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cied himself haunted by a spirit, time, and from thence proceeded that continually disordered his to Naples. books and papers; to which, how At Naples he immediately com, ever, the tricks played him by his menced a suit at law for che réco. keepers might contribute. He con- very of his right, and divided his tinued, notwithstanding, to folicit time between a prosecution of that the interposition of all the powers and his studies. Here he was foli: in Italy, to whom he could find cited by the young count of Palena means to apply, particularly the to accept an apartment in his paemperor and the pope, but with- lace. Tasso consented, but finding opt success. But it happened, that it not agreeable to the count's faafter he had been a prisoner seven ther, the prince of Conca, on ac. years, his young friend Vincentio count of Taffo's former attachment Gonzaga, who was then prince of to the family of Salerno, between Mantua, his father Guglielmo be- whom and Conca there had been an ing dead, came to Ferrara, among hereditary enmity, Tasso withdrew other great personages, during the not only from the palace but from festivals and rejoicings that were Naples, and retired to Bisaccio, held there on the marriage of Cæ- with one Giovanni Batista Manso, far of Efte with Virginia of Me with whom he had contracted an dicis. Vincentio greatly diftin- intimate friendship. guished himself on this occasion in At Bifaccio he lived in great the feats of chivalry, that were tranquillity with his friend Manso, usual in those days; and taking till the approach of the winter, advantage of the influence and ho and then they returned again to pour which he had thus acquired, Naples, where the iffue of the lawhe urged Alphonso so earnestly to fuit was still in fufpence. set Taffo at liberty, that he at last Tasso, who was now in his 45th consented, and Vincentio took him year, appeared to Manso, while with him to Mantua, he being then they were at Bisaccio, to be affected in the 420 year of his age. with a melancholy, which had very

At Mantua he lived about a year fingular effects : he therefore very in great favour with the prince, frequently questioned him about and in all the splendor and affuence them, and Taffo told him that he which the favour of great princes had a familiar fpirit, with whom confers : but he was weary of a he frequently and freely conversed: kate of dependence, however splen- Manso treated this as an illusion, did and luxurious, and therefore but Taffo ftill affirmed it resolved to go to Naples, and en- real; and telling him that t" ieavour to recover his mother's rit would meet and convers jointure, which had been seized by him the next day, invited ? her relations, when he went into be present. Manso coming exile with his father Bernardo : hour appointed, saw Tafio With this view he procured letters eyes with great earnef of recommendation to the viceroy, window, and perceiv and having taken leave of the continue without motion, prince of Mantua, he went firit to him several times by, hi

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cried out with great vehemence, Conca, knowing how frequently « There is the friendly spirit that Taffo had eloped from his friends “is come to converse with me : without warning, and being very “ look, and be convinced that anxious to keep possession both of the “what I have said is true.” Manso poet and his work, caused him to looked, not without some furprise, be very narrowly watched, which but saw nothing except the fun- Taffo observing, and being difbeams which shone through the pleased at it, found means to elude window : he was just going to ask his diligence, and retired to his

where the pretended spirit was, friend Manso's, where, however, when he was prevented by Tasfo's he still continued upon good terms speaking with great earnestness to with the prince of Conca.

Some imaginary being, sometimes His Jerusalem Conquered was the putting questions, and sometimes Jerusalem Delivered altered, or ragiving answers, in a manner so ther new written, with a view to pleasing, and with such elevation obviate the objections of the critics, of expression, that Manso had no by a conformity to their rules; and desire to interrupt him : the con about this time, being now in his versation at laft ended by the sup- 48th year, he published his new posed departure of the spirit; when and elaborate performance; but it Taffo, turning round to his friend, served only to prove that the critics aked if his doubts were removed; were mistaken, for it was received to which he made no reply, being with much less approbation than so much amazed that he gladly that in which he had delivered waved all farther conversation on himself up to the enthusiasm of the subject.

his genius, and in a short time was Finding his law-fuit not likely almost forgotten. It is said, that to be foon determined, he went he began a third corre&tion of his from Naples to Rome, where he poem, compounded partly of the continued about a year, in high fa- Jerusalem Delivered, and partly of vour with pope Sextus Quintus, the Jerusalem Conquerra; but this and then went to Florence,

at the he never complet pressing invitation of Ferdinando, Soon after the grand duke of Tuscany, who had Jerusalem Conquer been cardinal at Rome when Taffo drobandini fucceede first resided there.

