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Of Styx, of Acheron, and the fiery lake
FAUST. Sweet Mephostophilis thon pleasest me;
stand, May be admired through the furthest land.
Meph. 'Tis well said, Faustus; come then, stand
And thou shalt see them come immediately.
Faust. Nay, stay, my gentle Mephostophilis,
And what might please mine eye, I there beheld.
Meph. Let it be so, my Faustus; but first stay,
crosiers, some pillars; Monks and FRIARS sing-
Ray. Saxon Bruno stoop,
Bru. Proud Lucifer, that state belongs to me;
Pope. To me and Peter shalt thou groreling lie, And crouch before the papal dignity: Sound trumpets then, for thus Saint Peter's heir,
From Bruno's back ascends Saint Peter's chair.
[A flourish while he ascends. Thus, as the gods creep on with feet of wool, Long ere with iron hands they punish men; So shall our sleeping vengeance now arise, And smite with death thy hated enterprise. Lords cardinals of France, and Padua, Go forth with to our holy consistory, And read among the statutes decretal, What by the holy council held at Trent The sacred synod hath decreed for him, That doth assume the papal goveroment, Without election, and a true consent: Away, and bring us word with speed.
1 CARD. We go, my lord. (Exeunt Cardinals. Pope. Lord Raymond.
Faust. Go, haste thee, gentle Mephostophilis, Follow the cardinals to the consistory; And as they turn their superstitious books, Strike them with sloth and drowsy idleness; And make thein sleep so sound, that in their shapes Thyself and I may parley with this Pope, This proud confronter of the emperor, And, in despite of all his holiness, Restore this Bruno to his liberty, And bear him to the states of Germany.
Meph. Faustus, I go.
Faust. Dispatch it soon, The Pope shall curse, that Faustus came to Rome.
[Exeunt Faust, and Meph.
Bru. Pope Adrian, let me have right of law. I was elected by the emperor.
Pope. We will depose the emp'ror for that deed, And curse the people that submit to him: Both he and thou shall stand excommunicate, And interdict from church's privilege, And all society of holy men: He grows too proud in his authority, Lifting his lofty head above the clouds, And like a steeple overpeers the church : But we'll pull down his haughty insolence; And as Pope Alexander, our progenitor, Trod on the neck of German Frederick, Adding this golden sentence to our praise; That Peter's heirs should tread on emperors, And walk upon the dreadful adder's back, Treading the lion and the dragon down, And fearless spurn the killing basilisk; So will we quell that haughty schismatic, And by authority apostolical, Depose him from his regal government.
Bru. Pope Julius swore to princely Sigismond, For him, and the succeeding popes of Rome, To hold the emperor their lawful lords.
Pope. Pope Julius did abuse the church's rites, And therefore none of his decrees can stand. Is not all power on earth bestow'd on us? And therefore tho' we would we cannot err. Behold this silver belt, whereto is fix'd Seven golden seals, fast seald with seven seals,
In token of our seven-fold power from heaven,
Ray. Behold, my lord, the cardinals are return’d.
Pope. Welcome, grave fathers; answer presently What have our holy council there decreed, Concerning Bruno and the emperor, In quittance of their late conspiracy, Against our state and papal dignity?
Faust. Most sacred patron of the church of Rome, By full consent of all the synod, Of priest and prelates, it is thus decreed: That Bruno, and the German emperor, Be held as Lollards and bold schismatics, And proud disturbers of the church's
peace : And if that Bruno, by his own assent, Without enforcement of the German peers, Did seek to wear the triple diadem,
death to climb St. Peter's chair,
And by your