Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE III. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1
SCENE III. - Christopher Marlowe, The Works of Christopher Marlowe vol. 1 
The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. A.H. Bullen (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885). Vol. 1.
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Enter FAUSTUS to conjure.
- that the gloomy shadow of the earth
- Longing to view Orion's drizzling look,
- Leaps from the antarctic world unto the sky,
- And dims the welkin with her pitchy breath,
- Faustus, begin thine incantations,
- And try if devils will obey thy hest,
- Seeing thou hast prayed and sacrificed to them.
- Within this circle is Jehovah's name,
- Forward and backward anagrammatised,
- The breviated names of holy saints,
- Figures of every adjunct to the Heavens,
- And characters of signs and erring
- “Sir, I was fnar and clerk, and all myself: None mourned but night, nor funeral tapers bore But trring stars.” stars,
- By which the spirits are enforced to rise:
- Then fear not, Faustus, but be resolute,
- And try the uttermost magic can perform.
- Sint tnihi Dei Acherontis propitii 1 Vakat numen triplex Jehovas Jgnei, aerii, aquatani spiritus, salvete! Orientis princcps Behebub, inferni ardcntis monarcha, et Demo-gorgon, propitiamus vos, ut apparent el surgat Mephistophilis, quod turneraris;
- perjehovam Gehennam, etcon [20 :ecratam aquam quam nunc spargo, signumque crucis quod nunc facio, et per vota nostra, ipst nunc surgat nobis dicatusMephistophilis t
- Enter MEPHISTOPHILIS.
- I charge thee to return and change thy shape;
- Thou art too ugly to attend on me.
- Go, and return an old Franciscan friar;
- That holy shape becomes a devil best
- [Exit MEPHISTOPHILIS.
- I see there's virtue in my heavenly words;
- Who would not be proficient in this art?
- How pliant is this Mephistophilis,
- Full of obedience and humility!
- Such is the force of Magic and my spells:
- Faustus, thou art conjuror laureat,
- That can'st command great Mephistophilis:
- Quin regis Mephistophilis fratris imagine.
- Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS like a Franciscan Friar.
- Now, Faustus, what would'st thou have me [to] do?
- I charge thee wait upon me whilst I live, To do whatever Faustus shall command, Be it to make the moon drop from her sphere, Or the ocean to overwhelm the world.
- I am a servant to great Lucifer, And may not follow thee without his leave: No more than he commands must we perform.
- Did not he charge thee to appear to me?
- No, I came hither of mine own accord.
- Did not my conjuring speeches raise thee? Speak.
- That was the cause, but jtlper acddens;
- For when we hear one rack the name of God, Abjure the Scriptures and his Saviour Christ, We fly in hope to get his glorious soul;
- Nor will we come, unless he use such means Whereby he is in danger to be damned:
- Therefore the shortest cut for conjuring
- Is stoutly to abjure the Trinity,
- And pray devoutly to the Prince of Hell.
- So Faustus hath Already done; and holds this principle,
- There is no Chief but only Belzebub,
- To whom Faustus doth dedicate himself.
- This word damnation terrifies not him,
- For he confounds Hell in Elysium;
- His ghost be with the old philosophers!
- But, leaving these vain trifles of men's souls,
- Tell me what is that Lucifer thy lord?
- Arch-regent and commander of all spirits.
- Was not that Lucifer an Angel once?
- Yes, Faustus, and most dearly loved of God.
- How comes it then that he is Prince of Devils?
- O, by aspiring pride and insolence; For which God threw him from the face of heaven.
- And what are you that live with Lucifer?
- Unhappy spirits that fell with Lucifer Conspired against our God with Lucifer, And are for ever damned with Lucifer.
- How comes it then that thou art out of Hell?
- Why this is Hell, nor am I out of it: Think'st thou that I who saw the face of God, And tasted the eternal joys of Heaven,
- Am not tormented with ten thousand Hells,
- In being deprived of everksting bliss?
- O Faustus! leave these frivolous demands,
- Which strike a terror to my fainting soul.
- What, is great Mephistophilis so passionate
- For being deprived of the joys of Heaven?
- Learn thou of Faustus manly fortitude,
- And scorn those joys thou never shalt possess.
- Go bear these tidings to great Lucifer:
- Seeing Faustus hath incurred eternal death
- By desperate thoughts against Jove's deity,
- Say he surrenders up to him his soul,
- So he will spare him four and twenty years,
- Letting him live in all voluptuousness;
- Having thee ever to attend on me;
- To give me whatsoever I shall ask,
- To tell me whatsoever I demand,
- To slay mine enemies, and aid my friends,
- And always be obedient to my will.
- Go, and return to mighty Lucifer,
- And meet me in my study at midnight,
- And then resolve me of thy master's mind.
- Had I as many souls as there be stars,
- I'd give them all for Mephistophilis.
- By him I'll be great Emperor of the world,
- And make a bridge th[o]rough the moving air,
- To pass the ocean with a band of men:
- I'll join the hills that bind the Afric shore,
- And make that country
110 continent to Spain,
- And both contributory to my Crown.
- The Emperor shall not live but by my leave,
- Nor any Potentate of Germany.
- Now that I have obtained what I desire,
- I'll live in speculation of this Art
- Till Mephistophilis return again.