Alcestis: A Play in Five Acts
In this remarkable fantasy play, the great Greek demi-god hero, Hercules (here called Alcidas) must make a journey into the depths of Hell itself in order to rescue Alcestis from death and destruction. French author Philippe Quinault (1635-1688) wrote numerous tragedies, comedies, and opera librettos. First translation into English.
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ADMETUS AND ALCESTIS ADMETUS AND ALCIDAS AFFLICTED WOMAN Alcestis is dead Alexandre Dumas Apollo arms barge beautiful your fate BESIEGED celebration CEPHISES charming Alcestis CHARON CHORUS OF THESSALIANS CLEANTES conqueror of Death courage cruel expectation CURTAIN descend divinities dying enchains expecting come back faithful Alcestis fetters Five Acts FOLLOWERS OF PLUTO forever languish Frank Fyodor Dostoyevsky give going happy spouses heaven Hell cannot resist hero Honore de Balzac intense love Jules Verne king leave Let each sing Let everything resound live lucky Admetus LYCOMEDES marriage so sweet midst Monte Cristo Morlock Naiads NYMPH pass Pere PHERES Philippe Quinault pity Play in Five Play in Three PROSERPINE rival Scyros season to love shade of Alcestis sighs Snatch Alcestis somber shores sorrow stage represents taste the eternal tears Thessaly Thetis Three Acts torture troupe of herdsmen troupe of shepherds TUILERIES Verne & Adolphc Victor Hugo Victorien Sardou Wildside Wildside Press William Shakespeare