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356                    CURIOSITIES OF MUSIC.
Saint-Martin and Campef orte who were present, each sang a part, and thus made a concerted piece which they sang around the bed, the king from time to time joining in with his own voit e.
He also wrote a " de Profundis," which was sung over him after his death.* The words still exist which were written by him for his now well-known "Amaryllis;" they were written for Madame de Hauteforte, and one of the verses
runs:—
Tu crois, o beau soleil! Q'ua ton eclat rien n'est pareil; Mais quoi! tu palis Aupres d'Amaryllis.t
Tallement speaks of a concert given once where one of his songs was sung four times, the king beating the measure. To these gatherings he would admit none who were not musical, and no women whatever, "for" said he, "they cannot keep 8ilent."%
Under Louis xiv., the opera became well known in France, nor was it any longer a borrowed spec­tacle, for Lulli in 1664 associated himself with Moliere in writing; the latter furnishing the libretti, which were in themselves of the best order. In 1672 he built a permanent opera house, (Academie Royale de Musique) and thus gave to France, what it had never before possessed,—a national opera.
There were, to be sure, a few French operas,
•Bibliotheque de Poche, t. Vm.,p 846
tlbidTol. II.,p.81L
t Hiitotiette d. U Marecbale de Themlnw, book 6, p. 198.






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