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Taylor, the Water Poet, says, that Edward the in Bliss's edition of Ant. Wood. The beginning of the Sixth's shillings are for the most part used at shoove-game is thus described :board, and makes one of them thus complain ;
“ He who begins the strife does first compose “You see my face is beardlesse, smooth and plain,
His fingers like the purse's mouth which shews Because my soveraigne was a child 'tis knowne
A shilling in the lips, and then the length When as he did put on the English crowne ;
Being exactly weighed (not with brute strength) But had my stamp been bearded as with haire,
But with advised wary force bis hand Long before this it had been worne out bare;
Shoots the flat bullets forth: it doth not stand For why? with me the unthrifts every day
With art to use much violence, for so With my face downwards do at shoveboard play,
They slip aside the measur'd race, or go That had I had a beard you may suppose
Into the swallowing pit.” Th' had worn it off as they have done my nose."
MONKBARNES. SHOVELBOARD, according to Douce, seems only to
anchester. have been a variation of shovegroat on a larger scale. SULLIVAN, THE WHISPERER.-- Crofton Croker in the It was formerly in great repute among the nobility and Fairy Legends of Ireland, giving an account of this noted gentry. Strutt remarks, that few of their mansions
| horsebreaker, says, “How his art was acquired, and in were without a shovelboard, which was a fashionable
what it consisted, is likely to be for ever unknown." The piece of furniture. Dr. Plott in his Natural History of
following receipt for horse taming occurs in Thomas Staffordshire mentions a remarkable one in the hall at
Lupton's Thousand Notable Things, 1675, and may, Chartley, and another at Madeley Manor. Fynes
perhaps, tend to elucidate this “knotty point." Moryson in his Itinerary, describing the person and
“ Beasts that be stubborn and wild, and also horses that accomplishments of Charles Lord Mountjoy, Regent of
will wince or kick, or otherwise be unruly, will not suffer Ireland, says, He delighted in study, in gardens, in themselves to be drest or to be shod, if you put into one of riding on a pad, to take the air, in playing at shovel- | their ears a little round flint stone, and then hold the ear board, at cards, and in reading of play books for recrea bard with your hand, and it will make them quiet, though tion, and especially in fishing and fish ponds. A curious they be fierce. But if you put into either ear one you shall anecdote is recorded of Prince Henry, the eldest son of have them as mild as a sheep. Mizaldus had this as proved." James I. “Once when the Prince was playing at Shoofle
A YORKSHIREMAN. board, and in his play changed sundry pieces, his tutor being desirous that he should not be new fangled, said to him that he did ill to change so oft, and therewith took a piece in his hand, and saying that he would play well enough therewith without changing, threw the piece on the board, yet not so well but the Prince smiling thereat said, Well thrown, Sir!' whereupon Master Newton telling him that he would not strive with a prince at Shoote-board, he answered, “You gownsmen should be best at such exercises, being not meet for those that are more stirring.' 'Yes,' quoth Master Newton, I am meet for whipping of boys.' And hereupon the prince answered, • You need not vaunt of that which a ploughman or cart driver can do better than you. Yet can I do more,' said Master Newton, 'for I can govern foolish children. The prince respecting him, even in jesting, came from the other end of the table, and smiling, said, while he passed by him, "He had need be a wise man himself that could do that.'"
In the Inventory of Goods taken at Ludlow Castle belonging to Charles I. 1650, we have not only the “shovel board” room, but one large shovell board table, seven little joined forms, one side table, and a court cupboard were sold to Mr. Bass for the sum of £2. 10s. Dryden thus alludes to this "royal” game :
“So have I seen in hall of Lord
A weak arm throw on a long shovelboard ;
He barely lays his piece." And again in the Wild Gallant: “ He might have passed his time at nine pins or shovelboard; that had
LONDON IN THE OLDEN TIME. been fit sport for such as he.”
Though the story of Whittington and his Cat has been The game is graphically described in a poem entitled, consigned to the nursery, “ children of a larger growth” “Mensa Lubrica," written both in Latin and English may be interested with the above sketch of an old house by Thomas Master. The English poem is cited at large in Sweedon's Passage, Grub Street, which tradition has
assigned as the residence of that famous “ citizen of 467 Harpax gave to the poor all by his will,
476 When Codrus catcheth fleas whate'er he ails,
He kills them with his teeth, not with his nails,
Saying, that man by man may blameless go,
If every one would use backbiters so.
