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   London Journal (Newspaper) - May 18, 1728, London, Middlesex                                The LONDON   J O U R N A L. Saturday, May 18. 17*8. Numb. 45-9. The" following Advtrtiftmevt from Boccaiiki, giving, an Account of fome brc Tranfaftions in i an Aflembly at Parnajfus, has been cranfmitted by M e m a n t e, and ordered to be inferred in j this Paper. H E Britijb Stage had been long unfrequented by the MuSes, and abandoned to Jugglers and Harlequins. The Theatre was wholy left to the Management of a Magician, by whom it was peopled with Elfs and Spectres, and every Corner of it filled with concealed Terrors and Enchantments. A" confuted Crowd ot Nymphs and Goblins, Witches and Heathen Deities, mixt in the fame fantaftic Scene, play'd the wildeft Pranks, without Order or DeSign; and Windmills and flying Dragons acted their Parts to the Delight and Afto-nifhrnent of the Audience. At a Time when thefe Seats of Wit were thus prophaned and deferted, the Court of Parnajfus �was alarmed with an Account of a Dramatic Piece, lately exhibited there with the moft fur-ftizing Succels. It was affirmed with the ftrong-eft Aflurance, that no Britijb Bard had ever gained fuch univerfal ApplauSe, or engaged more frequent and more numerous Audiences. Every Rank, every Age and ProfeGlon, was charmed alike with a Performance fuited to evety Tafte-The mimic Songs, with which every Scene was agreeably chequer'd, were hourly repeated in the politeft Circles, and in the meaneft Crowds: None were fo delicate, as to refuSe Attention to them; none fo unskilful, as to be incapable of reciting them with fuflicient Grace. The Chirping of Gra&hoppers, refounding thro' the Meads in a Summer's Eve, was not more Shrill and incef-fanf, than the Voices of Belles and Toupees, perpetually warbling over thefe ruftic Strains, which fhey preferred to the moft exquifite Harmony. Their Paflion for this polite Amufement continued feveral Months, notwithstanding the Inconftancy of their Temper, and the Levity of their Genius : Their Serious Attention to Quadrille was often interrupted by fome favourite Air; and often the ima ginary Sounds disturbed their Slumbers. An extream Defire was raifed in all who refided in the Pierian Bowers, and drank the Streams of Helicon, to acquaint themfelves with the Character and Manner of this new Genius, who had reaped Jo rich a Harveft of Applaufc in a Field fo fruitful of Cenfure. Their Opinion of the prevailing Tafte had indeed induced many of them to draw Conclufions to the Difadvantage of the Poet from his Succefs : Some thought it Preemption, or at leaft Indifcretion, to hope to pleafe ; others condemned the Defire of pleafing fuch Judges as a mean Ambition. Ptgafui wa� difpatched with Speed to procure the Piece, which promifed fo new an Entertainment; mean while the whole Aflem-bly flocked to the Laurel Grove, where Apollo fate encircled by the Mufes, and ranged themfelves in order on the flowery Turf, expecting his Return. The'winged MefTenger foon arrived, and laid his Charge at the Feet of the God ; but notwithfianding their Curiofity and Impatience was now raifed to the higheft Pitch, none of them was lb hardy as to undertake to recite a Performance, which they apprehended would prove unworthy of the facred Shades. Even the Comic Mufe declined the Task ; and had nor Momds preientcd himfelf with an Intrepidity fuitable to the Occasion, and offered his Service, their Delicacy muft have caufed their Di(appointment. As he pafled from Scene to Scene, their Fears and Sufpici-.ons encreaSed ; and the Marks of their Disapprobation grew fo ftrong and frequent, as might have intimidated even M o m u s himfelf, had it not been unlawful to interrupt in a tumultuous manner the meaneft Work of a Poet recited in the Prefence of the Mufes. To encourage him to proceed with ;frefh. Alacrity, Apollo in pity gave a favourable Nod ; Thalia was feen to Smile ; and- her graver Sifters long ftrove in vain, by redoubling their Indignation to fupprefs their