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Shall make poor Faustus, to his utmost power,
My lord, I must forewarn your majesty,
Emp. Be it as Faustus please, we are content.
Benv, Ay, ay, and I am content too: an thou bring Alexander and his paramour before the Emperor, I'll be Actaeon, and turn myself to a stag.
Faust. And I'll play Diana, and send you the horns presently.
Sennet.—Enter at one door the Emperor ALEXANDER, at the other DARIUs; they meet; DARIUs is thrown down ; ALEXANDER kills him, takes off his crown, and offering to go out, his Paramour meets him; he embraceth her, and sets DARIUs’ crown upon her head; and coming back, both salute the EMPEROR, who, leaving his state, offers to embrace them, which FAUSTUs seeing, suddenly stays him : then trumpets cease and music sounds.
My gracious lord, you do forget yourself,
Had on her neck a little wart or mole;
The mighty monarch, warlike Alexander: If Faustus do it, you are straight resolved In bold Actaeon's shape to turn a stag. And therefore, my lord, so please your majesty, I'll raise a kennel of hounds shall hunt him so, As all his footmanship shall scarce prevail To keep his carcass from their bloody fangs. Ho! Belimote, Argiron, Asterote l Benv. Hold, hold l zounds ! he'll raise up a kennel of devils, I think, anon: good my lord entreat for me; 'sblood, I am never able to endure these torments. Amp. Then, good Mr. Doctor, Let me entreat you to remove his horns, He has done penance now sufficiently. Faust. My gracious lord; not so much for injury done to me, as to delight your majesty with some mirth, hath Faustus justly requited this injurious knight; which being all I desire, I am content to remove his horns. Mephistophilis, transform him; and hereafter, sir, look you speak well of scholars. Benv. Speak well of ye * 'Sblood, an scholars be such cuckold-makers to clap horns of honest men's heads o' this order, I'll ne'er trust smooth faces and small ruffs more. But an I be not revenged for this, would I might be turned to a gaping oyster, and drink nothing but salt Water. [Aside. Fmp. Come, Faustus, while the Emperor lives, In recompense of this thy high desert, Thou shalt command the state of Germany, And live beloved of mighty Carolus. [Exeunt omnes. WOL. I. U.
Zhen follow two scenes not found in the two earlier eds. :
[Scene Xa.] • Enter BENvolio, MARTINo, FREDERick, and Soldiers.
Mart. Nay, sweet Benvolio, let us sway thy thoughts From this attempt against the conjurer. Benv. Away, you love me not to urge me thus; Shall I let slip so great an injury, When every servile groom jests at my wrongs, And in their rustic gambols proudly say, “Benvolio's head was graced with horns to-day?” O may these eyelids never close again, Till with my sword I have that conjurer slain: If you will aid me in this enterprise, Then draw your weapons and be resolute; If not, depart; here will Benvolio die, But Faustus' death shall quit my infamy. Aored. Nay, we will stay with thee, betide what may, And kill that doctor if he come this way. Benv. Then, gentle Frederick, hie thee to the grove, And place our servants and our followers, Close in an ambush there behind the trees; By this I know the conjurer is near : I saw him kneel, and kiss the Emperor's hand, And take his leave, laden with rich rewards: Then, soldiers, boldly fight; if Faustus die, Take you the wealth, leave us the victory. Fred. Come, soldiers, follow me unto the grove, Who kills him shall have gold and endless love. [Exit FREDERick with Soldiers.