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'The World of Christopher Marlowe'

When Dido's beauty chain'd thine eyes to her.

Am I less fair than when thou saw'st me first?

Oh, then, Aeneas, 'tis for grief of thee!

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Say thou wilt stay in Carthage with thy queen,

And Dido's beauty will return again.

Marlowe's most celebrated play is doubtless "Dr. Faustus" -- the story of the scholar who sells his soul to the devil and then doesn't quite know what to do with the power and knowledge he acquires. Naturally, Mephistopheles diverts his victim with sexual romps:

Marriage is but a ceremonial toy;

And if thou lovest me, think no more of it.

I'll cull thee out the fairest courtesans,

And bring them ev'ry morning to thy bed:

She whom thine eye shall like, thy heart shall have,

Were she as chaste as was Penelope,

As wise as Sava, or as beautiful

As was bright Lucifer before his fall.


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