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BWELLFOOT THE TYRANT. A TRAGEDY, IN TWO ACTS.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGIMAL DORIC.
Choose Reform or Civil War, When through thy streets, instead of hare with dogs, A Consort-queen shall hunt a Km with hogs, Biding on the Ionian Minotaur.
This Tragedy is one of a triad, or system of three plays, an arrangement according to which the Greeks were soon* tomed to connect their dramatic representations,) elucidating the wonderful and appalling fortunes of the Swellfoot dynasty. It was evidently written by tome learned Theban, • and from its characteristic dulness, apparently before the
duties on the importation of Attic tali had been repealed by the Boeotarchs. The tenderness with which he beats the Pigs proves him to have been a tut Eceotue; possibly Epicari de grege porctu; for, as the poet observes,
"A fellow feeling makes us wondrous kind."
No liberty has been taken with the translation of this remarkable piece of antiquity, except the suppressing a seditious and blasphemous chorus of the Pigs and Bulls at the last act. The word Hoydiponse, (or more properly (Edipus,) has been rendered literally Swkllfoot, without its having been conceived necessary to determine whether a swelling of the hind or the fore feet of the Swinish Monarch is particularly indicated.
Should the remaining portions of this Tragedy be found entitled, "SweUfoot in Angaria," and "Charitf," the Translator might be tempted to give them to the reading Public.
* Medwin says that (Edipus stands for George IV., lona Taurina for Qaeen Caroline; Laoctonos for Wellington; Puraanax for Castlereagh; and Dairy for Lord Eldon, "from his lachrymose propensities." — Life of Shelley, ii. 20.
Bobnb L—A magnificent Temple, built of thigh-bones amt death's-heads, and tiled with scalps. Over the Altar the statue of Famine, veiled; a number of boars, sows, and sucking-pigs, crowned with thistle, shamrock, and oak, sitting on the steps, and clinging round the Altar of the Temple.
Enter Swelltoot, in his royal robes, without perceiving the Pigs.
Thou supreme goddess! by whose power divine
* See Universal History for an acconnt of the number of people who died, and the immense consumption of garlic by the wretched Egyptians, who made a sepulchre for the nam« u well as the bodies of their tyrants.