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my godfathers were these, Peter Pickleherring, and Martin- Martlemas-beef;? O, but my godmother, she was a jolly gentlewoman, and well beloved in every good town and city; her name was Mistress Margery March-beer.? Now, Faustus, thou hast heard all my progeny, wilt thou bid me to supper ?
166 Faust. No, I'll see thee hanged : thou wilt eat up all my victuals.
Glut. Then the Devil choke thee!
Faust. Choke thyself, glutton! Who art thou—the sixth ?
171 Sloth. I am Sloth. I was begotten on a sunny bank, where I have lain ever since; and you have done me great injury to bring me from thence: let me be carried thither again by Gluttony and Lechery. I'll not speak another word for a king's ransom.
Faust. What are you, Mistress Minx, the seventh and last?
Lech. Who, I, sir? I am one that loves an inch of raw mutton better than an ell of fried stockfish; and the first letter of my name begins with L. 3
1 “Martlemas was the customary time for hanging up provisions to dry, which had been salted for winter provision; as our ancestors lived chiefly upon salted meat in the spring, the winter-fed cattle not being fit for use."-Nares. The Feast of St. Martin falls on November 11th.
2 The March brewing was much esteemed. In Shirley's Captain Underwit a fencing-master's allowance is put at “ twenty pipes of Bermudas [i.e, twenty pipefuls of tobacco] a day, six flagons of March beer, a quart of sack in a week,- for he scorns meat." (See my Old Plays, ii. 323.)
3 All the copies read “Lechery." The change was proposed by Collier,
[Luc.)Away to Hell, to Hell! Now, Faustus, how dost thou like this ?
(Exeunt the Sins. Faust. O, this feeds my soul ! Luc. Tut, Faustus, in Hell is all manner of delight.
Faust. O might I see Hell, and return again, How happy were I then!
Luc. Thou shalt; I will send for thee at midnight. In meantime take this book; peruse it throughly, And thou shalt turn thyself? into what shape thou wilt. 190
Faust. Great thanks, mighty Lucifer !
Luc. Farewell, Faustus, and think on the Devil.
[Exeunt LUCIFER and BELZEBUB.
1 Ed, 1616 reads :
“Luc. Away to Hell, away! On, piper ! [Exeunt the Sins. * Faust, O, how this sight doth delight my soul !
“Luc. But, Faustus, in hell," &c. 2 I should like to omit “thyself” for the metre's sake.
3 In ed. 1616 their follows a clownish scene between Robin and Dick, I have printed it after the play in the Appendix,
He now is gone to prove Cosmography,
1 In ed. 1616 the speech of the Chorus is expanded as follows :
Chor. Learnéd Faustus,
The additional lines seem worthy of Marlowe, and add considerably to the picturesqueness of the original.-In Henslowe's inventory of the property of the Admiral's men (Diary, p. 273) mention is made of "I dragon in Fostes.” Perhaps (as Wagner suggests) Faustus alighted from his dragon-car at the beginning of the next scene.
i The scene is laid in the Pope's privy-chamber.
4 Dyce quotes from Petrarch's Itinerarium Syriacum :-"Non longe a Puteolis Falernus collis attollitur, famoso palmite nobilis. Inter Fal. ernum et mare mons est saxeus hominum manibus confossus quod vulgus insulsum a Virgilio magicis cantaminibus factum putant."
o So ed. 1616.-Ed. 1604 "in midst of which.” (From the prose History of Dr. Faustus, Dyce shows that the “sumptuous temple” is St. Mark's at Venice.)
That threats the stars with her aspiring top.1
Meph.2 Faustus, I have; and because we will not be unprovided, I have taken up his Holiness' privy-chamber for our use.
Faust. I hope his Holiness will bid us welcome. **
his good cheer,
1 In ed. 1616 these two lines are added :
" Whose frame is paved with sundry coloured stones,
And rooft aloft with curious work in gold.” ? A garbled version of what Marlowe wrote, Ed. 1616 gives :
“I have, my Faustus, and, for proof thereof,
This is the goodly palace of the Pope :
I choose his privy-chamber for our use." 3 Ed. 1616,—" All's one, for we'll be bold with his venison,” 4 This line and the next, necessary for the sense, first occur in ed. 1616. 5 Ed, 1616 "two."
6 Old eds. “Ponto."