What could it mean that 1616 ( the death year of Shakspere from Stratford!) Faustus is exclaiming:
»Knew you not, traitors, I was limited
For four and twenty years to breathe on earth?
And had you cut my body with your swords,
Or hewed this ﬂesh and bones as small as sand,
Yet in a minute had my spirit returned,
And I had breathed a man made free from harm.«
Is this metaphoricall or autobiographical?