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Issue Details: First known date: 1864... 1864 OI NEKPOAOROI or The Discourses of the Dead
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  • Author's note: When the printing of this Volume had been nearly completed, I (for sundry reasons) caused these "Discourses of the Dead" to be expunged from all the unimpressed portion of the Edition.
  • The only part of this work not expunged by the author is a description of the opening scene (Hades) and a list of the Dramatis Personae. This is followed by one page (97) containing the author's note and three blank pages (98-100).
  • In his notes on pages 130 and 131, the author describes 'The Discourses of the Dead' as a 'Necrological Drama' and reproduces the 'mottoes' he had selected as 'prefixes' to the work. The first of these 'mottoes' were the following lines from Swift (1736):

    'Come assist me muse obedient! / Let us try some new expedient; / Shift the scene for two brief hours - / For, both place and time are yours; / Downward, then, at once conduct me, / And on all things there instruct me. // See, the Muse unbars the gate; / Hear the phantoms, how they prate! / All ye Pow'rs who rule the soul, / When released from life's control, / Let me be allow'd to tell / What I witness here in Hell.'

    The second 'motto' was from Dryden: 'I hear the groans of ghosts; / Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams!'

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