The Son of the Sun; Or, the Fate of Phaeton. a Classical Burlesque Burletta, in in One Act

The Son of the Sun; Or, the Fate of Phaeton. a Classical Burlesque Burletta, in in One Act - Gilbert Abbott à Beckett [These notes were made in 1982; the author's name is Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (no comma); I read it in the [ca. 1834:] original]. As the title may suggest, this is largely made up of some of the most appalling puns, couched in rhyming couplets with intermittent songs to popular airs. With this one, it's quite easy to imagine the jovial (oops-sorry; honest to gods, no pun intended!) spirit in which it must have been mounted. The sort of tomfoolery which one can imagine bored upper-class amateurs putting on to amuse themselves - short, and easy to memorize! But of course, its origins are at the very opposite end of society, in the burlesque house. (P.S. - It's about the Phaeton and the sun-chariot story, of course - with a rather absurdly interpolated duel!)