On Poetical Blinks. 12mo. Lond. 1667.
He nine ways looks, and needs must learned be It is curious to trace the pedigree of a joke and the That all the Muses at one yiew can see. antiquity of an epigram. Sallies of wit, like jewels,
A BOOKWORM. descend as a family heir-loom, and only require re British Museum. setting for each succeeding generation. Sparkling jests and pointed satire, which fall from the lips of Martial in the Courts of Verus and Domitian, flash bright
MS. NOTES UPON POPE BY WILKES.—The Grenville amongst the wits who clustered round the throne of
Library contains a copy of Pope's Works, with numeElizabeth ; outlive the sombre days of Puritan starch
rous MS. notes by Wilkes. These volumes are now ness, to enliven the gay hours of the Merry Monarch, |
before me, and illustrate a passage in Nichols' Literary again to shine in the pages of a modern Joe Miller.
Anecdotes, which may not be generally known. It is The curious “Metrical Olio" I have quoted, was
stated, that Wilkes“ strongly recommended Dr. Warton popular with our ancestors. It contains some rude
to engage with him jointly in a new edition of Pope's woodcuts, and a frontispiece by Marshall; and appears
Works. Although, for some reason I have been to be only an enlarged edition of " Wits' Recreations,”
unable to ascertain, he did not continue this project, which was first published in 1641. Most of the Epigrams
1 yet, that he furnished considerable assistance to Warmay be traced to the earlier collections of Thomas Free
ton, is evident from the subjoined:man, Henry Fitzgeffery, and Henry Parrot.
“January 22, 1792.
" You will greatly oblige me if you will let me have a 5 When man and woman dies as poets sung,
sight of the volumes of Pope you mentioned last night, of His heart's the last that stirs, of her's the tongue.
which you may depend the greatest care shall be taken; 26 Thou still art muttering, Aulus, in mine ear,
and I will return them to you before I leave town, and no Love me and love my dog, I will I swear ;
soul shall see them,
“Jos WARTON." Thou ask'st but right, and, Aulus, truth to tell,
Upon comparing these volumes with the edition I think thy dog deserves my love as well.
shortly afterwards published by Warton, I find that 43 Sextus doth wish his wife in heaven were;
most of the MS, notes were made use of by him, and Where can she have more happiness than there?
that he acknowledges, that to the taste and erudition 67 The burnt child dreads the fire, if this be true,
of Mr. Wilkes he was indebted for many remarks in Who first invented tongs its fury knew.
illustration of his favourite writer. 91 Neat barber trim I must commend thy care,
Those which Warton has omitted to publish, I forWhich dost all things exactly to a hair.
ward for insertion in the Current Notes.
E. 105 Jack Cutpurse is and bath been patient long, For be's content to pocket up much wrong.
“ While one there is who charms us with bis spleen.” 163 Dracus his head is highly by him borne,
Moral Essays, 1. 62. And so by straws are empty heads of corn. 164 A courtier proud walking along the street
“ And makes her hearty meal upon a dunce." II. 86. Happen'd by chance a scholar for to meet;
Virtue you affect, inconstancy's your practise, The courtier said, minding nought more than place,
And when your loose desires once get dominion Unto the scholar (meeting face to face),
No hungry churl feeds coarser at a feast ; To take the wall base men I'll not permit;
Every rank fool goes down, The scholar said, I will, and gave him it.
Otway's Orphan, 278 Tusser ! they tell me when thou wert alive,
“ Then the Bust Thou teaching thrift thyself could'st never thrive,
And Temple rise, then fall again to dust.” II. 139. So like the whetstone many men are wont
This alludes to a Temple she erected with a Bust of Queen To sharpen others when themselves are blunt.
Anne in it, which mouldered away in a few years. 356 Celsus doth love himself, Celsus is wise, For now no rival e'er can claim his prize.
“All eyes direct their rays
On him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze." 453 A pedant ask'd a puny right and bold In an hard frost the Latin word for cold;
Parody of Addison :
Dunciad II. 8. I'll tell you out of hand, quoth he, for lo,
Whilst all his gracious aspect praise, I have it at my fingers' ends you know.
And cronds grow loyal as they gaze.
