"The Feast of Dido" (Book I, lines 695ff.)

The Feast of Dido (Book I, lines 695ff.), ca. 1615
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, heightened with white, over black chalk; 193 x 175 mm (annotated “HG” lower left)
New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery (inv. no. 1975.89)

Inde Prinslijcke sael sietmen de Tijrsche elen
En de Troyaenen t’saem blij sitten aen den dis
Iopas op syn herp al singende coomt spelen
Tot meerder een vermaeck van ieder die daer is
het soete Bachi nat wert mildelijck geschoncken
Dido heeft (so*** sy meijnt) Ascanium gekust
Soo dat, terwylen men den wilcoom heeft gedroncken
Cupido in haer blaest den soeten minne lust

In the princely room are seen the Tyrian nobles
And the Trojans sitting together happily at the table
Iopas on his harp while singing comes to play
In order to provide enjoyment to everyone who is there
The sweet liquid of Bacchus that was generously poured
Dido kissed Ascanius (so she thought)
So that, while everyone drank the welcome
Cupid blew sweet lovelust love in her chest