I'll fetch him somewhat to delight his mind.
[Aside, and then exit.]
Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with DEVILS, who give crowns
and rich apparel to FAUSTUS, dance, and then depart.
Speak, Mephistophilis, what means this show?
Nothing, Faustus, but to delight thy mind withal,
And to shew thee what magic can perform.
But may I raise up spirits when I please?
Ay, Faustus, and do greater things than these.
Then there's enough for a thousand souls.
Here, Mephistophilis, receive this scroll,
A deed of gift of body and of soul:
But yet conditionally that thou perform
All articles prescrib'd between us both.
Faustus, I swear by hell and Lucifer
To effect all promises between us made!
Then hear me read them. [Reads] ON THESE CONDITIONS
FOLLOWING. FIRST, THAT FAUSTUS MAY BE A SPIRIT IN FORM AND
SUBSTANCE. SECONDLY, THAT MEPHISTOPHILIS SHALL BE HIS SERVANT,
AND AT HIS COMMAND. THIRDLY, THAT MEPHISTOPHILIS SHALL DO FOR HIM,
AND BRING HIM WHATSOEVER HE DESIRES. FOURTHLY, THAT HE SHALL
BE IN HIS CHAMBER OR HOUSE INVISIBLE. LASTLY, THAT HE SHALL APPEAR
TO THE SAID JOHN FAUSTUS, AT ALL TIMES, IN WHAT FORM OR SHAPE
SOEVER HE PLEASE. I, JOHN FAUSTUS, OF WERTENBERG, DOCTOR, BY
THESE PRESENTS, DO GIVE BOTH BODY AND SOUL TO LUCIFER PRINCE OF
THE EAST, AND HIS MINISTER MEPHISTOPHILIS; AND FURTHERMORE GRANT
UNTO THEM, THAT, TWENTY-FOUR YEARS BEING EXPIRED, THE ARTICLES
ABOVE-WRITTEN INVIOLATE, FULL POWER TO FETCH OR CARRY THE SAID
JOHN FAUSTUS, BODY AND SOUL, FLESH, BLOOD, OR GOODS, INTO THEIR
HABITATION WHERESOEVER. BY ME, JOHN FAUSTUS.
Speak, Faustus, do you deliver this as your deed?
Ay, take it, and the devil give thee good on't!
Now, Faustus, ask what thou wilt.
First will I question with thee about hell.
Tell me, where is the place that men call hell?
Under the heavens.
Ay, but whereabout?
Within the bowels of these elements,
Where we are tortur'd and remain for ever:
Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib'd
In one self place; for where we are is hell,
And where hell is, there must we ever be:
And, to conclude, when all the world dissolves,
And every creature shall be purified,
All places shall be hell that are not heaven.
Come, I think hell's a fable.
Ay, think so still, till experience change thy mind.
Why, think'st thou, then, that Faustus shall be damn'd?
Ay, of necessity, for here's the scroll
Wherein thou hast given thy soul to Lucifer.
Ay, and body too: but what of that?
Think'st thou that Faustus is so fond to imagine
That, after this life, there is any pain?
Tush, these are trifles and mere old wives' tales.
But, Faustus, I am an instance to prove the contrary,
For I am damn'd, and am now in hell.
How! now in hell!
Nay, an this be hell, I'll willingly be damn'd here:
What! walking, disputing, &c.
But, leaving off this, let me have a wife,
The fairest maid in Germany;
For I am wanton and lascivious,
And cannot live without a wife.
How! a wife!
I prithee, Faustus, talk not of a wife.
Nay, sweet Mephistophilis, fetch me one, for I will have
Well, thou wilt have one? Sit there till I come: I'll
fetch thee a wife in the devil's name.
Re-enter MEPHISTOPHILIS with a DEVIL drest like a WOMAN,
Tell me, Faustus, how dost thou like thy wife?