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That can'st command great Mephistophilis :
Re-enter MEPHISTOPHilis like a Franciscan Friar.1
Faust. Did not he charge thee to appear to me?
50 Nor will we come, unless he use such means Whereby he is in danger to be damned
1 Dyce quotes from the prose-tract The History of Dr. Faustus :
After Dr. Faustus had made his promise to the devill, in the morning betimes he called the spirit before him, and commanded him that he should alwayes come to him like a fryer after the order of Saint Francis, with a bell in his hand like Saint Anthony, and to ring it once or twice before he appeared, that he might know of his certaine coming."
? A common feat of magicians and witches,
Therefore the shortest cut for conjuring
Faust. So Faustus hath
Meph. Arch-regent and commander of all spirits.
Faust. And what are you that live with Lucifer ?
Meph. Unhappy spirits that fell with Lucifer
Faust. Where are you damned ?
Meph. Why this is Hell, nor am I out of it:
80 1 Ed. 1616 “all godliness."
Am not tormented with ten thousand Hells,
Faust. What, is great Mephistophilis so passionate
90 By desperate thoughts against Jove's deity, Say he surrenders up to him his soul, So he will spare him four and twenty years, Letting him live in all voluptuousness; Having thee ever to attend on me; To give me whatsoever I shall ask, To tell me whatsoever I demand, To slay mine enemies, and aid my friends, And always be obedient to my will, Go, and return to mighty Lucifer, And meet me in my study at midnight, And then resolve me of thy master's mind. Meph. I will, Faustus.
[Exit. Faust. Had I as many souls as there be stars, I'd give them all for Mephistophilis. By him I'll be great Emperor of the world, And make a bridge th[o]rough the moving air,
1 So ed. 1616.-Eds. 1604, 1609, “ those,"
To pass the ocean with a band of men :
Enter 2 WAGNER and Clown. Wag. Sirrah, boy, come hither.
Clown. How, boy ! Swowns, boy! I hope you have seen many boys with such pickadevaunts 3 as I have; boy, quotha !
Wag. Tell me, sirrah, hast thou any comings in ? Clown. Ay, and goings out too. You may see else.
Wag. Alas, poor slave ! see how poverty jesteth in his nakedness! the villain is bare and out of service, and so hungry that I know he would give his soul to the Devil for a shoulder of mutton, though it were blood-raw. 10
Clown. How. My soul to the Devil for a shoulder of mutton, though 'twere blood-raw! Not so, good friend. By'r Lady, I had need have it well roasted and good sauce to it, if I pay so dear. i So ed. 1616.-Eds. 1604, 1609, “ land."
Scene: a street.—The text of ed. 1616 is given in the Appendix. 3 Beards cut sharply to a point (Fr. pic-d-devant).—A scene in the 1594 Taming of a Shrew opens with a similar piece of fooling.
Wag. Well, wilt thou serve us, and I'll make thee go like Qui mihi discipulus ? 1
Clown. How, in verse?
Clown. How, how, Knave's acre !8 I, I thought that was all the land his father left him. Do you hear? I would be sorry to rob you of your living.
Wag. Sirrah, I say in stavesacre., Crimelo Carlos
Clown. Oho! Oho! Stavesacre !' Why then belike if I were your man I should be full of vermin.
Wag. So thou shalt, whether thou beest with me or no. But, sirrah, leave your jesting, and bind yourself presently unto me for seven years, or I'll turn all the lice about thee into familiars, and they shall tear thee in pieces.
29 Clown. Do you hear, sir? You may save that labour : they are too familiar with me already: swowns ! they are as bold with my flesh as if they had paid for their 4 meat and drink.
Wag: Well, do you hear, sirrah? Hold, take these guilders.
[Gives money. Clown. Gridirons ! what be they? Wag. Why, French crowns.
1 Dyce remarks that these are the first words of W. Lily's, “ Ad discipulos carmen de moribus," 2 A kind of larkspur, supposed to be efficacious in destroying vermin.
3 "Knave's Acre (Poultney Street) is described by Strype, vi. 84, quoted in P. Cunningham's Handbook for London, as 'but narrow, and chiefly inhabited by those that deal in old goods, and glass bottles.' (It ran into Glasshouse Street.)”.- Ward.
So ed, 1616.-Ed, 1604 "my.”