Document ReferencePw V 351
TitleMS poem, entitled 'A Strange and Wonderfull Relation...', attributed to John Gay; n.d. [post 1718]
Date(1718 post)
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionText, which consists of fifteen 5-line verses with a refrain, is preceded by the note: 'An excellent New Ballad To the Tune of the Cutpurse'. Title has been altered, with 'Masquerade' following cancelled 'Opera House'. Text heavily revised throughout.

Text is a satire on the performances of John James Heidegger at the Haymarket Theatre.

For identification of Gay's autograph and suggested dating see P. Croft, Autograph Poetry (London, 1973) i, pp 64-67. Suggested attribution to Pope is discussed in correspondence from Robin Flower and Norman Ault to Francis Needham, 1939; see Pw V 1634.
Title Of WorkA Strange and Wonderfull Relation how the Devill Appeared last night At the Masquerade in the Hay-market. And how he carry'd away several People together with the Roof of the House, to the great Astonishment of all the Spectators.
First Line of PoemA House in the Hay-market yesterday stood
Last Line of PoemTo let in the Devil without e'er a ticket
Physical DescriptionOne sheet folded once, now two separate quartos
ConditionGood, has been repaired.
Descriptive FeaturesWatermark: Post Horn within ornate and crowned shield and figure 4 suspended under the shield, initial LVG at the base of figure 4, 100 x 55 mm
WatermarkHorn (crowned shield)
Related MaterialIndex, ELM III, GaJ 6
British Library: MS Add. 4808, f 117v
University of Nottingham Library: Pw V 352
Photographic copy of two verses from variant text, the original of which is in the British Library.
Publication NoteP. Croft, Autograph Poetry (London, 1973) i, pp 64-67.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1123Pope; Alexander (1688-1744); poet1688-1744
NA74515Heidegger; John James (c. 1659-1749); Mr; operatic managerc. 1659-1749
NA1118Gay; John (1685-1732); poet and dramatist1685-1732
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