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Wherein haue I offended Iupiter,
That he should take Æneas from mine armes ?
And wofull Dido by these blubbred cheekes,
En. Desine meque tuis incendere teque querelis,
Dido. Hast thou forgot how many neighbour kings Were vp in armes, for making thee my loue? How Carthage did rebell, Iarbus storme,
And all the world calles me a second Helen,
For being intangled by a strangers lookes :
So thou wouldst proue as true as Paris did,
Would, as faire Troy was, Carthage might be sackt, 1555 And I be calde a second Helena.
Had I a sonne by thee, the griefe were lesse,
That I might see Eneas in his face :
Now if thou goest, what canst thou leaue behind,
But rather will augment then ease my woe?
En. In vaine my loue thou spendst thy fainting breath,
If words might moue me I were ouercome.
Dido. And wilt thou not be mou'd with Didos words?
Thy mother was no Goddesse periurd man,
Nor Dardanus the author of thy stocke:
But thou art sprung from Scythian Caucasus,
And Tygers of Hircania gaue thee sucke
Wast thou not wrackt vpon this Libian shoare,
O Serpent that came creeping from the shoare,
Wilt thou now slay me with thy venomed sting,
1542 rites] rights Hurst 1552 call'd Hurst to Cunn. wreck'd Hurst, Dyce to Bull.
1546 adhuc Hurst etc. ad hæc 1594 1568 this] thus Rob.
I hope that that which loue forbids me doe,
Why star'st thou in my face? if thou wilt stay,
I haue not power to stay thee. (Exit Æneas.) Is he gone?
And, see the Sailers take him by the hand,
But he shrinkes backe, and now remembring me,
Anna. What meanes my sister thus to raue and crye? Dido. O Anna, my Eneas is abourd,
And leauing me will saile to Italy.
Once didst thou goe, and he came backe againe,
Now bring him backe, and thou shalt be a Queene, 1605 And I will liue a priuate life with him.
Anna. Wicked Eneas.
Dido. Call him not wicked, sister, speake him faire,
And looke vpon him with a Mermaides eye,
Tell him, I neuer vow'd at Aulis gulfe
Nor sent a thousand ships vnto the walles,
Request him gently (Anna) to returne,
1579 sea-gulls Hurst, Cunn. 1591 S.D. add. Hurst
1585 lifeless Hurst to Bull. 1600 S.D. add. Hurst.
If he depart thus suddenly, I dye :
Run Anna, run, stay not to answere me.
Anna. I goe faire sister, heauens graunt good successe.
Enter the Nurse.
Nurse. O Dido, your little sonne Ascanius
Is gone! he lay with me last night,
And in the morning he was stolne from me,
I thinke some Fairies haue beguiled me.
Dido. O cursed hagge and false dissembling wretch!
That slayest me with thy harsh and hellish tale,
And I am thus deluded of my boy :
Away with her to prison presently,
Traytoresse too keend and cursed Sorceresse.
Nurse. I know not what you meane by treason, I, 1630
I am as true as any one of yours.
Exeunt the Nurse (and Attendants).
Dido. Away with her, suffer her not to speake.
My sister comes, I like not her sad lookes.
Anna. Before I came, Æneas was abourd, And spying me, hoyst vp the sailes amaine : But I cride out, Eneas, false Eneas stay.
Then gan he wagge his hand, which yet held vp,
Made me suppose he would haue heard me speake :
Which when I viewd, I cride, Eneas stay,
Dido, faire Dido wils Eneas stay:
Yet he whose heart of adamant or flint,
My teares nor plaints could mollifie a whit :
Dido. O Anna, Anna, I will follow him.
1629 too keend] keen Hurst: 1636 stay omit conj.
1628+S.D. Enter Attendants add. Dyce, Bull. keend] to kind conj. Coll., conj. Deighton kind conj. Gros.: kenn'd Cunn., Bull. Mitford
1642 heart 1594: heart's Hurst etc.
And ore his ships will soare vnto the Sunne,
That I may tice a Dolphin to the shoare,
And now downe falles the keeles into the deepe:
O sister, sister, take away the Rockes,
Theile breake his ships. O Proteus, Neptune, Ioue,
Now is he come on shoare safe without hurt :
But see, Achates wils him put to sea,
And all the Sailers merrie make for ioy,
But he remembring me shrinkes backe againe :
See where he comes, welcome, welcome my loue.
I, I must be the murderer of my selfe :
There is a woman famoused for arts,
Iar. How long will Dido mourne a strangers flight, That hath dishonord her and Carthage both?
1652 ship Hurst, Cunn.
1656 Anna repeat conj. Dyce, Cunn. Arions Dyce to Gros. 1660 him] 'em Dyce: them 1676 my Hurst etc. thy 1594 1678 I, I] Aye,
I Hurst to Bull. 1679+S.D. Aside add. Dyce, Bull. 1682 Not..
hence omit conj. Mitford
1682-3 One line 1594: div. Dyce 1684 Daughter] Guardian conj. Bull.: Drugster conj. Deighton
How long shall I with griefe consume my daies,
Dido. Iarbus, talke not of Æneas, let him goe,
To cure my minde that melts for vnkind loue.
Now Dido, with these reliques burne thy selfe,
Thou shalt burne first, thy crime is worse then his :
Sic sic iuuat ire sub vmbras.
(Stabs herself and throws herself into the flames.)
Anna. O helpe Iarbus, Dido in these flames Hath burnt her selfe, aye me, vnhappie me!
1690+S.D. Enter Attendants with wood and torches add. Dyce 1691 Iarbus] Oh conj. Mitford
1698+S.D. They make a fire add. Dyce 1703, 1706 lies Hurst, Dyce 1721 S.D. add. Gros. 1723, 1726 aye] ah Hurst, Cunn.