Well-known quotes from Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage, listed in the order they appear in the play.

A woman stands in the sand with parted curtains behind her.
Chipo Chung as Dido in our 2017 production of Dido, Queen of Carthage.
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Poor Troy must now be sacked upon the sea
(Venus, Act 1 Scene 1)

Of Troy am I. Aeneas is my name,
Who driven by war from forth my native world,
Put sails to sea to seek out Italy;
And my divine descent from sceptred Jove.
(Aeneas, Act 1 Scene 1)

Troy is sacked and Priamus is dead,
And why should poor Aeneas be alive?
(Aeneas, Act 2 Scene1)

What stranger art thou that dost eye me thus?
(Dido, Act 2 Scene 1)
Renowned Dido, 'tis our general,
Warlike Aeneas.
(Ilioneus, Act 2 Scene 1)

The aged king thus, trembling, spoke:
"Achilles' son, remember what I was,
Father of fifty sons, but they are slain;
Lord of my fortune, but my fortune's turned;
King of this city, but my Troy is fired;
And now am neither father, lord, nor king.
Yet who so wretched but desires to live?
O, let me live, great Neoptolemus!"
(Aeneas, Act 2 Scene 1)

O, happy shall he be whom Dido loves.
(Aeneas, Act 3 Scene 1)

O love! O hate! O cruel women's hearts,
That imitate the moon in every change
And like the planets ever love to range.
(Iarbus, Act 3 Scene 3)
Sichaeus, not Aeneas be thou called.
The King of Carthage, not Anchises' son.
(Dido, Act 3 Scene 4)
I think some fell enchantress dwelleth here,
That can call them forth whenas she please
And dive into black tempest's treasury
Whenas she means to mask the world with clouds.
(Iarbus, Act 4 Scene 1)
Carthage, my friendly host, adieu,
Since destiny doth call me from thy shore.
(Aeneas, Act 4 Scene 3)
It is Aeneas' 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.
(Dido, Act 4 Scene 4)
If there be any heaven in earth, 'tis love.
(Nurse, Act 4 Scene 5)
The gods weigh not what lovers do.
(Dido, Act 5 Scene 1)
And from mine ashes let a conqueror rise,
That may revenge this treason to a queen
By plowing up his countries with the sword.
Betwixt this land and that be never league.
(Dido, Act 5 Scene 1)

Sic, sic juvat ire sub umbras.
(Dido, Act 5 Scene 1)

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