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Faust. So now the blood begins to clear again;
Meph. O what will not I do to obtain his soul. (Aside.
Faust. Consummatum est: this bill is ended,
Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with Devils, who give crowns
and rich apparel to FAUSTUS, dance, and depart.
Faust. Speak, Mephistophilis, what means this show?
Meph. Nothing, Faustus, but to delight thy mind withal,
Faust. But may I raise up Spirits when I please?
Faust. Then there's enough for a thousand souls.
Meph. Faustus, I swear by Hell and Lucifer
1 So ed. 1616.-Ed. 1604 “thee."
Faust. Then hear me read them: On these conditions following. First, that Faustus may be a Spirit in form and substance. Secondly, that Mephistophilis shall be his servant, and at his command. Thirdly, shall do for him and bring him whatsoever he desires. Fourthly, that he shall be in his chamber or house invisible. Lastly, that he shall appear to the said John Faustus, at all times, and in what form or shape socver he pleases. 1, John Faustus, of Wertenberg, Doctor, by these presents do give both body and soul to Lucifer, Prince of the East, and his minister, Mephistophilis ; and furthermore grant unto them, that twenty-four years being expired, the articles above written inviolate, full power to fetch or carry the said John Faustus, body and soul, flesh, blood, or goods, into their habitation wheresoever. By me, John FAUSTUS.
Meph. Speak, Faustus, do you deliver this as your deed ?
110 Faust. Ay, take it, and the Devil give thee good
on't! Meph. Now, Faustus, ask what thou wilt.
Faust. First will I question with thee about Hell.
Meph. Under the Heavens.
i The words “he desires" are not found in the old copies. Dyce mentions that in the prose History of Dr. Faustus, ed. 1648, the 3rd article runs :—"That Mephistophilis should bring him anything and do for him whatsoever".
-a later edition adding "he desired."
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Where we are tortured and remain for ever;
Faust. Come, I think Hell's a fable.
Faust. Ay, and body too; but what of that?
Faust. How! now in Hell?
i So ed. 1616.-Omitted in ed. 1604.
For I am wanton and lascivious,
140 And cannot live without a wife.1
Meph. How a wife?
Faust. Nay, sweet Mephistophilis, fetch me one, for I will have one.
Meph. Well—thou wilt have one. Sit there till I come: I'll fetch thee a wife in the devil's name. (Exit.
Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIs with a Devil drest like a
Woman, with fireworks.
150 | Marriage is but a ceremonial toy; And if thou lovest me, think
more of it.
1 Ed, 1616 proceeds as follows :
(MEPHISTOPHILIS fetches in a woman-devil.
Meph. Marriage is but," &c.
Here, take this book, peruse it thoroughly : [Gives a book.
Faust. Thanks,3 Mephistophilis; yet fain would I have a book wherein I might behold all spells and incantations, that I might raise up spirits when I please.
Meph. Here they are, in this book. [Turns to them.
Faust. Now would I have a book where I might see all characters and planets of the heavens, that I might know their motions and dispositions.
172 Meph. Here they are too.
[Turns to them. Faust. Nay, let me have one book more,—and then I have done,—wherein I might see all plants, herbs, and trees that grow upon the earth.
Meph. Here they be. Faust. O, thou art deceived. Meph. Tut, I warrant thee. Turns to them. 'Exitin. i So ed, 1604. Wagner, printing from ed. 1609, omits “and." In either case "lightning" is a trisyllable. Ed. 1616 gives" Brings thunder, whirlwinds, storm, and lightning."
2 Ed. 1616 “harness.” 3 Ed, 1616 reads :
“Faust. Thanks, Mephistophilis, for this sweet book: This will I keep as chary as my life.
[Exeunt," Then begins a new scene
("Enter WAGNER solus, Wag. Learned Faustus,
To know the secrets," &c.) which should come later.