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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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EnterDido and Anna.
- O Anna, run unto the water-side!
- They say Æneas' men are going aboard:
- It may be, he will steal away with them:
- Stay not to answer me: run, Anna, run!
- [Exit Anna.
- O foolish Trojans, that would steal from hence,
- And not let Dido understand their drift!
- I would have given Achates store of gold
- And Ilioneus gum and Libyan spice;
- The common soldiers rich embroider' coats,
- And silver whistles to control the winds,
- Which Circe sent Sichseus when he lived
- Unworthy are they of a queen's reward.
- See where they come: how might I do to chide?
- Re-enter Anna, with æneas, Achates, Cloanthus, Ilioneus, Sergestus, and Carthaginian Lords.
- “Twas time to run; Æneas had been gone;
- The sails were hoising up, and he aboard.
- O princely Dido, give me leave to speak'
- I went to take my farewell of Achates.
- How haps Achates bid me not farewell?
- Ach, Because I feared your grace would keep me here.
- To rid thee of that doubt, aboard again:
- I charge thee put to sea, and stay not here.
- Ach, Then let Æneas go aboard with us.
- Dido, Get you aboard; Æneas means to stay.
- Æn. The sea is rough, the winds blow to the shore.
- O false Æneas! now the sea is rough;
- But, when you were aboard, 'twas calm enough:
- Thou and Achates meant to sail away.
- Hath not the Carthage queen mine only son?
- Tnmks Dido I will go and leave him here?
- Æneas, pardon me; for I forgot
- That young Ascanius lay with me this night;
- Love made me jealous: but, to make amends,
- Wear the imperial crown of Libya,
- [Giving him her crown and sceptre.
- Sway thou the Punic sceptre in my stead.
- And punish me, Æneas, for this crime.
- This kiss shall be fair Dido's punishment.
- O, how a crown becomes Æneas' head!
- Stay here, Æneas, and command as king.
- How vain am I to wear this diadem,
- And bear this golden sceptre in my hand!
- A burgonet of steel, and not a crown,
- A sword, and not a sceptre, fits Æneas.
- O, keep them still, and let me gaze my fill!
- Now looks Æneas like immortal Jove:
- O, where is Ganymede, to hold his cup,
- And Mercury, to fly for what he calls?
- Ten thousand Cupids hover in the air,
- And fan it is Æneas' lovely face!
- O, that the clouds were here wherein thou fled'st,
- That thou and I unseen might sport ourselves!
- Heaven, envious of our joys, is waxen pale;
- And when we whisper then the stars fall down,
- To be partakers of our honey talk.
- O Dido, patroness of all our lives,
- When I leave thee, death be my punishment!
- Swell, raging seas! frown, wayward Destinies!
- Blow, winds! threaten, ye rocks and sandy shelves!
- This is the harbour that Æneas seeks:
- Let's see what tempests can annoy me now.
- Dido. Not all the world can take thee from mine arms.
- may command as many Moors
- As in the sea are little water-drops;
- And now, to make experience of my love,-
- Fair sister Anna, lead my lover forth,
- And, seated on my jennet, let him ride,
- As Dido's husband, through the Punic streets;
- And will my guard, with Mauntanian darts
- To wait upon him as their sovereign lord.
- What if the citizens repine thereat?
- Those that dislike what Dido gives in charge
- Command my guard to slay for their offence.
- Shall vulgar peasants storm at what I do?
- The ground is mine that gives them sustenance,
- The air wherein they breathe, the water, fire,
- All that they have, their lands, their goods, their lives!
- And I, the goddess of all these, command
- Æneas ride as Carthaginian king.
- Æneas, for his parentage, deserves
- As large a kingdom as is Libya.
- Ay, and, unless the Destinies be false,
- I shall be planted in as rich a land.
- Dido, Speak of no other land; this land is thine;
- Dido is thine, henceforth I'll call thee lord.—
- Do as I bid thee, sister; lead the way;
- And from a turret I'll behold my love.
- Then here in me shall flourish Priam's race
- And thou and I, Achates, for revenge
- For Troy, for Priam, for his fifty sons,
- Our kinsmen's lives and thousand guiltless souls,
- Will lead an host against the hateful Greeks,
- And fire proud LacedÆmon o'er their heads.
- [Exeunt all except Dido and Carthaginian Lords
- Speaks not Æneas like a conqueror?
- O blessed tempests that did drive him in!
- O happy sand that made him run aground!
- Henceforth you shall be [of] our Carthage gods.
- Ay, but it may be, he will leave my love,
- And seek a foreign land called Italy:
- O, that I had a charm to keep the winds
- Within the closure of a golden ball;
- Or that the Tyrrhene sea were in mine arms,
- That he might suffer shipwreck on my breast,
- As oft as he attempts to hoist up sail!
- I must prevent him; wishing will not serve.—
- Go bid my nurse take young Ascanius,
- And bear him in the country to her house;
- Æneas will not go without his son;
- Yet, lest he should, for I am full of fear,
- Bring me his oars, his tackling, and his sails.
- [Exit First Lord.
- What if I sink his ships? O, he will frown!
- Better he frown than I should die for grief.
- I cannot see him frown; it may not be:
- Armies of foes resolv'd to win this town,
- Or impious traitors vow'd to have my life,
- Affright me not; only Æneas' frown
- Is that which terrifies poor Dido's heart;
- Not bloody spears, appearing in the air,
- Presage the downfall of my empery,
- Nor blazing comets threaten Dido's death;
- It is Æneas' frown that ends my days.
- If he forsake me not, I never die;
- For in his looks I see eternity,
- And he'll make me immortal with a kiss.
- Re-enter First Lord, with Attendants carrying tackling, &c.
- Your nurse is gone with young Ascanius:
- And here's Æneas' tackling, oars, and sails.
- Are these the sails that, in despite of me,
- Pack'd with the winds to bear Æneas hence?
- I'll hang ye in the chamber where I lie;
- Drive, if you can, my house to Italy:
- I'll set the casement open, that the winds
- May enter in, and once again conspire
- Against the life of me, poor Carthage queen:
- But, though ye go, he stays in Carthage still;
- And let rich Carthage fleet upon the seas,
- So I may have Æneas in mine arms.
- Is this the wood that grew in Carthage plains,
- And would be toiling in the watery billows,
- To rob their mistress of her Trojan guest?
- O cursed tree, hadst thou but wit or sense,
- To measure how I prize Æneas' love,
- Thou wouldst have leapt from out the sailors' hands,
- And told me that Æneas meant to go!
- And yet I blame thee not; thou art but wood.
- The water, which our poets term a nymph,
- Why did it suffer thee to touch her breast,
- And shrunk not back, knowing my love was there?
- The water is an element, no nymph.
- Why should I blame Æneas for his flight?
- O Dido, blame not him, but break his oars!
- These were the instruments that launched him forth.
- There's not so much as this base tackling too,
- But dares to heap up sorrow to my heart:
- Was it not you that hoised up these sails?
- Why burst you not, and they fell in the seas?
- For this will Dido tie ye full of knots,
- And shear ye all asunder with her hands
- Now serve to chastise shipboys for their faults,
- Ye shall no more offend the Carthage queen.
- Now, let him hang my favours on his masts,
- And see if those will serve instead of sails;
- For tackling, let him take the chains of gold,
- Which I bestowed upon his followers;
- Instead of oars, let him use his hands,
- And swim to Italy. I'll keep these sure.—
- Come, bear them in.
- “Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.”