He was the author of 17 dramatic pieces, some of them, such as his versions of Voltaire's Zaire and Merope, being adaptations.
Surely it is not in Empedocles on Etna, and surely it is not in Merope.
Transferred to the care of Polybus and Merope, the babe became to them as a son, for they were childless.
The indisputable merits of the play cannot blind us to the fact that Douglas is the offspring of Merope.
So the child lived in the palace, and became a son to Polybus and Merope, and heir to the kingdom.
In 1859 Temple discovered an extensive nebula, of a broad oval form, with the star Merope immersed in one end of it.
To cheer him, the messenger now informs him that he is not the son of Merope and Polybus.
And he remembered the words which Merope the queen had spoken to him one day when he was boasting of his strength and skill.
The memories of Polybus and Merope come upon him, then the years of unnatural wedlock.
She was recommended to talk about nothing but the "Henriade," "Merope," and "Zaira."