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WEST HORSELEY CHURCH. SURREY. In compliance with the order from H. T. W., Bengal (see G. W.'s Current Notes for July last, p. 61), the Church of his family burial-place is here represented, to the exclusion of much interesting matter, for which G. W. has to apologize to his Correspondents. RHYMING TOKENS.

Garrick's FriBBLERIAD).
Fulham. Sent. 1852. As a Collector of Curiosities connected with the

Drama, I have of course a copy of Garrick's Fribbleriad. Sir,—Your Correspondents, H. J. R. (August Cur

I wish to know, through the medium of Current rent Notes) and B. N. (Sep. C. N.) on the subject of

Notes, whether any other collector can and will oblige “ Rhyming Tokens,' appear to differ as to the meaning

me with information as to the characters introduced. of the following :

After the hero, Fitzpatrick, to whom Tom Davies has STRIKE LIGHT,

devoted one gossiping chapter in his Life of Garrick, WEIGH RIGHT.

there seems to be no clue to the speakers in the Fribble Grain is sold by strike measure, which means full level Conclave; nor am I sure that any real persons were and no more; now this is managed by a straight rule intended, but the spirit of the day would be sure to or strike sweeping off all that is piled above the edge introduce real, rather than fictitious characters, so that of the measure. Cheats, with a heavy hand, could so one would be glad to hear what well-read collectors bend down the strike in the middle, as to sweep off a have to say about Lord Trip, Sir Cock-a-doodle, Phil good deal below the level – therefore, strike light, Whiffle, Sir Diddler Patty-pan, and the Rev. Mister means strike with a light hand, that the measure may | Marjoram. be left full and level.

I am, sir, your subscriber and constant reader,
Mr. Willis.
E. Mr. Willis.

FELTIAM.

AMERICAN GO-A-HEADISM.

AMERICAN PROPHECY ON THE GOLD DISCOVERIES. September 20th.

The effect likely to be produced upon our population

by the recent discoveries in California, certainly seems SIR,- Allow me to suggest to your New York Cor- to tend towards a fulfilment of the almanac prophecy respondent (Current Notes for August, No. XX. p. 69,1 of 1798 : that the language he has addressed towards Mr. Dickens - When the country is ruled by a tailor bold, is neither civil nor polite, and is quite uncalled for, and

A beggar shall stitch with a thimble of gold." his insinuation respecting Lord Mahon unjustifiable. Pray, in what relation does Lord Mahon stand to Mr.

ANCIENT CHINESE LITERATURE. Dickens that they should thus be put side by side like two criminals? Do they write on the same subjects? A translation from the Chinese, entitled, The Cereand is there any similarity in their style? I think not. monial U sages of the Chinese, is a book forming a Further, his logic is bad we are said to patronize both category for itself. It is done into decent English by Lord Mahon and Mr. Dickens, and that the English W. Raymond Gingell, and the original being a work of patronize a snobbish taste and style. Yet he asserts great antiquity, bearing date eleven hundred and his lordship to be a gentleman, Mr. Dickens a snob. twenty years before Christ, it gives us some very Now it is quite clear that a gentleman and a snob are curious pictures of Eastern life prior to the siege of incompatible. Yet Lord Mahon is a gentleman, and | Troy and the building of the Pyramids, that is, supposing writes in a snobbish style. Mr. Dickens also writes in the old chronologies of the world could be reconciled or a snobbish style, but is not a gentleman. So it plainly | trusted! appears from your correspondent that, because Lord Mahon is a nobleman, that therefore he is a gentleman;

Was SHAKSPERE LAME? and because Mr. Dickens is not a nobleman, that there

SCHLEGEL says that sufficient use has not been made fore he is not a gentleman!

of Shakspere's Sonnets, as important materials for his It is a well-known fact that purse-proud people, as biography. Let us see what that might lead to. the Americans are, who originally were the offscouring Sonnet xxxvIII. he writes :

In of this country, which now they so ungraciously and undutifully assail, always look with supreme contempt

" As a decrepit father takes delight on those who are their superiors in education.

