Joined: 02 Oct 2003
|Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2003 11:43 am Post subject: Faustus's last monologue
|Faustus’s Last Monologue
(The clock strikes eleven)
FAUSTUS: Ah Faustus ,
Now hast thou but one bare hour to live,
And then thou must be damned perpetually.
Stand still ,you ever-moving spheres of heaven,
That time may cease and midnight never come .
Fair nature’s eye ,rise ,rise again ,and make
Perpetual day .Or let this hour be but
A year ,a month ,a week ,a natural day,
That Faustus may repent and save his soul .
O lente,lente,currite noctis equi.
The stars move still ,time runs ,the clock will strike.
The devil will come , and Faustus must be damned .
Oh,I’ll leap up to my God ,who pulls me down?
See,see,where Christ’s blood streams in the firmament.
One drop would save my soul ,half a drop .Ah ,my Christ !
Ah,rend not my heart for naming of Christ !
Yet will I call on him .Oh ,spare Lucifer!
Where is it now ? Tis gone ;
And see where God stretcheth out his arm ,
And bends his ireful brows.
Mountains and hills ,come , come ,and fall on me ,
And hide me from the heavy wrath of God .
No,no.Then will I headlong run into the earth,
Earth ,gape!Oh no, it will not harbour me.
You stars that reigned at my nativity ,
Whose influence hath allotted death and hell,
Now draw up Faustus like a foggy mist
Into the entrails of you labouring cloud ,
That when you vomit forth into the air
My limbs may issue from your smoky mouths ,
So that my soul may but ascend to heaven.