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'Apollonius King of Tyre' in the 1905 revised English translation of Charles Swan - Large-print

'Apollonius King of Tyre' in the 1905 revised English translation of Charles Swan - Large-print

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Charles Swan's 1824 translation of "Apollonius King of Tyre" revised by Wynnard Hooper in 1905
Charles Swan's 1824 translation of "Apollonius King of Tyre" revised by Wynnard Hooper in 1905

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Apollonius King of TyreTranslated byCharles Swan1824(259>)Antiochus, the king of Antioch, from whom thecity takes its name, had a daughter of suchuncommon beauty, that when she came of marriageable years, she was sought after with thegreatest eagerness. But on whom to bestow her was a source of much anxiety to the king; and, fromfrequently contemplating the exquisite loveliness of her face, the delicacy of her form, and theexcellence of her disposition, he began to love her with more than a father's love. He burned with anunhallowed flame, and would have excited asimultaneous feeling in his daughter. She,however, courageously persevered in the path of duty, until at length violence accomplished whatpersuasion had in vain struggled to effect. Thussituated, she gave a loose to her tears, and wept in
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an agony of the bitterest sorrow. At this momenther nurse entered, and asked the occasion of her uneasiness; she replied, “Alas, my beloved nurse,two noble names have just perished.“Dear lady,”returned the other, “why do you say so?” She toldher. “And what accursed demon has been busy?”asked the nurse. “Where,” replied the lady, “whereis my father? I have no father; in me that sacredname has perished. But death is a remedy for all,and I will die.” The nurse, alarmed at what sheheard, soothed her into a less desperate mood, andengaged her word not to seek so fearful a relief.(260>)In the mean time the impious parent, assumingthe specious garb of hypocrisy, exhibited to thecitizens the fair example of an honest life. In secrethe exulted at the success of his iniquity, andreflected upon the best means of freeing hisunhappy daughter from the numerous suitors whohonourably desired her hand. To effect this,
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he devised a new scheme of wickedness. Heproposed certain questions, and annexed to them acondition, by which whosoever furnished anappropriate answer should espouse the lady; butfailing, should be instantly decapitated. A multitudeof crowned heads from every quarter, attracted byher unmatchable beauty, presented themselves; butthey were all put to death. For, if any one chancedto develop the horrid secret, he was slain equallywith him who failed, in order to prevent its beingdivulged. Then the head of the victim blackenedupon the gate. The suitors, therefore, naturallygrew less; for, perceiving so many ghastlycountenances peering above them, their couragequailed, and they returned hastily to their severalhomes.Now all this was done that he who hadproduced this scene of wickedness might continuein uninterrupted possession. After a short time, theyoung prince of Tyre, named Apollonius, well-

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