To see his active child do deeds of youth,
I am, sir, your obedient servant,

So I, made lame by fortune's dearest spite,
Mr. Willis.

AN ENGLISHMAN.

Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth."
And again, in Sonnet LxxxIx.
“ Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,

And I will comment upon that offence;
Beloe's SEXAGENARIAN.

Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt

Against thy reasons making no defence." SIR, -I lately purchased from your Catalogue al Was Shakspere lame?“ A question to be asked;" copy of the first edition of " Beloe's Sexagenarian" with

and there is nothing in the inquiry repugnant to poetic “a Manuscript Key to the Names,"—but I find that

justice, for he has made Julius Cæsar deaf in his left this MS. Key only deciphers thirty names in the first

ear. Where did he get his authority ? volume, and twenty-eight in the second-which bear no proportion to the number left unexplained. Can you or any of your Correspondents enable me to

Dr. Darwin's PROPHECY ON STEAM. procure a more complete list of the persons who are

The following curious prophecy is from Dr. Darwin's described in these volumes? which lose much of their “ Botanic Garden," published in 1789, but written, it is value and interest from the want of knowing precisely well known, at least twenty years before the date of its to what individuals they refer.

publication : In spite of the obloquy with which the work has been assailed in some quarters, I feel convinced that it is

“ Soon shall thy arm, unconquer'd Steam, afar a valuable piece of literary biography, delineating, with

Drag the slow barge, or drive the rapid car; little reserve perhaps, but still delineating truthfully,

Or on wide waving wings expanded bear

The flying chariot through the fields of air. the more prominent features of most of the various

Fair crews triumphant leaning from above characters which he had met with in the course of his

Shall wave their fluttering 'kerchiefs as they move; life. I confess my partiality to this sort of literary

Or warrior bands alarm the gaping crowd, gossip, and shall be much obliged by your furnishing

And armies shrink beneath the shadowy cloud: me with a more full and complete Index to the Names So mighty Hercules o'er many a clime mentioned in these volumes.

Waved his huge mace in virtue's cause sublime ; Your obedient servant,

Unmeasured strength with early art combined, Mr. Willis.

Paul Pry.

Awed, served, protected, and amazed mankind."

SPORTSMEN'S TERMS OF THE MIDDLE AGES. | known to be fictitious document, that it must be familiar to

most of the readers of G. W.'s Current Notes. The sporting vocabulary of the middle ages furnishes

It is neither more nor less than a common Jesuitical many terms curiously happy in description : a route of

school boy exercise, many specimens of which have been wolves ; a pace of asses; a barren of mules ; a tribe of

forwarded to G. W. goats; a skulk of foxes; a singular of boars; a ALBUM POETRY.-E. thanked. Specimens of the poetry sownder of wild swine; a harras of horses; a rag of of Saml. Rogers, May 13, 1839, although copied from colts; a richess of martens; a husk, or a down of his Autograph, were in print, or in ladies' albums, certainly hares; a clowder of cats ; a shrewdness of apes; and a thirty years before that date. Roscoe's lines are perlabor of moles. A hart was said to be harbored, a buck fectly familiar to the ear. So are those signed " J. Montlodged, a roe-buck bedded, a hare formed, a rabbit set, gomery," and dated from “ the Mount near Sheffield," &c. We have also a litter of whelps, and a cowardice

| Jan. 25, 1840. Bernard Barton's have probably been of curs.

printed, but they are not remembered, and therefore are

here printed or reprinted. THE ALCHYMISTS.

“My signature and date when penn'd Birmingham.

Thou’rt welcome to, my unknown friend,

They cost nor time, nor trouble ; SIR,— Your correspondent “A Customer and an

Though much, I think, my humble name, Alchymist" (Current Notes for July, No. XIX. p. 61].

