Front Page Titles (by Subject) SCENE IV. - The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2
SCENE IV. - Christopher Marlowe, The Works of Christopher Marlowe, vol. 2 
The Works of Christopher Marlowe, ed. A.H. Bullen (London: John C. Nimmo, 1885). Vol. 2.
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The storm. Enter AEneas and Dido in the cave, at several times
- Tell me, dear love, how found you out this cave?
- By chance, sweet queen, as Mars and Venus met
- Why, that was in a net, where we are loose;
- And yet I am not free,—O, would I were!
- Why, what is it that Dido may desire
- And not obtain, be it in human power?
- The thing that I will die before I ask,
- And yet desire to have before I die.
- It is not aught Æneas may achieve?
- Dido, Æneas! no; although his eyes do pierce.
- What, hath Iarbas anger'd her in aught?
- And will she be avenged on his life?
- Not anger'd me, except in angering thee.
- Who, then, of all so cruel may he be
- That should detain, thy eye in his defects?
- The man that I do eye where'er I am;
- Whose amorous face, like Pæan, sparkles fire,
- Whenas he butts his beams on Flora's bed.
- Prometheus hath put on Cupid's shape,
- And I must perish in his burning arms:
- Æneas, O Æneas, quench these flames!
- What ails my queen? is she faln sick of late?
- Not sick, my love; but sick I must conceal
- The torment that it boots me not reveal:
- And yet I'll speak,-and yet I'll hold my peace.
- Do shame her worst, I will disclose my grief:
- Æneas, thou art he-what did I say?
- Something it was that now I have forgot
- What means fair Dido by this doubtful speech?
- Nay, nothing; but Æneas loves me not.
- Æneas' thoughts dare not ascend so high
- As Dido's heart, which monarchs might not scale.
- It was because I saw no king like thee,
- Whose golden crown might balance may content;
- But now that I have found what to affect
- I follow one that loveth fame 'fore me,
- And rather had seem fair [in] Sirens' eyes,
- Than to the Carthage queen that dies for him.
- If that your majesty can look so low
- As my despised worths that shun all praise,
- With this my hand I give to you my heart,
- And vow, by all the gods of hospitality,
- By heaven and earth, and my fair brother's bow,
- By Paphos, Capys, and the purple sea
- From whence my radiant mother did ascend,
- And by this sword that sav'd me from the Greeks,
- Never to leave these new-upreared walls,
- Whiles Dido lives and rules in Juno's town,-
- Never to like or love any but her!
- Dido, What more than Delian music do I hear,
- That calls my soul from forth his living seat
- To move unto the measures of delight?
- Kind clouds, that sent forth such a courteous storm
- As made disdain to fly to fancy's lap!
- Stout love, in mine arms make thy Italy,
- Whose crown and kingdom rests at thy command:
- Sichæus, not Æneas, be thou call'd;
- The king of Carthage, not Anchises' son.
- Hold, take these jewels at thy lover's hand,
- [Giving jewels, &c.
- These golden bracelets, and this wedding-ring,
- Wherewith my husband woo'd me yet a maid,
- And be thou king of Libya by my gift.
- [Exeunt to the care.