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SWELLFOOT THE TYRANT.
A TRAGEDY, IN TWO ACTS.
TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL DORIO.
Choose Reform or Civil War, When through thy streets, instead of hare with dogs, A CONSORT-QUEEN shall lunt a KING with hogs, Riding on the IONIAN MINOTAUR.
This Tragedy is one of a triad, or system of three plays, (an arrangement according to which the Greeks were accustomed to connect their dramatic representations,) elucidating the wonderful and appalling fortunes of the SWELLFOOT dynasty. It was evidently written by some learned Theban, and from its characteristic dulness, apparently before the duties on the importation of Attic salt had been repealed by the Bæotarchs. The tenderness with which he beats the Pigs proves him to have been a sus Bæotice; possibly Epicuri de grege porcus ; 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 Hoydipouse, (or more properly Edipus,) has been rendered literally SWELLFOOT, 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, “Swellfoot in Angaria," and "Charité,” the Trans lator might be tempted to give them to the reading Public.