And ininimum of minstrel fame, is informed that a list of books on Alchymy will be

Are both alike,--a bubble." found in the Bibliotheca Chymica of P. Borellus,

BERNARD BARTON. 12mo.; and that a “ Catalogue of Chymicall Books" Woodbridge, Suffolk, Oct. 16, 1848. was published in 1675 by William Cooper, Bookseller,

" A COLLECTOR OF Coins," Northampton, Oct. 9, will at the Pelican in Little Britain, London, 12mo. This

appear if he forwards 108 for engraving the Jetton ; the latter is in three parts; the first had been published

inscription on which he reads inaccurately. separately, and the two latter added, upon the work

C. M. J. versus the Senior Church Warden, 20th Sept. being appended to the “ Philosophical Epitaph of W. C., M. A. S. (Falstaff's Comic Annual), 1st Oct.-A. F. K. Esg." London, 12mo. 1673. It is under this title that (Francis Hanksbee) 2nd October-F. W. E. (Nursery your correspondent must search for the Catalogue which | Rhymes)-L. (The Fate of Genius, King's Bench Walk, will be found to contain a most curious and complete Temple)-R. (Theodore Hook)-F. W. Fairholt, 11 Montlist of Chemical—or what is the same Alchemical - works | pelier Square, Brompton (Hone's History of Parody)-B. published in Europe up to that time.

N. (Bermondsey Tokens), and T. F. D. C. (Joseph AshMr. Willis.

WILLIAM BATES. bury and Oxberry's Dramatic Chronology) thanked, and

in type, but must stand over. Albert Smith and his “ Soft

Soap” on albums received too late as a puff to do him any ALDERMAN DowDEN'S BOTANY OF THE BOHEREENS.

good. Will look again at it. Northampton, Sept. 28, 1852. Apropos of Alderman Dowden and his “Botany of the Bohereens," (Current Notes, August, p. 70, and Sept. Literary and scientific Obituary. p. 79) allow me to say that Bohereens, about which Î. H. enquires, means green lanes, and not any parti- BARNES, John. (Director of the Construction of Steam cular district. “Botany of the Bohereens" means the Engines and Vessels for the Service of the Messageries Botany of the Green Lanes therefore. Mrs. Crawford Nationales of France). La Clotat, near Marseilles. has used the word in one of her popular songs,

24th September. Aged 54. « Oh, Dermot Asthore ! how his fond heart would flutter

BRADFIELD, Henry Joseph. Poet. Suicide. St. Alban's

Hotel, Haymarket. 11th October. Aged 45.
When I met thee by night in the shady boreen,"

COLBY, Thomas (Major-General).
G. J. De W.

Ordnance Survey.
R. E. Liverpool. 2nd October.

FINDEN, William. Engraver. Upper Cheyne-row, ChelCAMPBELL'S ADELGITHA.

sea. 20th September. Aged 66.

FISHER, William (Rear Admiral). Novelist. 38, Bland. It is not very clear what is the nature of the clue

ford Square. . 30th September. Aged 72. which A. K. (Current Notes for September, p. 78) seeks

LITTA, Pompeo (Count). Italian Genealogist and Anti. respecting Campbell's Adelgitha. The Poem is to be

quary. 17th August. found in every edition of his collected works. W.

Thomson, Thomas. "Edinburgh Reviewer, Edinburgh.

2nd October. TO CORRESPONDENTS.

Townsend, Thomas Stuart, D.D. (Lord Bishop of Meath).

Theology and Education. Malaga. 16th September. P.S. P. (30th Sept.) thanked; but the letter ascribed to Aged 51. Richelieu has been so often printed in translation, with WELSFORD, Henry. Philologist. London Street, Fitzroy similar imitations of the style in English of this well Square. October 4.

FOR THE MONTH.

No. XXIII.]

“ I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book.”-SHAKSPERE.

[November, 1852.

Was SHAKSPERE LAME?

Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault, Tais question, first suggested, I believe, by Capell,

And I will comment upon that offence;

Speak of my lameness and I straight will halt, and now revived by your Correspondent (Current Notes,

Against thy reason making no defence." p. 8), can only have arisen, as it seems to me, from an inconsiderate perusal of the passages which have led to

This, amplified into prose, would read, I imagine :

“ Whenever you may be disposed to make me appear the supposition, and a disregard of the immediate context. Nevertheless, a few words upon the subject may |

as of little worth, and set my qualities in a contemptible not be thonght wholly supererogatory, as the belief has,

| light, I, taking part with thec against myself, will aid somehow, obtained the sanction of high authority-that

| thee in thy object, so that, forsworn as thou art, no of Sir Walter Scott, for instance, who seems to have

suspicion may arise of thy candour and truth. introduced Shakspere into his novel of " Kenilworth "

