Doctor Faustus Epilogue
by Christopher Marlowe

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[Enter Wagner.]


Cut is the branch that might have grown full straight,
And burned is Apollo's laurel-bough,
That sometime grew within this learned man.
Faustus is gone:  regard his hellish fall,
Whose fiendful fortune may exhort the wise,
Only to wonder at unlawful things,
Whose deepness doth entice such forward wits
To practice more than heavenly power permits.

[Exit Wagner.]

Terminat hora diem; terminat auctor opus.