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Handel was one of the most humorous of mor�tals, and at the same time one of the most irritable. His best jokes were perpetrated frequently during his most violent bursts of passion. Having occasion to bring out one of his oratorios in a provincial town of England, he began to look about for such material to complete his orchestra and chorus as the place might afford. One and another was recommended, is usual, as being a splendid singer, a great player, and so on. After a while these were gathered to�gether in a room, and, after preliminaries, Handel made his appearance, puffing, both arms full of man�uscripts. "Gentlemen," quoth he, "you all read manuscripts?" "Yes, yes." responded from all parts of the room. " We play in the church," added an old man behind a violoncello. "Very well, play
dis," said Handel, distributing the parts. This done, and a few explanations delivered, Handel retired to a distant part of the room to enjoy the effect The stumbling, fumbling and blundering that ensued is said to have been indescribable. Handel's sensitive ear and impetuous spirit could not long brook the insult, and clapping his hands to his ears, he ran to the old gentleman of the violoncello, and shaking his fist furiously at the terrified man and the instru�ment, said, * You blay in de church!�very well� you may blay in de church�for we read, De Lord is long suffering, of great kindness, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin; you sal blay in de church, but you sal not blay for me I" and snatching together his manuscripts, he rushed out of the room, leaving his astonished performers to draw their own conclusions.
J. W. Cherry. C. Matz Arr.
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