“ So great indeed is my love-so entirely is my exfor no other purpose than to make a gratuitous allusion; to his deformity, “ He is a stout man at quarter-staff,

istence and its interests absorbed in thine, that I will

bear any imputation-however unmerited-rather than and single falchion," says the novelist, “ though, as I am told, a halting fellow."

make thee appear cruel and unjust, by shewing the In Sonnet xxxvII. I must admit, that there appears

falsity of it. to be some ambiguity of meaning :

“ Thus, ascribe your desertion of me to some fault of “ As a decrepit father takes delight

mine-whatever that may be I will speak of it as if I To see his active child do deeds of youth ;

were actually guilty ; shouldst thou say that I labour So 1, made lame by Fortune's dearest (direst?) spite, under some bodily infirmity-lameness, for instanceTake all my comfort of thy worth and truth :"

I would actually assume a limp, lest by my upright gait but it will surely be evident, that as in the first t wo

discredit might be thrown upon thy assertion." lines the illustration is purely physical, the senile de

Now if I have taken an erroneous view, and Shakspere crepitnde of the father being opposed to the youthful

was actually lame, his promise to “make no defence"

in case of his imperfection being alluded to, becomes vigour of his offspring ; so in the two latter, Shakspere,

simply ridiculous, and he would scarcely make a proproceeding in the adulatory vein of the preceding sonnets, has ascribed to himself a merely moral or social

mise to “halt,” and claim merit for so doing, if he

could not help it. What, too, can he mean by “bearinferiority, to heighten by the contrast the “ worth and truth" of his idolized friend. But if this interpretation

ing all wrong," unless some injustice were done to him

in the accusations, of which he immediately after of the passage be not accepted, and the literal meaning be insisted on, I must take refuge in the 9th line of the

speaks ; and “ fighting against himself " can only mean

in this place, his assenting to injurious imputations. same sonnet

Indeed, except upon the supposition of his moral and phy“So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised," sical integrity, the two Sonnets, from which I have quoted, and ask with Malone, “If the words are to be under- / lose all point and force, and become simply absurd. stood literally, we must then suppose that our admired! It may be also asked, how can the fame which it is poet was also voor and despised, for neither of which I known Shakspere attained by his performance of the suppositions there is the smallest ground."

Ghost in Hamlet-his greatest character- be reconciled I now proceed to quote from Sonnet Lxxxix. the other

with the notion of his physical deformity. passage in which Shakspere is supposed to assert his

Your correspondent will find that Charles Knight, in lameness; placing before it a few lines from the pre

his “ Shakspere, a Biography," has made considerable ceding sonnet, which tend to illustrate what I conceive

and ingenious use of the Sonnets; and the matter which to be its only true meaning. The italics are my own :

they, as well as the Dramatic works, afford, for the

elimination of an imaginative biography of the great " When thou shalt be disposed to set me light,

Bard, has been still further improved in a clever and And place my merit in the eye of scorn,

amusing little volume, entitled “Shakspere's AutoUpon thy side, against myself, I'll fight,

biographical Poems, being his Sonnets clearly developed, And prove thee virtuous though ihou art forsworn.

with his character drawn chiefly from his works, by

Charles Armitage Brown." London, James Bohn, 1838,
Such is my love, to thee I so belong
That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.

pp. 306.
| Birmingham, Nov. 1852.

William Bates.

PIENICIAN INSCRIPTIONS.

