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Unpopularity of Tragedy

By Plautus (c. 254–184 B.C.)

Translation of William Cranston Lawton

Mercury speaks, in the Prologue of the ‘Amphitruo’
THE PLOT of this our tragedy next I’ll tell—

Why did you knit your brows? Because I said

’Twould be a tragedy? I’m a god, I’ll change it.

From tragedy I’ll make it, if you will,

A comedy,—with every verse the same.

Will you, or not?—Why! stupid that I am,

As if, a god, I knew not your desire!

Upon this point I understand your minds.

I’ll make a mixture, tragicomedy.