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p. 52), I ventured to propound other meanings of scratches his head, and with the other rubs his them than that given by the writer of the lines, in stomach, while his eyes glance sideways, watching this way. This saying is also said to be derived the process of the tolling out' with delighted from the cries of schoolboys, on the announcement satisfaction.” The carving is remarkably spirited. of holidays, which was, “Let's singe Old Rose and The drawing was by Mr. De Wilde, and the illusburn libellos,” which signified, “Let us singe Ola tration was engraved in wood by his son, Mr. Rose's wig, and burn our books." In process of Rex De Wilde. I think the same illustration time the “singe” would lose its final letter and appeared afterwards in a volume of the Journal of become “sing"; and “libellos" would easily be the Proceedings of the Archeological Association, corrupted to "the bellows." Taylor's authority with notes by the late Mr. Thomas Wright. The gives the “Ram Inn,” at Nottingham, as the place drawing of the “Shoemaker Miserere ” at Wellingof the origin of the words, and “in good King borough, in ‘Bygone Northamptonshire,' is a very Stephen's days" as the period.

feeble representation of the beauty of the carving. J. POTTER BRISCOE.

JOHN TAYLOR.

Northampton. The origin of the phrase, “Sing old Rose, and burn the bellows,” is thus solved in the British 'LINES ON TENNYSON' (8th S. iii. 7).—These Apollo' (1740), vol. iii. :

are the lines from Mortimer Collins's Letter to In good King Stephen's days, the Ram,

the Right Hon. B. Disraeli, M.P.':An ancient inn at Nottingham,

Is Tennyson no Poet? Yes, indeed, Was kept, as our wise father knows,

“Miss Alfred's" are delicious books to read:
By a brisk female called Old Rose.

In summer tide, when all the woods are still,
Many like you, who hated thinking,

Pleasant to wander at one's own sweet will,
Or any other theme but drinking,

Dream of the amorous gossiping that broke
Met there, d' yo see, in sanguine hope,

The eternal silence of a garrulous oak,
To kiss their landlady and tope ;

Dream of the Princess who was buried deep
But one cross night, 'mongst many other,

In an unfathomed century of sleep,
The fire burnt not without great pother,

Dream of the savage adjectives that fall
Till Rose, at last, began to sing,

From the loud lunatic of Locksley Hall.'
And the cold blades to dance and spring ;

Sweet singer of the madrigal melodious,
So by their exercise and kisses

Why did he make King Arthur's story odious?
They grew as warm as were their wishes :

Why, with a flattery at which men wince,
When scorning fire, the jolly fellows

Compare the hero to a blameless Prince ?
Cried, “ Sing old Rose and burn the bellows."

Why send the old figures to a modern school,
Timbs, in 'Something for Everybody' (1866),

Turn Vivian harlot, Merlin sensual fool? says, “Izaak Walton, in his ' Angler,' makes the

Lovely and lucid are the Laureate's pearls : Hunter, in the second chapter, propose that they

A perfect poet, sir, for little girls.

Soft flows his rhymeless verse, constructed well, shall sing 'Old Rose,'” which is presumed to refer And sweetly matched each soothing syllable. to the ballad, Sing old Rose, and burn the But where's the passion a great poet knows bellows," of which much trouble has been taken, in

When the hot blood in every artery flows?

Not bis the satire even fools can feel, vain, to find a copy. Rose was the son of John

When each strong line is a keen blade of steel; Rose, living in Bridewell, London, who is said

Not his the lyric lore that has unlaced by Stow to have invented a lute early in the The cestus, warm from Aphrodite's waist; reign of Queen Elizabeth; he is also thought to But if you like a smooth Virgilian style, have been “Rose, the old viole-maker.” Concerts A very proper moral, free from bile, of viols were the usual musical entertainments

Ethics of Dr. Watts, Colenso's creed, after the practice of singing madrigals grew into