AN ALLEGORY OF MORTALITY. I HAVE somewhere read, that Bishop Clayton offered! The following stanzas from “ Ritson's Ancient Songs a considerable sum of money for a copy of all the inscrip- and Ballads," vol. 1, p. 15. He says that it is prefixed, tions in the Wady Elmocatteb, in order that an attempt though not connected with a ballad in French, on the might be made to interpret them: I am, therefore, in- death of Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester, slain at clined to think that the learned readers of your excellent the Battle of Evesham, 4th August, 1265. It presents “ Current Notes” will not object to have a little peep the same play upon words as in the verses inserted in into the general character of these compositions, which the “ Current Notes," vol. 1, p. 78, entitled “An Allehave, of late, excited some little curiosity.

gory of Mortality." The version in the Harleian MSS. I have diligently read, here and there, many of the mentioned by “T. R.” (p. 82), might possibly prove a 187 collected in the Transactions of the Royal Society connection of the two, as parts of one original. of Literature, and beg you to admit three of them “ Erthe toc of erthe erthe wyth woh among your interesting notes.

Erthe other erthe to the erthe droh No. i6. “ The soldiers of the army of the Rephaim,

Erthe ley de erthe in erthe ne throh being confounded at the terrible peals of thunder, were

Tho hevede erthe of erthe erthe ynob.” put to flight at Murait, in the neighbourhood of Sina,

Sylv. by the spears of the sons of Turk” (the eldest son of Japhet).

JOHN EVELYN, Esq. No. 14. “I am left at the murmuring sound, at Sina, In the blank leaf of a copy of the “ Sylva" of this weak and afflicted with grief."

great general scholar, in the possession of the philoNo. 1. “At Sina, the star of the constellation Virgo sophical editor of the last edition of that useful work, is shot forth a diffusion of rays in the midst of heaven ; the following inscription : the inner circle being of a white" (pearl) “colour, and

To the memory the outer circle being of a golden colour.

Of John Evelyn, Esq.
Nathan Hafi, the Grandfather.” A man of great learning, of sound judgment,
The star here described, is given in the same terms

and of extensive benevolence. in Chinese, Sanscrit, Persian, &c. records. See a pic

From an early entrance into public life, ture of it in Kæmpfer's Amenitates Exoticæ, p. 313.

to an extreme old age, These writings have, I think, been represented as the

He considered himself as living only for the benefit

of Mankind. handy-work of the Israelites during their passage through

Reader, the Wady Elmocatteb; but, independent of the idea

Do justice to this illustrious character, that the Israelites either could not, or would not have

And be confident, been allowed to engrave figures on a rock ; the inscrip

That as long as there remains one page of his tions themselves shew that they were the work of those

voluminous writings, who made a pilgrimage to Sina, or passed through the And as long as Virtue and Science hold their valley to or from Jerusalem, etc., to which may be ad

abode in this Island, ded, that the language is not Hebrew, but Phænician.

The memory of the illustrious EVELYN I think I may also venture to affirm that there is no

will be held in the highest veneration. such thing as a catalogue of proper names in the whole In the Dedication to the English translation of the valley. According to the specimens in my possession, celebrated Life of Peyresc, by Gassendi, Mr. Evelyn is there are not more than three or four proper names deservedly styled the English Peyresc; Mr. Evelyn, in contained in twenty inscriptions.

the general extent of his knowledge, and in his ardent I am, sir, yours very truly,

zeal for the improvement and communication of science

T. R. BROWN. and of literature, completely resembling that learned October 28th, 1852.

Counsellor of the Parliament of Aix in Provence.

The translation was some time ago presented to a NURSERY Rhymes.

great niece of Mr. Evelyn, a lady of great talents for Your fair Correspondent, Amelia L- (Current epistolary writing. Notes for September, p. 76) who seems prizzled about

Some races are for talents fam’d, the jingle,-a well known one I may add, of

And parallels display ; “ Three Fish and three Lions

England's Peyresc is Evelyn nam’d,

His niece its Sévigné. Set the Ring at defiance," may readily see by the Corporate Seal of Kingston

ARMS OF THE ISLE OF MAN. upon Thames its historic reference to that town; and “ My signet-my signet-Oh! you mean that with this jingle is traditionally said to have been the manner the three monstrous legs, which I suppose was devised in which Lilly, the astrologer, communicated to Charles as the most preposterous device, to represent our most 1. that the Corporation of Kingston was actually at the absurd majesty of Man."- Peveril of the Peak, vol. ï. command of the Parliament.

VERBUM SAPIENTI.

F. W. E.

p. 73.

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