Dined at Mr. Brantsen's;1
the Dutch Ambassadors, with a great deal of Company. In the evening I went to the
French Comedy; the pieces represented were Rhadamiste et Zenobie
a Tragedy by Crebillon2
and Le Français a Londres.
The author of the Tragedy is regarded as one of the best dramatick poets of France.
His Tragedies are all very deep, indeed, they are so much so, that several of them
miscarried at their first Representation, on that account. The French in general are
not Lovers of Tragedy, and it is but lately, that they can bear any, which finishes
with the Death of the Hero. The Denouement
of this piece is a King, who discovers he has killed his own Son without knowing
him. Rhadamistus is sent to the King of Iberia, as Ambassador from Rome, to complain
to him; for his arming his People, and to tell him they suspect him. In the midst
of his discourse to the King he says.
Rome de tant d'apprets qui s'indigne et se lasse
N'a point accoutumé les Rois à tant d'audace.3
When the actor pronounced those verses, they rose an universal applause; which lasted
for some minutes.