Those nice green volumes give you all you need. disuse,

H. A.

A. SAUNDERS DYER, M.A. Gainsborough,

CADWALLADER (86b S. ii. 487).—Is any story

referred to? Pistol is flouting Fluellen, and when MISERERE CARVINGS (8th S. i. 413, 481 ; ii. 9, he speaks about “ Cadwallader and all bis goats," 113, 214, 335; iii. 14).- Brilliant and humorous he probably uses the word "goats" instead of notes on the misereres in the church at Welling. 16

'men," as goats were common on the Welsh borougb, in this county, appear in an article ed- mountains, and so characteristic of Wales. Cadtitled • Wellingborough,' in Rambles Roundabout,' wallader was the last King of Britain of the British by the late G. J. De Wilde, one of a series of Pistol's contemptuously coupling him with articles originally appearing in the Northampton " goats” would be highly offensive to the patriotic Mercury, collected at Mr. De Wilde's death, and Fluellen.

F. O. BIRKBECK TERRY. edited by Mr. Edward Dicey. In this issue was a spirited illustration showing the humour of the WHITECHAPEL Bell FOUNDRY (86b S. ii. 488, carving, & representation of an “ale wife, about to 537).-MR. F. T. HIBGAME, of Philadelphia, is not fill the goblet for her customer, who stands by in quite accurate in his dates and numbers. In 1750 all the felicity of anticipation ; with one hand he this old bell foundry was owned by Thomas Lester,

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and it was not until two years later that the firm been, and still are, rebuked for their affection for moralbecame Lester & Pack. Further, there are, or izings of the kind they convey, and it may, at least, be were, eight bells (not six) in the belfry of Christ doubted whether in any other country the grim'and

repellent surroundings of the grave could form the subChurch, Philadelpbia. There are eight bells, from ject of a poem which should win acceptance for educathe same foundry, at St. Mark's (exactly the same tional purposes. The first edition bears the title. Les weight as those in Christ Church), as well as at Simulachres et Historiées Faces de la Mort, artant St. Peter's, both in the same city. About 170 elegamme't pourtraictes, qui artificiellement imaginées. churches in North America contain bells from the work, comprising in its first state forty-one cuts, subseWhitechapel foundry, the finest being a peal of quently enlarged to fifty-three, is believed to have been eleven bells at the Cathedral Church of Notre executed in Strasburgh in or before 1526, and to have Dame, at Montreal. The bell foundry was started been inspired in part by the earlier · Dance of Death, in Whitechapel by one Robert Mot, in 1570, who painted in Strasburgh, and long attributed in error to carried it on until 1606, when he was succeeded It is a 'somewbat curious fact that the cities associated by Joseph Carter. James Bartlet bad the business with the first appearance of the work should subsefrom 1696 until 1701. When visiting the foundry, quently become centres of Protestantism, and a still pot long ago, I was shown original bells by Robert more curious circumstance that the designer Holbein Mot and James Bartlet. If MR. HIBGAME or any darliest Dances of Death have been supposed to bave

should have died of the Plague, in memory of which the one else interested in campanology will write to been composed. Holbein's designs have been reproMessrs. Mears & Stainbank, the present repre- duced in different forms, and in some cases, as in the sentatives of the firm, and ask for their book on plates on copper of Deuchar, London, 1803, with remarkbells, the applicant will, in due course, receive a able alterations and additions. In their new and handsmall brochure in which all the above facts and some edition Messrs. Bell & Sons have given impressions much else about bells is tersely compiled.

from the blocks engraved in 1833 for Douce's edition.

These constitute, as Mr. Linton says, “ the best imita

HARRY HEMS. tions in wood," and the book is attractive and beautiful, Fair Park, Exeter.

An introduction by Mr. Dobson is, it is needless to say, in the best possible taste, and carries our information from

the point at which it was begun by Peignot in 1826 80 Miscellaneous

far as it has yet reached. NOTES ON BOOKS, &c.

Three Generations of English women. By Janet Ross. English Book-Plates. An Illustrated Handbook for (Fisher Unwin.)

