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Dr. Faustus

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Published: 1604
Language: English
Wordcount: 12,361 / 42 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 4,636
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Genre: Drama
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lk, Wherewith the students shall be bravely clad; I'll levy soldiers with the coin they bring, And chase the Prince of Parma from our land, And reign sole king of all the provinces; Yea, stranger engines for the brunt of war, Than was the fiery keel at Antwerp's bridge, I'll make my servile spirits to invent.

Enter VALDES and CORNELIUS.

Come, German Valdes, and Cornelius, And make me blest with your sage conference. Valdes, sweet Valdes, and Cornelius, Know that your words have won me at the last To practice magic and concealed arts: Yet not your words only, but mine own fantasy, That will receive no object; for my head But ruminates on necromantic skill. Philosophy is odious and obscure; Both law and physic are for petty wits; Divinity is basest of the three, Unpleasant, harsh, contemptible, and vile: 'Tis magic, magic, that hath ravish'd me. Then, gentle friends, aid me in this attempt; And I, that have with concise syllogisms Gravell'd the pastors of the German church, And made the flowering pri

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2007.05.12
Sid
*****

An underrated classic! A gripping tale of a man's unresolving battling conscience of good and evil. An allegory of both theological and psychological struggle, more students should read this play in high school or even college English lit classes.


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