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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - March 31, 1752, London, Middlesex By Sir ALEXANDER Cenfor of Price 3 MARCH 1752 NUMB To be continued every TUESDAY and Bacchum in remvtis carmina rupibus Vidi do cent em pofteri Nymphafque et aures Capripedum Satyrorum See the Tranflation at the HOEVER can con template any one of our capital dramatic and attend to the feveral Excellen cies which adorn it the the face the the and what is above all the the and the I fay can contemplate all thefe and mark how wonderful ly they confpire in fome fingle Perform will not be furprized that not above ONE SHAKESPEAR fhould arife in a Cen and that when comes he comes like aProdigy of the better where Nature according to the Phrafeof a great PhiTofopher may be faid to bave outdone her ufual Out Should my Readers afk me to what Purpofe this Ohfervation 1 muft tis to prove what they would have owned perhaps without the Help of thnt to write capital dramatic is not a Gift vouchsafed by Providence to Mul j j j I may defcend even Tis no common no mean to be able TO ACT them with an Accuracy fuitable to their imrinfic So rare is it to find a Man endowed with the natu ral Eminencies of Mind and muft concur to form a perfect that I fuppofe it will hardly be denied that whrre one s o rn fit to rival a Garnck or a many hundreds are qualified for for grave Doctors in any one of the Faculties not to fay thoufands for StageCoach As far then as I take for 1 go on Hand in FIand with my They will readily agree with that with Rcfpect to dramatic few are form ed for and fewer ftill for Writers 1 mean for fuch and fuch as may be truly faid to approach the Stan dard of But from henceforward 1 fear we mall Tho few think themfelves quali fied for Writers or yet all think themfelves qualified to be adequate HEA RERS This is a Matter in which they have feldom any Now for my own if I might ven ture to oppofe fo formidable a Body as the and that in a Cafe which im mediately affects them I think there are fo very few capable of being thofe Hearers which they fancy that take a thoufand of human Race that have none of them loft andtis well if there be ten among them who have really Ears fo That they have the out ward and vifible I freely admit fo too have other fome of them poflefs thefe natural Infignia in a much more noble and enlarged than the mightieft and moft auguft a mong Men can pretend Yet tis this is not Were we to recite Hamlet or Othello to thefe venera ble I fear we fhould be fentenced to lofe our In what I would affert is that Ears alone are no more fufficient to make a than a Fiddle alone is fufficient to make a What then fays one is fufficient The Anfwer to this Queftion will more eafily explain itfelf in other we mall be better able to hew who are truly and properly if we confider who in every Audience have no Pretenfions to this When Handel firft exhibited his Allegro and there were two ingenious Gentlemen who had bought a Book of the and thought to di vert themfelves by reading it before the Performance Zounds cried one of them what damnd Stuff this Stuff replied his God fo replied the who then firft caft his Eyes on the TitlePnge the Words are It happened fome Years that a low Farce was to be acted for the firft Time after Ben Jobnfotfs Two Heroes in the had come there with an Intent to amufe themfelves in damning the As their Attention to the Play had been taken off by their own more fub hme together with that of the Ladies who difpenfe they unluckily took the End of the PJay for the the and fet to hiffing with the Voice no of Serpents but of The Houfe was amazed nor were they lefs amazed not to hear their Mufick kindly returned by their BrotherHeroes in the In the Riddle was not till one who fac near informed them that the Play was not yet and of courfe the Farce not yet This a little difcompofed but they foon comforted themfelves by obferving twas but a mufty Piece of and fo it did not much fir r J o There are many mofe fuch Stories to be I not dwell on a few but pafs ro a com mon whole Crouds Whoever hath attended our and feen our beft Plays muft have many an exquifitc Speech of the fedater delivered moft exactly by an ac complifhed pafs off unregarded in a Kind of cold Silence while the empty Vociferation of fome wretched hath been foon after rewarded with a thun dering Clap of One would imagine in fuch that the Audience looked on the Actor as a Kind of Rival to and that they were defirous to mew him they could be louder than he was or to give the Thing a more benevolent Explanation that they were ambitious to pay him in his own and generoufly to reward him with what he feemed fo to delight The Conclufion that none of thefe have Ears to hear that to be a real there muft be call it as you pkafe and that not only in and in but that in HEARING S A P E R E eft principium Another Circumftancc which fies for is the Want of or at leaft the Want of proper
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