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Let it be placed by this my fatal chair,
Tamb. Casane, no; the monarch of the earth,
Tech. Then let some God oppose his holy power
[They bring in the hearse of ZENOCRATE.
230 As precious is the charge thou undertakest As that which Clymene's brain-sick son did guide, When wandering Phoebe's ivory cheeks were scorched, And all the earth, like Ætna, breathing fire; Be warned by him, then; learn with awful eye To sway a throne as dangerous as his; For if thy body thrive not full of thoughts As pure and fiery as Phyteus' beams,
1 Dyce conjectures that "Phyteus " is another form of “Pythius."
The nature of these proud rebelling jades
[He dies. Amy. Meet heaven and earth, and here let all things end,
250 For earth hath spent the pride of all her fruit, And Heaven consumed his choicest living fire. Let Earth and Heaven his timeless death deplore, For both their worths will equal him no more.
So the 8vo. Cf. Greene (in Orl. Fur.), -
Made Thetis never prouder on the clifts,"
“And up through the rists
Of the Dorian cliffs."
THE Tragedy of Dr. Faustus was entered on the Stationers' Books January 7, 1600-1, but the 4to. of 1604 is the earliest edition yet discovered. A copy (probably unique) of this edition is in the Bodleian Library. The title is :- 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. The text of ed. 1604 was first printed by Dyce, and more recently the precious 4to. has been inspected by Professor A. W. Ward, who published an edition of Faustus in 1878. A second 4to., of which there is a unique copy in the town library of Hamburg, appeared in 1609 with the following title :
-The Tragicall History of the horrible Life and death of Doctor Faustus. Written by Ch. Marl. Imprinted at. London by G. E. for John Wright and are to be sold at Christ-church gate. 1609. This edition agrees in almost every particular with the preceding. Its readings are reported in Wagner's edition (1877). The third 4to., which contains some scenes wholly re-written and others printed for the first time, was published in 1616 with the following title :- The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus. Written by Ch. Marl. London, Printed for John Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, at the signe of the Bible, 1616. In the Introduction I have discussed fully the origin of these changes and additions. Other 4tos, agreeing in the main with ed. 1616 appeared in 1620, 1624, and 1631. In 1663 the play was issued once more in 4to. (with a very corrupt text).
I have followed the text of the first 4to., recording the reading of the later 4tos. where it seemed necessary. In all cases where I have adopted a later reading, the text of the editio princeps is given in a footnote. I have printed in an Appendix the scenes that were re-cast or added in ed. 1616; but where the changes and additions are not extensive, they are given in the footnotes. As Dr. Faustus is a series of dramatic scenes rather than a regular drama, I have de a division merely into scenes—not into acts and scenes.
The same arrangement has been adopted in Professor Ward's edition. VOL. I.