The second time of the Spirits appearing to Faustus in his house, and of their parley. Chap. 4.
continuing in his diuelish cogitations, neuer mouing out of the
place where the Spirit left him (such was his feruent loue to the diuel) the
night approching, this swift flying Spirit appeared to Faustus
himself with al submissiô to his seruice, with ful authority from his
Prince to doe whatsoeuer he would request, if so be Faustus
promise to be his: this answere I bring thee, and an answere must thou make by
me againe, yet will I heare what is thy desire, because thou hast sworne me to
be here at this time. Doctor Faustus
gaue him this answere, though
faintly (for his soules sake) That his request was none other but to become a
Diuel, or at the least a limme of him, and that the Spirit should agree vnto
these Articles as followeth.
- That he might be a Spirite in shape and qualitie.
- That Mephostophiles should be his seruant, and at his commandement.
- That Mephostophiles should bring him any thing, and doo for him
- That at all times he should be in his house, inuisible to all men, except
onely to himselfe, and at his commandement to shew himselfe.
- Lastly, that Mephostophiles should at all times appeare
at his command, in what forme or shape soeuer he would.
Vpon these poynts the Spirit answered Doctor Faustus
all this should be granted him and fulfilled, and more if he would agree vnto
him vpon certaine Articles as followeth.
First, that Doctor Faustus
should giue himselfe to his Lord Lucifer
body and soule.
Secondly, for confirmation of the same, he should make him a wri-
ting, written with his owne blood.
Thirdly, that he would be an enemie to all Christian people.
Fourthly, that he would denie his Christian beleefe.
Fiftly, that he let not any man change his opinion, if so bee any man should
goe about to disswade, or withdraw him from it.
Further, the spirit promised Faustus
to giue him certaine yeares to liue
in health and pleasure, and when such yeares were expired, that then Faustus
should be fetched away, and if he should holde these Articles and
conditions, that then he should haue all whatsoeuer his heart would wish or
desire; and that Faustus
should quickly perceiue himself to be a Spirit
in all maner of actions whatsoeuer. Hereupon Doctor Faustus
was so inflamed, that he forgot his soule, and promised Mephostophiles
to hold all things as hee had mentioned them: he thought the diuel was not
so black as they vse to paynt him, nor hell so hote as the people say,