Students of Ex-Libris. By Egerton Castle, M.A. F.S.A. Of the three remarkable women whose lives have been (Bell & Sons.)

told by a fourth, Sarab Austin is, in all respects, the As a popular manual to the student of book-plates this most remarkable. Her memoir, accordingly, occupies volume of Mr. Egerton Castle, best known for bis books the largest share in Mrs. Ross's volume, of which a new, on fencing, is welcome. It is abundantly illustrated (the revised, and enlarged edition now sees the light. The greatest of recommendations in the case of a work of its lives of Susannah Taylor and Lady Duff Gordon are, class), is pleasantly written, and follows in method the however, wanting neither in interest nor value, and the luminous scheme arranged by the present Lord de entire volume furnishes a pleasant insight into intelTabley. Book-plates, long a delight of bibliophiles and lectual and literary life during the present century. Of heralds, have sprung of late into public favour, and the esteem in which Sarah Austin was held by the most scores now own a book-plate or are collectors of book- distinguished Frenchmen of the day abundant proof is plates who a decade ago would have asked the meaning furnished. A curious comment upon her correspondence of the word. To the amateur of to-day Mr. Castle's with Auguste Comte is afforded in the fact that we have book is indispensable. It is, moreover, so to speak, before us several volumes of the works of Comte with elastically framed, and, while up to date now, will written dedications to Mistress Sarah Austin couched in in future editions, which are sure to be demanded, terms of strong admiration, and dated from Paris, accordadmit of indefinite additions. It is useless to follow ing to the pbilosopber's scheme of naming the months, Mr. Castle through his historical chapters, in wbich “ Le 27 Dante," " Le 24 Homère,” &c. Here is a delightbe bas aimed only at supplying a rapid survey. ful story of Voltaire, told Mrs. Austin by Dr. Franck : His volume, the only work on the subject at present “ Voltaire had for some reason or other taken a grudge accessible, is up to date, and, besides reproducing designs against the prophet Habakkuk, and affected to find in by Hogarth, Bewick, Gravelot, and Cipriani, gives the him things he never wrote. Somebody took the Bible, productions of Sir John Millais, William Bell Scott, and began to demonstrate to him that he was mistaken. Randolph Caldecott, Kate Greenaway, and Mr. Walter C'est égal,' be said. impatiently; "Habakkuk était Crane. Fancy now runs riot in designs, interiors, por- capable de tout.'" Extra portraits, including one of traits and the like. A valuable article might, however, Lady Duff Gordon from Mr. G. F. Watts, are given. be written upon the obligation of the book-plate to the printer's device, of which a magnificent collection is

The Poems of Edmund Waller. Edited by G, Thorn supplied in the Marques Typographiques' of M. Sil- Drury. (Lawrence & Bullen ) vestre.

The series known as “The Muses' Library” is rapidly

becoming the most ideal series of seventeenth century The Dance of Death. By Holbein, Edited, with an poets in existence. The latest accession to it consists of the

Iotroductory Note, by Austin Dobson. (Bell & Sons.) poems of Waller, carefully edired and published with such THOOG! executed, it is supposed, in Strasburgh, and first attractions as no previous edition of Waller las known. printed in Lyons, the designs constituting what is now Foremost among these stand a portrait of Wller from a known as Hans Holbein's Dance of Death' have at picture by Cornelius Janssen, and one of Sacharissa, least been naturalized in England, Englishmen bave Lady Dorothy Sidney, from a picture once in the poet's possession, and believed to have been presented to him on the names of Westminster streets, on the coronation by the lady herself. These works are now in the pos- of George IV. and the reception on that occasion of the session of Edmund Waller, Esq., the present repre-Queen, and on the mistakes made by Lord Albemarle in sentative of the poet, by whose permission they are his diary. A biography is given of Mr. Thoms, who was reproduced, adding siugular interest and value to the born in College Street, Westminster, baptized in St. werk in which they appear. That of Waller presents a Margaret's Church, christened under a wrong name, bright open face, with a broad brow, long straight nose, and the error corrected fifty-four years later by a sworn piercing black eyes, and a faint moustache. Sacharissa's affidavit by an aunt who had stood gndmother. Mr. face is both beautiful aud intelligent. An edition such Thoms began life in the secretary's office at Chelsea as this of Waller is certain of a welcome. Waller's place Hospital, and held the secretaryship of the Camden among the seventeenth century poets is high. His three Society from 1838 to 1873. In a parochial biography it or four best poems, which are also the most familiar, is necessary to name the fact that Mr. Thoms wag are exquisite. That he has been, in a sense, overrated, elected a vestryman of St. John in 1852, when he was ibeing selected as representative of men greater than living in Great College Street, in what had previously himself, and finding in the last century a place among been his father's house; but to us it is more pleasant poets whose works are collected denied to Donne, Suck that Mr. J. E. Smith records in the highest terms of ling, Lovelace, Wither, Marvell, Herrick, and Carew, is sympathy the foundation of N. & Q.,' and the language attributable to the fact that his verse is singularly used with regard to it by its parent in the later years of modern and free from archaism. Mr. Drury points out bis life. a curious fact in connexion with Waller, namely, that he seems to have been, with the exception of Rogers- We hear with regret of the death, in his forty-ninth a man not, as a poet, to be named in the same breath-year, of Gustave Adolphe Schrumpf, a master at Univerthe most richly endowed with the world's goods of the sity College School, which took place on December 18. sons of the Muses. Mr. Drury's introductory matter and A competent linguist, he had done good work in philohis notes are alike excellent, and the edition is ideal. logy, as may be seen in his 'Aryan Reader,' and in

