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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which, at least, are pleasant and entertaining, was first brought on the stage in 1707, and after three representations withdrawn.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 ROSA MO N D.
-Ne forte pudori
BY MR. TICKELL.
first Italian masters taught,
No charms are wanting to thy artful song,
Landscapes how gay the bow'ry grotto yields,
Ten thousand pangs my anxious bosom tear,
Let joy transport fair Rosamonda's shade,
Accept, great monarch of the British lays,
Unrival'd as thy merit be thy fame,