tus to the papacy, Having spent about another year Clement the villth; at Florence, he returned again to nephews, Cynthio and Naples

, taking Rome in his way ; drobandini, were created on and the old prince of Conca being Cynthio, who was a great then dead, he accepted an apart of learning and genius, and ment in the palace of the young known Tallo when he last relid count of Paleno, who succeeded at Rome, prevailed with him on him, and there applied himself to more to leave his retreat at Naples, correct his Jerusalem Delivered, or and live with him in that city, rather to compose a new work,

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cied himself haunted by a spirit, time, and from thence proceeded that continually disordered his to Naples. books and papers; to which, how At Naples he immediately com, ever, the tricks played him by his menced a suit at law for the recokeepers might contribute. He con- very of his right, and divided his tinued, notwithstanding, to solịcit time between a prosecution of that the interposition of all the powers and his ftudies. Here he was foli: in Italy, to whom he could find cited by the young count of Palena means to apply, particularly the to accept an apartment in his paemperor and the pope, but with- lace. Tasso consented, but finding ont success. But it happened, that it not agreeable to the count's faafter he had been a prisoner seven ther, the prince of Conca, on acyears,

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young friend Vincentio count of Taffo's former attachment Gonzaga, who was then prince of to the family of Salerno, between Mantua, his father Guglielmo be- whom and Conca there had been an ing dead, came to Ferrara, among hereditary enmity, Taffo withdrew other great personages, during the not only from the palace but from festivals and rejoicings that were Naples, and retired to Bisaccio, held there on the marriage of Cæ- with one Giovanni Batista Manso

, far of Efte with Virginia of Me- with whom he had contracted an dicis. Vincentio greatly diftin. intimate friendship. guished himself on this occasion in At Bisaccio he lived in great the feats of chivalry, that were tranquillity with his friend Manso, usual in those days; and taking till the approach of the winter

, advantage of the infuence and ho- and then they returned again to pour which he had thus acquired, Naples, where the iffue of the lawhe urged Alphonso so earnestly ta fuit was still in sufpence. set Tasso at liberty, that he at last Tasso, who was now in his 45th confented, and Vincentio took him year, appeared to Manso, while with him to Mantua, he being then they were at Bifaccio, to be affected in the 42d year of his age. with a melancholy, which had very

At Mantua he lived about a year fingular effects : he therefore very in great favour with the prince, frequently questioned him about and in all the splendor and afluence them, and Tasso told him that he which the favour of great princes had a familiar spirit, with whom confers : but he was weary of a

he frequently and freely conversed: Aate of dependence, however splen- Manso treated this as an illusion, did and luxurious, and therefore but Taffo ftill affirmed it to be resolved to go to Naples, and en- real ; and telling him that the fpi: deavour to recover his mother's rit would meet and converse with jointure, which had been seized by him the next day, invited him to her relations, when he went into be present. Manso coming at the exile with his father Bernardo : hour appointed, faw Taffo fix his With this view he procured letters eyes with great earneftness upon a of recommendation to the viceroy, window, and perceiving him to and having taken leave of the continue without motion, he called prince of Mantua, he went first to him several times by his name; Bergamo, where he stayed fome Tado made no reply, but at length

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scried out with great vehemence, Conca, knowing how frequently There is the friendly spirit that Taffo had eloped from his friends « is come to converse with me : without warning, and being very “ look, and be convinced that anxious to keep possession both of the “ what I have said is true.” Manso poet and his work, caused him to looked, not without some furprise, be very narrowly watched, which but saw nothing except the sun- Taffo observing, and being dirbeams which shone through the pleased at it, found means to elude window : he was just going to ask his diligence, and retired to his where the pretended spirit was, friend Manso's, where, however, when he was prevented by Tafso’s he still continued upon good terms speaking with great earnestness to with the prince of Conca. some imaginary being, sometimes His Jerufalem Conquered was the putting questions, and sometimes Jerusalem Delivered altered, or ragiving answers, in a manner so ther new written, with a view to pleasing, and with such elevation obviate the objections of the critics, of expression, that Manso had no by a conformity to their rules; and desire to interrupt him : the con- about this time, being now in his versation at last ended by the sup- 48th year, he published his new posed departure of the spirit; when and elaborate performance ; but it Taffo, turning round to his friend, served only to prove that the critics ak:d if his doubts were removed ; were mistaken, for it was received to which he made no reply, being with much less approbation than so much amazed that he gladly that in which he had delivered waved all farther conversation on himself up to the enthusiasm of the subject.

