rendered more agreeable in being rendered more fenfible, and with- outgiving any harlhnefs to the fong, add a lively energy to the expreffion. It is by means of this the mufician, pafiingfuddenly from one key or mode to another, and fupprelling, when neceiiary, the in- termediate and pedantic tranfitions, is capable of exprefling thofe re- ferves, interruptions, and paren- thefes, which are the language of the impetuous pallions; and which the glowing Metaltafio, Porpora, Galuppi, Cocchi, Ju- mella, Perez, and Terra-Deglia have f0 often and f0 fucccfisfully employed; while our lyric poets know juli as little of them as our mulicians.

The third advantage, and that which gives to melody its greatefi

‘effect, is the extreme exattnefs of

time which is obfervable in the gravefi as well as the liveliefi move. rnents: an exaétnefs which renders the {inging animated and intercit- ing, the accotnpanyments lively and flowing, which really multi- plies the tunes, by making in one combination of {ounds as many diflerent melodies as there are me- thods of (canning them: an exact- nefs which ccnveys every {entiment to the heart, and every image to the underlianding; which furnifhes the muiician with the means of giving to words all imaginable characters, many ofwhich we have no idea of, and which renders the movements proper to exprefs all tbofe charatlers, or a {ingle move- ‘ment proper to contrafi: and change

the charaéter at the pleafure of the pompofer.

QQI Tb; brflmy of [Von/en/e.

H E R E is no race of people that has been more confpi- cuous, in almufi every relation of life, than the illultrious family of Nonienfe. in every age of the world they have {hone forth with uncommon lullre, and have made awonderful prcgrels in all the arts and {ciences. ‘They have, at dif- ferent fealons, delivered fpeeches from the throne, harangued at the bar, debated in parliament, and gone amazing lengths in philofo- phical enquiries and metaphyfical diiquititions.

In a word, the whole hifiory of the world, moral and political, is but a Cyclopedia ofNonfenfe. For which reafon, confidering the dig,- nity and importance of the family, and the infinite {ervice it has been of to me and many of my contem- poraries, I have relolved to oblige the public with a kind of ablirafl’. of the hiliory of Nonllsnfe.

Nonfenle was the daughter of ignorance, begot on falthood, many years ago, in a dark cavern in Boetia. As {he grew up, {he in. hented all the quaiaies of her pa. rents; {he difcovered too warm a genius to require being ftnt to fchool; but, while other dull brats were poring over an horn-book, {he amuled herfelf with fpreading fantaliical lies, taught her by her mamma, and which have, in latter ages, been familiarly known to u; under the names of iham, banter, and humbug.

When {he grew up, {he received the addrelfes, and foon became the wife, ofimpudence. Who he was, or of what profeflion, is uncertain: fome fay he was the {on of igno- rance by another venter, and was