best.

Ieromes Bible, Faustus, view it well.

Stipendium peccati mors est: ha, Stipendium, &c.
The reward of sinne is death: thats hard.



Si peccasse negamus, fallimur, & nulla est in nobis veritas.
If we say that we haue no sinne,

We deceiue our selues, and theres no truth in vs.
Why then belike

We must sinne, and so consequently die.

I, we must die an euerlasting death:

What doctrine call you this, Che sera, sera,
What wil be, shall be? Diuinitie, adieu,
These Metaphisickes of Magicians,

And Negromantike bookes are heauenly:
Lines, circles, sceanes, letters and characters:

I, these are those that Faustus most desires.
O what a world of profit and delight,
Of power, of honor, of omnipotence
Is promised to the studious Artizan ?

All things that mooue betweene the quiet poles
Shalbe at my commaund, Emperours and Kings
Are but obeyd in their seuerall prouinces :

Nor can they raise the winde, or rend the cloudes:
But his dominion that exceedes in this,
Stretcheth as farre as doth the minde of man.
A sound Magician is a mighty god :

Heere Faustus trie thy braines to gaine a deitie.

Enter Wagner.

Wagner, commend me to my deerest friends,






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