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Greece, whom all the world admires for majesty, we should think ourselves much beholding unto you.
Music sounds. Mephistophilis brings in Helen;
she passeth over the stage. Sec. Schol. Was this fair Helen, whose admirèd worth Made Greece with ten years' warg afflict poor Troy?
Third Schol. Too simple is my wit || to tell her worth, Whom all the world admires for majesty.
First Schol. Now we have seen the pride of Nature's work, We'll take our leaves : and, for this blessed sight, Happy and blest be Faustus evermore ! Faust. Gentlemen, farewell : the same wish I to you.
[Exeunt SCHOLARS. Enter an OLD MAN.
OLD MAN. Oh, gentle Faustus, leave this damned art,
♡ war] Old eds. " warres."
It may be, this my exhortation
envy of thee *, but in tender love,
[MEPHISTOPHilis gives him a dagger.
Faust. Ob, friend, I feel
OLD MAN. Faustus, I leave thee; but with grief of heart,
[Exit. Faust. Accursèd Faustus, wretch, what hast thou done? I do repent; and yet I do despair : Hell strives with
Meph. Thou traitor, Faustus, I arrest thy soul
Faust. I do repent I e'er offended him.
my breast :
* Or envy of thee) So 4to 1616.—2tos 1624, 1631, “ Or of enuie to thee."
Meph.* Do it, then, Faustus, with unfeignèd heart,
Faust. Torment, sweet friend, that base and aged man,
Meph. His faith is great; I cannot touch his soul ;
Faust. One thing, good servant, let me crave of thee,
my oath || I made to Lucifer.
Re-enter Helen, passing over the stage between two Cupids.
Faust. Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium ? Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss. [Kisses her. Her lips suck forth my soul : see, where it flies !Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again. Here will I dwell, for heaven is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena. I will be Paris, and for love of thee, Instead of Troy, shall Wittenberg be sack’d; And I will combat with weak Menelaus, And wear thy colours on my plumèd crest; Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel, And then return to Helen for a kiss.
* Meph.] This and the next prefix are omitted in the old eds. + torments) So 4tos 1624, 1631 (and so 4to 1604).-2to 1616 “ torment."
# I may afflict] So 4to 1616.--2to 1624 " I afflict.”- to 1631 “ I can afflict.” s clean] So 4to 1604.-The later 4tos “clear.”
oath) So 4to 1604.-The later 4tos “vow."
Oh, thou art fairer than the evening || air
Thunder. Enter Lucifer, BeLZEBUB, and MephistoPHILIS.
Luc. Thus from infernal Dis do we ascend
Meph. And, this gloomy night,
Belz. And here we'll stay,
Meph. How should he but in desperate lunacy?
Enter FAUSTUS and WAGNER.
Wag. Sir, so wondrous well,
Il evening) So 4to 1604.-The later 4tos “ euenings."
* azur'd] So 4to 1624 (a reading which I prefer only because it is also that of 4to 1604.)-2tos 1616, 1631, “ azure.'
this] So 4tos 1616, 1631.-Not in 4to 1624.
As in all humble duty I do yield
Faust. Gramercy ll, Wagner.
Welcome, gentlemen. [Exit WAGNER. First Schol. Now, worthy Faustus, methinks your looks are
chang'd. Faust. On, gentlemen! Sec. SCHOL. What ails Faustus?
Faust. Ah, my sweet chamber-fellow, had I lived with thee, then had I lived still! but now must die eternally. Look, sirs, comes he not? comes he not?
First Schol. Oh, my dear Faustus, what imports this fear ? Sec. Schol. Is all our pleasure turn’d to melancholy? THIRD Schol. He is not well with being over-solitary.
Sec. Schol. If it be so, we'll have physicians, And Faustus shall be cur'd.
THIRD Schol. 'Tis but a surfeit, sir* ; fear nothing.
Faust. A surfeit of deadly+ sin, that hath damned both body and soul.
Sec. Schol. Yet, Faustus, look up to heaven, and remember mercy is infinite.
Faust. But Faustus' offence can ne'er be pardoned: the serpent that tempted Eve may be saved, but not Faustus. Oh, gentlemen, hear me † with patience, and tremble not at my speeches ! Though my heart pant and quiver to remember that I have been a student here these thirty years, oh, would I had never g seen Wittenberg, never read book! and what wonders I have done, all Germany can witness, yea, all the world; for which Faustus hath lost both Germany and the world, yea, heaven itself, heaven, the seat of God, the throne of the blessed,
Il Gramercy) So 4tos 1624, 1631.-2to 1616 “ Gramercies.”
sir] So 4tos 1616, 1624.-Not in 4to 1631.