Laughter. The (Price Two-pence) decent Rettraint thus removed, the furroundfng Crowd of Spectators refigned themfelves at once to the mirthful Impulfe, and Shook the confecrared Groves. Their wild tumultuous Mirth continued without Intermiflion till the Play was ended ; a ferious Reflection had been thought abfurd amidft fo much Pleafantry ; and it had been voted an unfeafonable Severity to have condemned an agree-ble Amufement, only becaufe it was different from the ufualEntertainments of Parnajfus, and pleafed without the Help of the eftablifhed Rules. M o-m v s acquitted himfelf of a Task fo fuitable to his Character with much Spirit, and received the general ApplauSe : The favourite Songs are faid to have been demanded a Second time, and long retained by the Mimic Echoes. At length A polio, waving his Hand, with fome difficulty repreffed their Laughter; and the pleafed Aflembly by degrees recollected their Severity, in order to pals their Judgment on a Performance which had produced fuch extravagant Delight This naturally led them into Reflections on Burlefque Poe/y, which all were inclined to favour, as the Sport of Wit and the Delight of every lively Genius. Its moft approv'd Graces were obferv'd to confift in Allufions to the moft beautiful and majeftic Paffages in fublime and Serious Poems, which were painted by the ludicrous Mufe in wild and grotefque Figures, formed by fo juft a delicacy of Fancy, that the genuine Beauties remained uninjured, while the unskilful Affectation of them was agreeably expofed. This manner of Writing, when directed by a juft skill in Criti-cifm, as it furnifhed 3 TeSt of whatever is beautiful in Poetry, was never difagreeable to fuch whoSe Works would bear it. The Father of the Poets was not diSpleafed to fee the Frogs and Mice counted amongft the Heroes he had defcribed with fo much Pomp and Terror: Nor was the Fame of Virgil endangered by the Libert �:s of this kind fo frequently taken with him, at which B a v i tr s. or M^vius might have been juffly alarmed. The happy Productions of the Moderns in this lighter kind of Poefy were allowed their juft Praife, and the elegant and ingenuous manner they had introduced was highly commended. Here Calliope, who ftill retained fome Degree of Averfion to this licentious Poer, was preparing to remark on the Indelicacy of his Scenes, had not a more favourable Mufe, with a Defign ro elude an Objection fo incapable of being anfwered, arrfully turned the Difcourfe to the Merits of the Mufical Drama, at which it had been levelled. This appeared to be an Invention unknown to the Inhabitants of Parnajfus : It was difbwned by all the Italian Poets, who had the Honour of being admitted to the facred Bowers; the Aminta of Tasso looked down upon it with Scorn ; nor was the Pastor Fido of Gitasini ever accufed of uttering his Paflion in Recitative, or languishing in a Duet with Amary llis. The Aflembly had been at a loSi to get any Information about it, had not fome of the Britijb Poets, who were prefent, defcribed with fo much Wit.and Humour the ridiculous and abfurd Contrivance of this new kind of Drama, and thefalfe Sentiments and unnatural Characters introduced into it, that all unanimoufly agreed that it deferred the fame Treatment with the Romaijtick Hiftories of Am ad is Je Gaule and bis Followers. This Judgment was confirmed by Apollo himfelf; and gracioufly defigning to reward the* Poet, even beyond his Expectation, for engaging in fo good aCaufe, He declared him intitled to the Honour of a low Cricket on the Left Hand of the famed CravAni es. As there was jufi Caufe to apprehend that the! honoured Knight of La Maneha would be- of-, fended at the infamous Perfohages introduced'by this Poet,"it was. depreed that the'Hero-.of1 tl?e. Piece, with all his Afibciares, Should be baniihed from the Precincts of Parnajfus. The Petition of a favourite Spngftrefs in this mock Opera, to attend the peeTlefs Dcuins a MTolofo in the Quality pf a Dahifel of jiei Train,, was -rejected with Difdain by this jllufiriotis Prin-I eels ; but the was admitted to Serve.io the Inn, ws [ a Companion to Mahitosse .