“ Great C- H- P- R- K—,"
IV. 545. | DRAWINGS BY POPE - G. M. p. 47, is referred to a Cowper, Harcourt, Parker, Raymond, King. passage in Spence's Anecdotes : “I have seen of Pope's “ Man never is but always to be blest.”
drawing a grave old Chaucer from Occleve, a Beterton, a
Lucius Verus, large profile, two Turkish heads, a Janizary
from the life, Antinous, and St. John praying.” Victuros agimus semper nec vivimus unquam.
GEORGE LANGDALE. Manilius. “Chaos of thought and passion all confus’d.”
IV. 13. Imitation : Quelle chimere est ce donc que l'homme ? Quelle nouveaute, quel cahos, quel sujet de contradiction ? Juge de toutes choses, imbecile ver de terre; depositaire du vrais, amas d'incertitude, gloire et rebut del univers.--Pascal.
"Happy to steer From grave to gay, from lively to severe.” IV. 379.
d'une voix legere Passer du grave au doux, du plaisant au severe.
Boileau. " And he who now to sense, now nonsense leaning, Means not but blunders round abuut a meaning."
Epistle to Arbuthnot, 185. Johnson, author of the Victim and Cobler of Preston.
ichid TEET It is not poetry but prose run mad.
Additions to the Miscellanies.
of Apollo, Venus and Hercules.
And strong as Hercules.
DIRTY DICK'S SHOP.
The residence of this inveterate “enemy of soap and Come fill the South Sea goblet full,
towels" is thus described in an Ode in the European The gods shall of our stock take care;
Who but has seen (if be can see at all)
'Twixt Aldgate's well-known pump and Leadenhall,
A curious hardware shop, in general full
Begrim'd with dirt behold its ample front,
See festoon'd cobwebs pendant o'er the door,
While boxes, bales, and trunks are strew'd around the floor.
Behold, how whistling winds and driving rain
Save where the dingy tenant keeps them out
With urn or tray, knifecase or dirty clout. had very superior abilities, and Lord B. had a silly jealousy
Here snuffers, waiters, patent screws for corks; of her that his friends admired her more than himself.
There castors, cardracks, cheese-trays, knives and forks. ile used frequently to say to her in company, “ Allons,
Here empty cases pild in heaps on high; Ma avec vos episodes." She came to Exaland, wri? There packthread, papers, rope, in wild disorder lie. vately to solicit Lord B.'s return, and made interest so
GRAMMATICAL INFLECTIONS IN LANGUAGE. effectually with the Duchess of Kendall, that George I. gave his promise before Walpole or any of the ministers
| Will you allow me to set before the learned readers knew that any such thing was in agitation. Yet Walpole of “ Current Notes,” the earliest instances I am able to afterwards supported the measure in Parliament, and that produce on this subject? This I do, in the hope that first broke him with Lord Cobham, who had vowed never those who have access to a public library, may pursue to forgive Bolingbroke.
the subject, if possible, to its origin.
Every one knows that one of the most ancient lan- | place-love destroyed-daylight far beyond-pardon guages, viz, the Chinese, is without inflections, and may there none-beauty, beauty destroyed - the abode of therefore really be said to be without an instituted and famine, and woe, and blasphemy (there)-the good particular grammar. The Hebrew, till some time after tongue, lastly, not there.” the Exodus, seems to have had only prefixes, affixes, The Ape, in the foregoing portion, represents Eblis. participial forms, distinctions of number, and a very few See the Dendera ceiling, near the centre; and picture inflections of the substantive verb. The Babylonian, of the last judgment, in Spineto's Hieroglyphs, tab. 5. Nineveh, Persian, and Behistan cuneiforms, together Brick in British Museum. “ House of land of Ava, with the Phænician, Punic, Scandinavian and Egyptian conquered by Wakham ; lord of authority in the land dialects, were, for the most part, almost bare of inflec-(is) he.” tions. The Egyptian on the Rosetta Stone, relating the Literaturæ Hetruscæ Specimen. " The multitude deeds, &c. of Ptolemy (Lagus ?), and the Wady Elmu- lived on horses; the youths, with accompanying females; katteb inscriptions, even up to the time of our Saviour's the loving wife, the delight of a good husband; the birth, are also of this description. They all may be com- young ox and cow with their own calf, were all around.” pared to the simple speech of an untutored African of the This last specimen, probably as old as the others, if present day. I will adduce two remarkable instances in not older than some, is the only one written with inflecthe Scandinavian from “ Henselii Synopsis Universæ tions such as we find in the polished Sanscrit of the prePhilologiæ,” p. 84. tab. 2; one in the Egyptian cursive, sent day. The Bhagavad Gita is supposed to have been from the Rosetta Stone; one in the Cuneiform, from a written in the eighteenth century of the world. See brick I copied in the British Museum; and one from the Maurice, Indian Antiquities, vol. i. p.7; and the construc. same tab. in Henselius, called “ Literaturæ Hetruscæ tion is the same as in modern works. The conclusion to Specimen," written in Scandinavian characters, but be drawn is therefore this; that the Hindoo seems to be composed in the Sanscrit language.
