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DOWNFALL AND DEATH KING CEDIPUS Urama m Ctoo CHIEFLY TAKEN FROM THE
CEDIPUS TYRANNUS AND COLONEUS OF SOPHOCLES. To Charles Eliot
Norton. My Dear Norton, Some while ago you asked me to complete a
version of the CEdipus Tyrannus and Coloneus of Sophocles, which
had been lying by me some years. Here they are at last, the two
Tragedies united into one Drama under the ponderous alliteration
which figures on the Title-page; for which, however, I could hit on
no so comprehensive a substitute. If you can, pray do so. There
also, you see that my Drama professes to be neither a Translation,
nor a Paraphrase of Sophocles, but "chiefly taken" from him: I need
scarcely add, only intended for those who do not read the Greek. As
you, however, to whom I send it, are a Scholar, who not only knows,
but reveres the original, I shall try to excuse some of the
liberties which I have taken with it. For my very free treatment of
what I have retained you are already sufficiently prepared; not so,
perhaps, for the much I have omitted: still less for one audacious
substitution of my own work for that of Sophocles in what I may
call the Second Act in the Second Part of my Play. Well, then, to
begin with the more venial sins of omission. You will see that I
have dispensed with all (including what I believe is called the
Kommos) which follows the narration of the catastrophe as related
by the several witnesses; as I think is the case in some of the
Tragedies of Euripides. What Professor Paley says of the Kommos
which terminatesthe Persae of yEschylus must, I think, be true of
all: that, whatever effect the vehement recitation might add to it,
the Dialogue is secondary to the Spectacle?by which I understand
him to mean those outward signs of woe which are implied in the
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