Acis and Galatea
(Handel). Lib. by John Gay and others; 2 acts; f.p. Cannons, Edgware, nr. London, 1718, possibly dir. by Johann Christoph Pepusch. Better defined as a masque or pastoral.
Mythological times. Galatea, a sea‐nymph, is in love with the shepherd Acis, but their love is threatened by the jealous giant Polyphemus. The lovers ignore warnings of danger. Polyphemus kills Acis. Galatea transforms him into a stream.