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This opera, the comic scenes of which, at least, are pleasant and entertaining, was first brought on the stage in 1707, and after three representations withdrawn. It was written by Addison in consequence of the then prevailing taste for Italian operas, to try the effect of a musical drama in our own language. The opinion of the world seems to have followed or coincided with that expressed by the public at its representation Cato is still read and admired, while Rosamond is neglected and forgotten."
It was one of the first of our author's compositions.
A COPY OF VERSES
AUTHOR OF ROSAMOND.
-Ne forte pudori
Sit tibi musa lyræ solers, et cantor Apollo.
BY MR. TICKELL.
THE opera first Italian masters taught,
From words so sweet new grace the notes receive,
Thy style hath match'd what ancient Romans knew,
That height of thought may seem superfluous aid;
Landscapes how gay the bow'ry grotto yields,
Till Vanbrugh fram'd, and Marlbro' rais'd the dome.
Alike they mourn, alike they bless their fate,
Since love, which made them wretched, makes them great;
Unrival'd as thy merit be thy fame,
And thy own laurels shade thy envied name:
While, the charm'd reader with thy thought complies;