papers on Armenian dialects contributed to the Philo. Secret Service under Pitt. By W. J. Fitzpatrick, F.S.A. | logical Society and to the recent Oriental Congress. (Longmans & Co.)

Mr. Schrumpf was formerly an assistant in a school at The second edition of Mr. Fitzpatrick's 'Secret Service Whitby, and at one time a frequent contributor to under Pitt'has trodden closely on the heels ef the first. N. & Q.' It is a work of supreme interest, and, in a sense, one of

MR. ELLIOT STOCK announces for early publication the saddest volumes ever written. There is no need to sympathize with Irish schemes for independence in order

How to Decipher Ancient Documents,'' by E. E. to feel how abject treachery was to be found among Thoytes. It will have an introduction by Mr. C. Trice men of scholarship, position, and influence. Mr. Wille, Martin, of the Public Record Office. in his King Charles I., has some lines concerning Judas which are practically unprinted and inaccessible.

Notices to Correspondents. For his conception of the arch-traitor Mr. Wills, it is evident, need not have gone outside his own country of We must call special allention to the following notices : Ireland. The manner, meanwhile, in wbich Mr. Fitz- On all communications must be written the name and Patrick has tracked out those responsible for the betrayal address of the sender, not necessarily for publication, but of the Irish leaders is a marvel of ingenuity, patience, as a guarantee of good faith. and research. Absolutely admirable are the chapters in We cannot undertake to answer quorios privately. which Lord Downshire's mysterious visitor is traced, Mr. FitzPatrick's conclusions being irresistible. Perhaps must observe the following rule. Let each note, query,

To secure insertion of communications correspondents the most remarkable chapter is that on Father Arthur

or reply be written on a separate slip of paper, with the O'Leary. Concerning General Napper Tandy, Leonard McNally, and others, and, indeed, concerning Lord signature of the writer and such address as he wishes to Edward Fitzgerald, much of highest interest is told appear; Correspondents who repeat queries are requested

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EDMUND TENNANT ("Every man bas his price ").and has made splendid use of his opportunities. While Walpole is credited with having said this. What he possessing all the fascination of a novel, or, indeed, a appears to bave said was that “ All these men have their drama, his book is an all-important contribution to price.” Nothing further is known. history, indispensable to all who seek to obtain a know- L. J. (“Royal Veto ").-See 'N. & Q.,' 5th S. ij. 426, ledge of the sinister history of Ireland at the close of the 476; iii. 117. last century and the beginning of the present. Among those on whom light is incidentally tbrown is Shelley, Alpbabet").-See N. & Q.,']st S. iii. 330, 465; viii. 18;

HEUSCA ROLOGUS ANGLICANUS (“Christ Cross Row to whose life in Dublin reference is occasionally made. ix. 162, 231, 457 ; 2nd S. x. 30; 3rd S. x. 352; 4th 8. vi. The book is calculated to enchant those whose delight is

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