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Gycia A Tragedy in Five Acts   By: (1833-1907)

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GYCIA

by

LEWIS MORRIS

BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

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GYCIA

A Tragedy in Five Acts

by

LEWIS MORRIS

M.A.; Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford Knight of the Redeemer of Greece, Etc., Etc.

Second Edition

London Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1, Paternoster Square 1886

(The rights of translation and of reproduction are reserved.)

CONTENTS

Preface

Dramatis Personæ

Act I Scene 1 Bosphorus. The King's palace. Scene 2 Outside the palace.

Act II Scene 1 Lamachus' palace, Cherson. Scene 2 Outside the palace of Lamachus. Scene 3 A street in Cherson. Scene 4 The garden without the banqueting room.

Act III Scene 1 Cherson, two years after. The palace of Lamachus. Scene 2 The same. Scene 3 A room in the palace. Scene 4 Irene's prison. Scene 5 Outside the palace.

Act IV Scene 1 Cherson. Irene's prison. Scene 2 Room in Lamachus's palace. Scene 3 The council chamber of the Senate of Cherson.

Act V Scene 1 Lamachus's palace. Scene 2 The banquet hall. Scene 3 Outside the banquet hall. Scene 4 The Senate chamber.

Notices of the press

PREFACE.

The following Drama was written with a view to Stage representation, and it is therefore rather as an Acting Play than as a Dramatic Poem that it should be judged by its readers.

It follows as closely as possible the striking story recorded by Constantine Porphyrogenitus in his work, "De Administratione Imperii." Nor has the writer had occasion (except in the death of the heroine) to modify the powerful historical situations and incidents to which it is right to say his attention was first directed by his friend the well known scholar and critic, Mr. W. Watkiss Lloyd.

The date of the story is circa 970 A.D.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

PEOPLE OF BOSPHORUS.

The KING OF BOSPHORUS.

ASANDER, Prince of Bosphorus.

LYSIMACHUS, a statesman.

MEGACLES, a chamberlain from the Imperial Court of Constantinople.

Three Courtiers, accompanying Asander and accomplices in the plot.

Soldiers, etc.

PEOPLE OF CHERSON.

LAMACHUS, Archon of the Republic of Cherson.

ZETHO, his successor.

THEODORUS, a young noble (brother to Irene), in love with Gycia.

BARDANES, first Senator.

Ambassador to Bosphorus.

The Senators of Cherson.

Two Labourers.

GYCIA, daughter of Lamachus.

IRENE, a lady her friend, in love with Asander.

MELISSA, an elderly lady in waiting on Gycia .

Child, daughter of the Gaoler.

Citizens, etc.

GYCIA.

ACT I.

SCENE I. Bosphorus. The King's palace. The KING, in anxious thought. To him LYSIMACHUS, afterwards ASANDER.

Enter LYSIMACHUS.

Lys. What ails the King, that thus his brow is bent By such a load of care?

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