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The Tragicall History of D. Faustus. As it hath bene Acted. by the Right Honorable the Earle of Nottingham his seruants. Written by Ch. Marl. London Printed by V. S. for Thomas Bushell 1604.
In reprinting this edition, I have here and there amended the text by means of the later 4tos,-1616, 1624, 1631.-Of 4to 1663, which contains various comparatively modern alterations and additions, I have made no use.
friends to Faustus.
DUCHESS OF VANHOLT.
paramour, and of Helen.
THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF
Chorus. Not marching now in fields of Thrasi
mene, Where Mars did mate* 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 vauntt his f 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 || his kinsmen chiefly brought him up.
mate] i. e. confound, defeat.