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Dido and Aeneas
Synopsis
Introduction
Act I
Act II
Act III
     
ACT THE THIRD
     
     Scene: The Ships
     [enter the Sailors, the Sorceress, and her Enchantresses]
     
     PRELUDE
     
     FIRST SAILOR [Repeated by Chorus]
     Come away, fellow sailors, your anchors be weighing.
     Time and tide will admit no delaying.
     Take a bouzy short leave of your nymphs on the shore,
     And silence their mourning
     With vows of returning
     But never intending to visit them more.
     
     THE SAILORS' DANCE
     
     SORCERESS
     See the flags and streamers curling
     Anchors weighing, sails unfurling.
     
     FIRST WITCH
     Phoebe's pale deluding beams
     Guilding more deceitful streams.
     
     SECOND WITCH
     Our plot has took,
     The Queen's forsook.
     
     TWO WITCHES
     Elissa's ruin'd, ho, ho!
     Our plot has took,
     The Queen's forsook, ho, ho!
     
     SORCERESS
     Our next Motion
     Must be to storme her Lover on the Ocean!
     From the ruin of others our pleasures we borrow,
     Elissa bleeds tonight, and Carthage flames tomorrow.
     
     CHORUS
     Destruction's our delight
     Delight our greatest sorrow!
     Elissa dies tonight and Carthage flames tomorrow.
     [Jack of the the Lanthorn leads the Spaniards out of 
     their way among the Enchantresses.] 
     
     A DANCE
     
     [Enter Dido, Belinda and train]
     
     DIDO
     Your counsel all is urged in vain
     To Earth and Heav'n I will complain!
     To Earth and Heav'n why do I call?
     Earth and Heav'n conspire my fall.
     To Fate I sue, of other means bereft
     The only refuge for the wretched left.
     
     BELINDA
     See, Madam, see where the Prince appears;
     Such Sorrow in his looks he bears
     As would convince you still he's true.
     [enter Aeneas]
     
     AENEAS
     What shall lost Aeneas do?
     How, Royal Fair, shall I impart
     The God's decree, and tell you we must part?
     
     DIDO
     Thus on the fatal Banks of Nile,
     Weeps the deceitful crocodile
     Thus hypocrites, that murder act,
     Make Heaven and Gods the authors of the Fact.
     
     AENEAS
     By all that's good ...
     
     DIDO
     By all that's good, no more!
     All that's good you have forswore.
     To your promis'd empire fly
     And let forsaken Dido die.
     
     AENEAS
     In spite of Jove's command, I'll stay.
     Offend the Gods, and Love obey.
     
     DIDO
     No, faithless man, thy course pursue;
     I'm now resolv'd as well as you.
     No repentance shall reclaim
     The injur'd Dido's slighted flame.
     For 'tis enough, whate'er you now decree,
     That you had once a thought of leaving me.
     
     AENEAS
     Let Jove say what he will: I'll stay!
     
     DIDO
     Away, away! No, no, away!
     
     AENEAS
     No, no, I'll stay, and Love obey!
     
     DIDO
     To Death I'll fly
     If longer you delay;
     Away, away!.....
     [Exit Aeneas]
     But Death, alas! I cannot shun;
     Death must come when he is gone.
     
     CHORUS
     Great minds against themselves conspire
     And shun the cure they most desire.
     
     DIDO
     [Cupids appear in the clouds o're her tomb]
     Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me,
           On thy bosom let me rest,
        More I would, but Death invades me;
     Death is now a welcome guest.
     When I am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
                 No trouble in thy breast;
                 Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
     
     CHORUS
     With drooping wings you Cupids come,
     To scatter roses on her tomb.
     Soft and Gentle as her Heart
     Keep here your watch, and never part.
     
     CUPIDS DANCE
     
     FINIS

 


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