� the Jifrnritm. This Determination in favoin of the Poet was no fooner made, than a Band of Virtuofops, fur-nifhed with a Variety of modern Instruments, fitted to exprefs a ttore exquifite and various Harmony, than was ever heard to refbund from the Harps of ancient Greece, entered the Laurel Grove, and demanded Juftice. Two Nymphs advancing^ not without an Air of Emularion, joined their Voices to the foft AfTemblage of melodious Sounds, and charmed the murmuring Gales and voeal Streams of Helicon to Silence and Attention. The Song concluded, the whole A/Tem-bly arofe from theit Seats to do therri Honour 5. and every Flower in Parnajfus was ambitious to enwrearh their Brows. Apollo, touched with a Complaint preferred in fuch moving Strains, approved the Supplicating Band, and with a Smile difpelled their Fears, The contending Nymphs were admonished, that, if they ceafed to difpute the Preference between themSclve.�, they would then be proclaimed unrivaled, and might Securely defy the vain Attempts to deprive them of the Admiration due to the pleafing Powers of Harmony. FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Pjwe, May r. CArdinal Alberoni, who had not feen the Pope for fix Months, had laft Saturday 3 long Conference with his Holinefs, of whom he took Leave* having refolv'd to go in a Short time to Ancona and other Places. The Cardinal Pereira went hence laft Tuefday, with all the Portuguese which remained here : And the laft Letters from M. Firrau import, that the King of Portugal had ordered moft part of the Italians to go out of his Kingdom, altho' the Queen had made the utmoft Efforts td appeafe his Majefty. Bologna,.May 1. The Princefs Soniesiu going lately into her Chamber, the Hinges of the Door being loofe, it fell upon her Head; but as She had in her Hand a Crucifix, which had been given to her by Pope Clement XI. She preServed herfelf With it from any Hurt, except a flight Contufion in her Forehead. The Pretender is very much afflicted at the Death of Cardinal Gualtieri, who had always Shewn much Zeal for his Service. Stockholm, May 5. The King has nominated M. Stiernerona, Secretary of the Ambafly to thft enfuing CongreSs. We learn from Abo in Fin-* land, that Baron Stakleburg, Governor of that Province, was preparing to make a General Review of all the Regiments which are in Finland; and that they had received Advice there that the Rufli3ns had refolved to reinforce with feveral Thoufahd Men the Garrilbns of the Towns which they poSTeSs in that Province. Vienna, May 8. The Imperial CoUrt is highly" pleafed with the Conduct of my Lord Waldegrave i His judicious and polite Method of treating of Affairs ^ains him daily more and more the Efteem and Refpect of the Emperor's Ministers t His Excellency is often in Conference with Prince Eugene of Savoy, and with fome of the Ministers of othef Potentates. Verfailles, May zo. The iSth Mr. WaJpoie, ArrM baffador of Great Britain, had a particular Audience of the King, in which he prefented to his Majefty M. Stanhope and M. Points., Plenipotentiaries of his Britannick Majefty to the CongreSs at Soiffons ; he prefented them afterwards to the Queen: and he was conducted to thefe two Audiences by M. de Moncon Setl, Introducer of Am-baSfadors. Paris, May 22.' The 15th the Queen was at her Devotions, and the King touched about 200c for the Evil. The 17 th, the Queen was let Blood, by way of Precaution, on account of her Pregnancy. M. ie Blanc, Minifter of War, died tha rjgth in the Morning, in the joth Year of his 'Age, univerfally lamented on account of his Merit and great Capacity. Hague, May ai. Our Politicians bete rtcfe their Brains to find out the meaning of this States equipping a Squadron, which is juft ready to fail, at the critical Time of Opening the CongreSs of Sbiffons, and of the particular Orders given t .Admiral Grave, not to open his Inftructi 'arrived in Such a Latitude at Sea: Th_ "" " �   

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