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THE TRAGEDY

OF

DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE

Dido was published in 1594, with the following title :—

The Tragedie of Dido Queene of Carthage: Played by the Children of her Maiesties Chappell. Written by Christopher Marlowe, and Thomas Nash, Gent.

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At London, Printed, by the Widdowe Orwin, for Thomas Woodcocke, and are to be sold at his shop, in Paules Churchyeard, at the signe of the blacke Beare. 1594. 4to.

A copy of this edition is in the Bodleian Library; and I am indebted to my friend Mr. C. H. Firth for kindly comparing Dyce's text with the text of the Bodleian copy.

PERSONS REPRESENTED.

JUPITER.
GANYMEDE.

HERMES.

CUPID.

JUNO.
VENUS.

ENEAS.

ASCANIUS, his son.

ACHATES.

ILIONEUS.

CLOANTHUS.

SERGESTUS.
Other Trojans.
IARBAS.

Carthaginian Lords.

DIDO.

ANNA, her sister.
Nurse

THE TRAGEDY OF

DIDO, QUEEN OF CARTHAGE.

ACT I.

SCENE I.

Here the curtains draw: there is discovered JUPITER dandling GANYMEDE upon his knee, and HERMES lying asleep.

Jup. Come, gentle Ganymede, and play with me;
I love thee well, say Juno what she will.

Gan. I am much better for your worthless love,
That will not shield me from her shrewish blows!
To-day, whenas I filled into your cups,
And held the cloth of pleasance whiles you drank,
She reached me such a rap for that I spilled,

As made the blood run down about mine ears.

Jup. What? dares she strike the darling of my thoughts? By Saturn's soul, and this earth-threatening hair,1 That, shaken thrice, makes nature's buildings quake, I vow, if she but once frown on thee more,

1 Old ed. "aire."

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