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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 provinces ;
Yea, stranger engines for the brunt of war, ,
Than was the fiery keel at Antwerp's bridget,
I'll make my servile spirits to invent.

the] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 “our.” the fiery keel at Antuerp's bridge] During the blockade of Antwerp by the Prince of Parma in 1585,“ They of Antuerpe knowing that the bridge and the Siocadoes were finished, made a great shippe, to be a meanes to breake all his worke of the prince of Parmaes : this great shippe was made of masons worke wiihin, in the manoer of a vaulted caue : vpon the hatches tbere 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 boles, and in them they had put matches, banging 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 Antuerpė, 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 voío 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. I'be marquesse of Roubay Vicont of G'ant, Gaspar of Robles lord of Billy, and the Seignior of Torcbies, 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 the water.” Grimeston's Generall Historie of the Netherlands, p. 875, ed. 1609.

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
To practise magic and concealed arts :
Yet not your words only*, 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 vild + :
'Tis magic, magic, that hath ravish'd me.
Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt;
And I, that have with concise syllogisms I
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 Musæus when he came to hell,
Will be as cunning $ as Agrippall was,
Whose shadow I made all Europe honour him.

* only] Qy. " alone”? (This line is not in the later 4tos.) + vild] i. e. vile.

concise syllogisms] Old ed. “ Consissylogismes.”

cunning] i. e. knowing, skilful. || Agrippa]

ius Agrippa.
shadow] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 “ shadowes."

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VALD. Faustus, these books, thy wit, and our ex

perience, Shall make all nations to canonize us. As Indian Moors obey their Spanish lords, So shall the spirits * of every element Be always serviceable to us three; Like lions shall they guard us when we please; Like Almain rutters † with their horsemen’s staves, Or Lapland giants, trotting by our sides; Sometimes like women, or unwedded maids, Shadowing more beauty in their airy brows Than have thef white breasts of the queen of love: From © Venice shall they drag huge argosies, And from America the golden fleece That yearly stuffs old Philip's treasury; If learned Faustus will be resolute.

Faust. Valdes, as resolute am I in this
As thou to live: therefore object it not.

Corn. The miracles that magic will perform
Will make thee vow to study nothing else.
He that is grounded in astrology,
Enrich'd with tongues, well seen in || minerals,
Hath all the principles magic doth require :
Then doubt not, Faustus, but to be renowm’d,

* spirits] So the later 4tos.-2to 1604 " subiects." + Almain rutters] See note, vol. i. 122. have the] So two of the later 4tos.—2 to 1604 “ in their."

From] So the later 4tos.—2to 1604 “ For.” Il in] So the later 4tos.-Not in 4to 1604. [ renowm'd] See note, vol. i. 27.

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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 wracks,
Ay, all the wealth that our forefathers hid
Within the massy entrails of the earth :
Then tell me, Faustus, what shall we three want? 1
Faust. Nothing, Cornelius. Oh, 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,
And bear wise Bacon's and Albertus'* works,
The Hebrew Psalter, and New Testament;
And whatsoever else is requisite
We will inform thee ere our conference, cease.

CORN. Valdes, first let him know the words of art;
And then, all other ceremonies learn’d,
Faustus may try his cunning + by himself.

Vald. First I'll instruct thee in the rudiments,
And then wilt thou be perfecter than I.
Faust. Then come and dine with me, and, after

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

[Exeunt.

* Albertus'] i. e. Albertus Magnus. The correction of I. M. in Gent. Mag. for Jan. 1841.-All the 4tos “ Albanus."

+ cunning] i. e. skill.

Enter Two SCHOLARS,

FIRST Schol. I wonder what's become of Faustus, that was wont to make our schools ring with sic probo.

Sec. Schol. That shall we know, for see, here comes his boy.

Enter WAGNER.

FIRST Schol. How now, sirrah, where's thy master?
WAG. God in heaven knows.
Sec. Schol. Why, dost not thou know?
WAG. Yes, I know; but that follows not.

FIRST Schol. Go to, sirrah ! leave your jesting, and tell us where he is.

Wag. That follows not necessary by force of argument, that you, being licentiates, should stand upont: therefore acknowledge your error, and be attentive.

Sec. Schol. Why, didst thou not say thou knewest ?

Wag. Have you any witness on't ?
First Schol. Yes, sirrah, I heard you.
Wag. Ask my fellow if I be a thief.
Sec. Schol. Well, you

will not tell us ? WAG. Yes, sir, I will tell you : yet, if you were

* 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.”

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