the first, by many centuries, who formed what Wilkins Henselius. Wende Runee Salmungensis.—“Won-calls an “Instituted and Particular Grammar;" and derful Abram, touch at, on wave, in ship, Brata. Father formed it, in all probability, for the purpose of transmitof him, priest to the spirits on the bull, Asiatic god," i.e. ting to writing an accurate and compact view of his The illustrious Abram, whose father was a priest to thoughts and sentiments.
T. R. BROWNE. the spirits Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, whose type was Southwick, near Oundle. the sacred bull, came by sea, in a ship, to Brata (situated near the bay, the Sinus Syrticus.)
TO CORRESPONDENTS. Henselius. Lapis Rocstadensis in Helsingia.
R. Hitchcock. Ogham Inscriptions unsuitable for our “ Adam Brusai, great grandfather Noah, long distance columns. in ship, travelling safely; a promiscuous multitude of Dryasdust. Hydropathy in our next. people, all with spears, into this haven, now the name W. B. S. The Tablets will be shortly engraved. minor haven, sea-port, sea-girt Meninx, go southward, rest for sons to find. Go the journey ten newly married
Literary and Scientific Obituary. women. From the town, fathers, virgins, companions of the voyage, hasten sailing to find in neighbouring Bailey, John Gordon. June 9. Aged 29, by suicide. province rest near;" i. e.
Medical Works. Adam Brusai, the great grandson of Noah, after a Bouton, M. de. Aged 73. One of the inventors of the long voyage, arrived in safety at Meninx in the Syrtis Minor, accompanied with a promiscuous multitude armed CARTER, James. June 1. Aged 61. Memoirs of a with spears, and intending to go southward, to find a Working Man. quiet abode for their families. After having married Cockton, Henry. The Novelist. June 26. ten virgins of the city, they, with fathers and their Cooke, Rev. George Leigh. March 29. Aged 73. Na. families accompanying them, hasten their departure, to tural Philosophy. obtain a peaceful abode in the province of the Syrtis Comen, Sir Robert Buckley. May 23. Aged 62. His. Major.
tory of the Western Empire. To these two might be added the Phænician account
Duval, George. May. Aged 91. French Dramatist, of the Atlantic (or universal) deluge, engraved on stone
Everson, James. July 12. Aged 55. Editor of the
Christian Advocate. 700 years after the event, and also the Caucasian
Honan, Michael Burke. July. Adventures of “Our account of the same, written on the north side of the
Own" Correspondent. pillar of Alahabad.
Hudson, William Eliot. Recently. The Citizen, Irish Rosetta Stone. “He (Horus) coming to unfold the
Antiquities. mouth-promise (given) before, took the water the extre- Jonghe, M. de. Aged 60. History of the Netherlands. mities of Egypt, in the month Phamenoth. (His) glory Maddox, w. Artist. June 26. Aged 40. (shall) rise, and become the sepulchre of the Ape. (In MELVIN, James, Dr. Aged 58. Latin Grammar. his dominion, hell) punishment, punishment (shall) con- Rollin, M. April 10. Aged 75. Numismatist. sume for ever.—The mercy of heaven flee away from the SILVER, Rev. Thomas. March 8. Aged 79. Pamphlets.
FOR THE MONTH.
"I will make a prief of it in my Note-Book."-SHAKSPERE.
