A New Biographical Dictionary: Containing a Brief Account of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Persons and Remarkable Characters in Every Age and Nation (Classic Reprint)
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Abell (jol - in) an English mu sician in the chapel royal of Charles 11. Celebrated for a fine counter tenor voice, and for his skill on the lute. Abell continued in the chal peltill the Revolution, when he was discharged as being a Papist. Upon this he went abroad, and at Warsaw met with a very extraordinary ado venture. He was sent For to court; but evading to go by some slight excuse, was commanded to attend. At the palace he was seated in a chair, in the middle of a spacious hall, and suddenly drawn up to a great height; when the king, with his attendants, appeared in a gallery oppos.te to him. At the same in stant a number of wild bears were turned in; when the king hid him choose whether he would sing or be let down among the bears. Abell chose to sing and declared after wards, that he never sung so well in his life.
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