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Faust. Why, have you any pain that torture
others ? Meph. As great as have the human spirits of man. But tell me, Faustus, shall I have thy soul? And I will be thy slave and wait on thee, And give thee more than thou hast wit to ask.
Faust. Aye, Mephostophilis, I'll give it him.
Meph. Then, Fa stus, stab thine arm courageously,
Faust Lo, Mephostophilis, for love of thee,
Meph. But, Faustus,
Faust. Ah, so I do! but, Mephostophilis,
[Erit. Faust. What might the staying of my blood
portend? It is unwilling I should write this bill. Why streams it not that I may write afresh ? Faustus gives to thee his soul: O there it stay'd ! Why should'st thou not? Is not thy soul thine own? Then write again, Faustus gives to thee his soul.
Enter MePHOSTOPHilis with the chafer of fire. Meph. See, Faustus, here is fire ; set it on.
Faust, So now the blood begins to clear again ; Now will I make an end immediately.
Meph. What will not I do to obtain his soul?
Faust. Consummatum est, this bill is ended,
Meph. I'll fetch him something to delight his mind.
[Exit. Enter Devils, giving crowns and rich apparel to
Fuustus. They dance and then depart.
please? Meph. Aye, Faustus, and do greater things than
these. Faust. Then, Mephostophilis, receive this scroll, A deed of gift, of body, and of soul: But yet conditionally that thou perform'st All covenants and articles between us both.
Mepk. Faustus, I swear by hell and Lucifer, To effect all promises between us both.
Faust. Then hear me read it, Mephostophilis, On these conditions following:
First. That Faustus may be a Spirit in form and substance.
Secondly. That Mephostophilis shall be his servant, and be by him commanded.
Thirdly. That Mephostophilis shall do for him, and bring him whatsoever he requireth
Fourthly. That he shall be in his house or chamber invisible.
Lastly. He shall appear to the said John Faustus,
presents, do give both body and soul to Lucifer,
John FAUSTUS. Meph. Speak, Faustus, do you deliver this as
your deed ?
Faust. Aye, take it, and the devil give thee good of it.
Meph. So now, Faustus, ask me what thou wilt.
Faust. First I will question thee about hell.
Meph. Under the heavens.
Faust. I think hell is a mere fable. : Meph. Ah! think so still, till experience change thy mind. Faust. Why, dost thou think that Faustus shall
be damned ? Meph. Aye, of necessity, for here's the scroll In which thou hast given thy soul to Lucifer.
Faust. Aye, and body too; and what of that ? Think'st thou that Faustus is so fond to imagine, That after this life there is any pain? No, these are trifles, and mere old wives? tales. Meph. But I am an instance to prove the con
trary; For I tell thee I am damn'd, and now in hell. Faust. Nay, an this be 'hell, I'll willingly be
What sleeping, eating, walking, and disputing?
[He fetches in a Woman Deoil. Faust. What sight is this? Meph. Now, Faustus, wilt thou have a wife?
Faust. Here's a hot whore indeed; no, I'll no wife.
Meph. Marriage is but a ceremonial toy, And if thou lov'st me think no more of it: I'll cull thee out the fairest courtezans, And bring them every morning to thy bed : She whom thine eye shall like, thy heart shall have ; Were she as chaste as was Penelope, As wise as Saba, or as beautiful As was bright Lucifer before his fall. Here take this book, and peruse it well; The iterating of these lines brings gold; The framing of this circle on the ground Brings thunder, whirlwinds, storms, and lightning ; Pronounce this thrice devoutly to thyself, And men in harness shall appear to thee, Ready to execute what thou command'st.. Faust. Thanks, Mephostophilis, for this sweet
book, This will I keep as chary as my life. [Exeunt.