The New LITANY, 1659.- Parodies were very | FacetiÆ.—“The Eccentricities of John Edwin, Comefashionable during the civil wars and subsequent reign dian, collected from his MSS., and enriched with seveof “the Merry Monarch.” A crop-headed puritan ral hundred original Anecdotes by Anthony Pasquin. knave, with demure face, and long-winded pourings 8vo., London.” forth of the spirit, was a capital subject for the Cavalier | The eighteenth century presents to our notice a brilwits of the day, who accordingly employed all the liant galaxy of professed wits. George Selwyn's keenness of their satirical talents in ridiculing his hy- bons-mots were repeated at “the club." Foote's pocritical cant and fondness for spiritual text and hymn and Bannister's repartees enlivened the “Green-room," of nasal twang.
and “set the table in a roar.” The work I have The New Litany commences with the following invo quoted contains some good things," worthy of cation.
remembrance, even at the present day, when Punch From a senseless Mayor, not fit to rule hogs,
publishes an exuberance of jokes ; and its rival Diogenes From such as obey him, like spaniel dors,
is fast struggling into favour. From summer's heats and winter's fogs,
The efficacy of dress, in every class of society, has been
Libera nos, Domine, From the Anabaptists and shivering Quakers,
universally admitted. The following anecdote proves how From such as rule us like bow-legged Bakers,
even the passions may be subjugated by apt alterations to
the exterior, and produce, agreeably to the wish, either deFrom those that undo us, yet are good lawmakers,
light or disgust. Garrick, in the early part of his life, per
Libera no3, Dumine. From being taken in a disguise;
formed Ranger with most uncommon spirit, and so well
dressed and looked the part, that a young lady of great From Sir George Booth, and his Cheshire lies,
family, fortune, and high expectations fell violently in love From such as brought hither that devil Excise ;
with him. Her friends finding it in vain to reason with her,
Libera nos, Domine. From dissembling presbyters, and their plots ;
and dreading her forming a matrimonial connection with
a player, took her to see him enact Scrubb. The very conFrom English, forty times worse Scots; From those that for our estates cast lots ;
tempatible appearance he made in that part wrought a perfect Libera nos, Domine.
cure. Garrick, when a wooer, was, himself, so conscious of the
pitiful figure he made in that character that he gave direcFrom the city militia, that stare like Hectors;
tions to his box-keeper that if any of Lord Burlington's serFrom such as are the state protectors;
rants applied for places he should say, they were all taken, From taxes, redcoats, and projectors ;
Libera nos, Domine
Charles Fox told an insolent fellow he would kick him
to h-11. If you do, said the other, I'll tell your father From such as wound us with their tongues;
how you are squandering his money. From the Anabaptists' poisonous lungs; Those beasts that would cast our bells into guns ;
When Theatric Performers intend to abridge an act or Libera nos, Domine.
play, they are accustomed to say we will John Audley it. From such as value their trades, not religion;
It originated thus:- In the year 1749 Shuter was master From those that believe every ignorant Widgeon
of a droll at Bartholomew fair, in West Smithfield, and it Hate Kings, yet love the Mahometan pidgeon,
was his mode to lengthen the exhibition, until a sufficient Libera nos, Domine.
number of persons were gathered at the door to fil From empty purses, and clothes that are rent;
house. This event was signified by a fellow popping his From the public faith whose credit is spent;
head in at the gallery door, and bellowing out John AudFrom Oliver's fiery tenement;
ley! as if in an act of inquiry, though the intention was to Libera nos, Donine.
let Shuter know that a fresh audience were in high expectaFrom a country justice that looks very big ;
tion below. The consequence of this notification was that From a Chancery suit, and a Common law jig;
the entertainments were instantly concluded, and the gates From the Earl of Essex's Italian fix ;
of the booth thrown open for a new auditory. Libera nos, Domine.
| When Theophilus Cibber made his dramatic essay, the From dissembling sects, and their goygle eyes;
newspapers of the day reviled him for his improprieties. From believing of the printed lies;
Theophilus ran inmediately to his father, Colley Cibber, From rogues and from republic spies;
and with tears in his eyes exhibited the paragraph. “ Be
Libera nos, Domine. pacified, you idiot,” said Colley, angrily, “if you wish to From such as can run, yet are counterfeit creeples; be noticed you must be scandalized; and d'ye hear, when your From those that threaten to pull down steeples;
enemies cease to abuse you in the public prints, do you From such as stand by as dull as beetles;
Libera nos, Domine, When that prodigy of musical excellence, Charles IncleClarendon Square.
A. J. E. 'don, was at Salisbury, a singular manæurre was practised VOL. III.