Enter Faustus to conjure.
Now that the gloomy shadow of the earth,
Longing to view Orion's drizzling look,
245Leaps from th'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.
250Within this circle is Jehovah's name,
Forward and backward, anagrammatis'd,
The breviated names of holy Saints,
Figures of every adjunct to the heavens,
And characters of signs and erring stars,
255By which the spirits are enforced to rise.
Then fear not Faustus, but be resolute,
And try the uttermost magic can perform.
Sint mihi Dei Acherontis propitii! Valeat numen triplex Jehovae! Ignei,
aeriI, aquatani spiritus, salvete! Orientis princeps Beelzebub, inferni
ardentis monarcha & Demigorgon, propitiamus vos, ut appareat &
surgat Mephistophilis. Quid tu moraris? Per Jehovam, Gehennam, &
consecratam aquam quam nunc spargo, signumque crusis quod nunc
facio, & per vota nostra, ipse nunc surgat nobis dicatus Mephistophilis!
Enter a Devil. 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 Devil.
270I 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.
275Now Faustus, thou art conjurer laureate
That canst command great Mephistophilis,
Quin regis Mephistophilis fratris imagine.
Now, Faustus, what would'st thou have me do?
280I charge thee wait upon me whilst I live,
To do what ever 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,
285And 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 now hither of mine own accord.
Did not my conjuring speeches raise thee? Speak.
290That was the cause, but yet per accident,
For when we hear one rack the name of God,
Abjure the scriptures, and his Savior Christ,
We fly, in hope to get his glorious soul;
Nor will we come unless he use such means
295Whereby 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, & holds this principle:
300There is no chief but only Beelzebub,
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.
305But, 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 lov'd of God.
310How 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,
315Conspired against our God with Lucifer,
And are for ever damned with Lucifer.
Where are you damned?
How comes it then that thou art out of hell?
320Why this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Thinkst 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 everlasting bliss?
325O 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,
330And scorn those joys thou never shall possess.
Go bear those 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,
335So 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,
340To slay mine enemies, and aide 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.
345I will, Faustus.
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 through the moving air,
350To pass the Ocean with a band of men;
I'll join the hills that bind the Afric shore,
And make that land continent to Spain,
And both contributory to my crown.
The Emperor shall not live but by my leave,
355Nor any Potentate of Germany.
Now that I have obtained what I desire,
I'll live in speculation of this art,
'Til Mephistophilis return again. Exit.