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Dido and Aeneas
Synopsis
Introduction
Act I
Act II
Act III
 
OVERTURE
          
ACT THE FIRST
     
     Scene: The Palace
     [enter Dido, Belinda and train]
     
     BELINDA
     Shake the cloud from off your brow,
     Fate your wishes does allow;
        Empire growing,
        Pleasures flowing,
     Fortune smiles and so should you.
     
     CHORUS
     Banish sorrow, banish care,
     Grief should ne'er approach the fair.
     
     DIDO
     Ah! Belinda, I am prest
     With torment not to be Confest,
     Peace and I are strangers grown.
     I languish till my grief is known,
     Yet would not have it guest.
     
     BELINDA
     Grief increases by concealing,
     
     DIDO
     Mine admits of no revealing.
     
     BELINDA
     Then let me speak; the Trojan guest
     Into your tender thoughts has prest;
     The greatest blessing Fate can give
     Our Carthage to secure and Troy revive.
     
     CHORUS
     When monarchs unite, how happy their state,
     They triumph at once o'er their foes and their fate.
     
     DIDO
     Whence could so much virtue spring?
     What storms, what battles did he sing?
     Anchises' valour mixt with Venus' charms
     How soft in peace, and yet how fierce in arms!
     
     BELINDA
     A tale so strong and full of woe
     Might melt the rocks as well as you.
     What stubborn heart unmov'd could see
     Such distress, such piety?
     
     DIDO
     Mine with storms of care opprest
     Is taught to pity the distrest.
     Mean wretches' grief can touch,
     So soft, so sensible my breast,
     But ah! I fear, I pity his too much.
     
     BELINDA AND SECOND WOMAN
     [Repeated by Chorus]
     Fear no danger to ensue,
     The Hero Loves as well as you,
     Ever gentle, ever smiling,
     And the cares of life beguiling,
     Cupid strew your path with flowers
     Gather'd from Elysian bowers.
     
     DANCE THIS CHORUS
     
     THE BASKE
     [Aeneas enters with his train]
     
     BELINDA
     See, your Royal Guest appears,
     How Godlike is the form he bears!
     
     AENEAS
     When, Royal Fair, shall I be blest
     With cares of love and state distrest?
     
     DIDO
     Fate forbids what you pursue.
     
     AENEAS
     Aeneas has no fate but you!
     Let Dido smile and I'll defy
     The feeble stroke of Destiny.
     
     CHORUS
     Cupid only throws the dart
     That's dreadful to a warrior's heart,
     And she that wounds can only cure the smart.
     
     AENEAS
     If not for mine, for Empire's sake,
     Some pity on your lover take;
     Ah! make not, in a hopeless fire
     A hero fall, and Troy once more expire.
     
     BELINDA
     Pursue thy conquest, Love; her eyes
     Confess the flame her tongue denies.
     
     A DANCE. GITTARS CHACONY.
     
     CHORUS
     To the hills and the vales, to the rocks and the mountains
     To the musical groves and the cool shady fountains.
     Let the triumphs of love and of beauty be shown,
     Go revel, ye Cupids, the day is your own.
     
     THE TRIUMPHING DANCE
     

 


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