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QUEEN. Nay, to my death, for too long have I liv'd, Whenas my son thinks to abridge my days.
KING. Away with her, her words inforce these tears, And I shall pity her if she speak again.
QUEEN. Shall I not mourn for my beloved lord? And with the rest accompany him to his grave? LORD. Thus, madam, 'tis the king's will you shall hence.
QUEEN. He hath forgotten me; stay, I am his mother.
LORD. That boots not; therefore, gentle madam, go. QUEEN. Then come, sweet death, and rid me of this grief.
Re-enter a LORD, with the head of Mortimer. LORDS. My lord, here is the head of Mortimer. KING. Go fetch my father's hearse, where it shall lie; And bring my funeral robes. Accursed head, Could I have rul'd thee then, as I do now,
Thou had'st not hatch'd this monstrous treachery. Here comes the hearse; help me to mourn, my lords. Sweet father, here unto thy murder'd ghost
I offer up this wicked traitor's head;
And let these tears, distilling from mine eyes,
Be witness of my grief and innocence.
The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, written by Ch. Marloe. London, printed for John Wright, and are to be sold at his shop without Newgate, at the signe of the Bible. Black letter, 4to. 1616.
Mr. Malone is of opinion that this play was exhibited before 1590. It appears to have been acted by the Lord Admiral's Servants in 1594 and 1597. It was first published in 1604, 4to. and was reprinted in 1616, 1624 and 1663, all in quarto. The last edition contains some new scenes, and the one at Rome is left out and another copied from The Rich Jew of Malta substituted. Indeed it is probable that none of the editions contain the entire text of the author, for it appears from Henslowe's MS. that after Marlow's death, and before the first edition, the play had been altered in the representation. The entry is as follows: "Lent unto the company 22nd November, 1602, to pay unto William Bride and Samuel Rowley for their adycions in Doctor Fostes, the sum £4;" and if the additions were estimated at the rate at which plays were then usually paid for, they were not by any means inconsiderable. The character of Faustus was played by Edward Alleyn.