his genius, and in a short time was Finding his law-fuit not likely almost forgotten. It is said, that to be soon determined, he went he began a third corre&tion of his from Naples to Rome, where he poem, compounded partly of the continued about a year, in high fa. Ferufalem Delivered, and partly of vour with pope Sextus Quintus, the Jerusalem Conquerea; but this and then went to Florence, at the he never compleated. pressing invitation of Ferdinando, Soon after the publication of his grand duke of Tuscany, who had Jerusalem Conquered, Hippolito Albeen cardinal at Rome when Tasso drobandini succeeded Sextus Quinfirst resided there.

tus to the papacy, by the name of Having spent about another year Clement the VIIIth; and his two at Florence, he returned again to nephews, Cynthio and Pietro AlNaples, taking Rome in his way ; drobandini, were created cardinals. and the old prince of Conca being Cynthio, who was a great patron then dead, he accepted an apart- of learning and genius, and had ment in the palace of the young known Tasso when he last resided count of Paleno, who succeeded at Rome, prevailed with him once him, and there applied himself to more to leave his retreat at Naples, correct his Jerusalem Delivered, or and live with him in that city. rather to compose a new work, When Taslo set out on this jourwhich he called the Jerusalem Con- ney, the confines of the ecclefiaftiguered. The young prince of cal state being greatly infefted with

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banditti, it was usual for travellers ing prevailed with the pope to to go together in large companies, confer upon him the honour of for security. Taffo therefore join- being publicly and folemnly ed himself to one of these companies; crowned with laurel in the Capitol. but when they came within light of He set out from Naples to reMola, a little town near Gaeta, ceive this honour, with a presage they received intelligence that Sci- ţhat he should never return; and, arra, a famous captain of robbers, in his way, stopped at the monastery was at hand with a body of men of mount Caslino, to pay his devogoo numerous for them to resist. ţions to the reliets of St. Benedict, Tasso advised that they should con for whom he had a particular vetinue their journey, and if they neration ; having spent the festival should be attacked, stand reso- of Christmas at this place, he prolutely upon their defence; but ceeded to Rome, where he arrived this was over-ruled; they threw in the beginning of the year 1595, themselves for safety into Mola; being then about 51 years old he where they remained for some time was met at the entrance of the city in a manner blocked up by the ban- by many prelates and persons of ditti; but their captain, Sciarra, distinction, and was introduced by hearing that Tasso was one of the the two cardinals to the

, company, fent a message to assure' complimented him by saying, him that he might pass in safety, " That his merit would confer as and offered himself to conduct him much honour on the laurel he was wherever he pleased. Taffo re about to receive, as the laurel had turned him thanks, but declined formerly conferred on others.” his offer, perhaps not thinking a Orders were immediately given to man of his character could be safe- decorate not only the pope's pa. ly trusted; but Sciarra fent a second lace, and the Capitol, but all the message, by which he informed principal streets through which the Taffo, that, upon his account, he proceslion was to pass : but Tasso, would withdraw his men, and whether from an habitual dejection leave the ways open. He accord- of mind, or a secret sensation of ingly did so, and Taffo continuing the first approaches of a disease his journey, arrived safely at Rome, which he apprehended would be where he was graciously welcomed, fatal, declared, that all these pomnot by the two cardinals only, but pous preparations would be in vain; by their uncle the pope himfelf. and being shewn a sonnet that was Here he continued till his goth composed on the occasion, by Heryear, and being then again weary cole Tasso, a relation, he replied of his situation, and desirous to by the following verse of Seneca, Profeente his law-fuit, he obtained permifion to retire once more to Magnifica verba mors propè admota Naples, where he took up his excistit. abode with the benedictine fathers, in the convent of St. Severin. It happened, that while they Cardinal Cynthio, however, found were waiting for fair weather to cemeans to recall him again to Rome, lebrate the folemnity, cardinal after a very short absence, hy hav- Cynthio fell fick, and before he

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