When these two parties had agreed with one another

When these two parties had agreed with one another, Dr. Faustus took a sharp-pointed knife, pricked open a vein in his left hand, and it is truly said, that in this hand was seen a graven and bloody writing, 0 Homo fuge, Id esl, 0 man flee from him and do what is right.

CHAPTER VI. Dr. Faustus lets his blood drop in a chafer, sets it on warm coals, and writes as followeth: I Johannes Faustus Dr. do openly acknowledge with my own hand, for the confirmation, and by virtue of this letter, that after I resolved to study the Elementa, but from the gifts which have been bestowed upon me from above and mercifully granted unto me, do not find such cunning in my head, and may not learn such from men, So I have subjected myself to the Spirit sent [to me and] now present, who calls himself Mephostophiles, a servant of the hellish prince of the East, and have also chosen the same unto myself, to report and teach such things unto me, who hath also bound himself to me, to be subject and obedient in all things. In return I on the other hand bind and promise myself to him, that when twenty-four years from the date of this bill have gone round and past, he shall have full power to deal with me, govern, (0 LORD forbid) rule and conduct me after his manner and fashion, as he may choose, with all, even with body, soul, flesh, blood and estate, and that into eternity. On this I renounce all those who are living, all the Hosts of Heaven, and all men, and it shall be so. As a sure document and for further confirmation, I have written this bill’ with my own hand, subscribed it, and with my own blood pressed out for this purpose, being in [command of] my senses, head, thoughts and will, have tied, sealed and attested it.
John Faustus, the expert
in the Elements, and
Doctor of the Spirituals


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