« EelmineJätka »
double-name theory, deriving the name which has same as upsee Dutch, Frisian being equivalent to Holsurvived from a Gaelic, or, as be prefers to write it, | lander. It signifies being as drunk as a Dutchman. “Goidelic” source. But we are not very well satisfied "I do not like the dulness of your eye, with the suggestion that this surviving name is an
It hath a heavy cast, 'tis upsee Dutch." epithet of St. Kentigern, viz., “the Greyhound.” Prof. 1 3. Super naculum. A mock Latin term, supposed to Ferguson's paper on “ Books of Receipts” contains a mean“ upon the nail," a common phrase with drinkers. large amount of bibliographical detail on a rarely trodden When a glass is emptied, tbe rim is placed upon the nail, part of the field of literature.
to show that, when a toast has been drunk, no more than THE Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, enough for one drop is left. Pierce Penilesse, sig. G 2b, New Series, vol. i. pt. iii., will be found to contain an gives a full account of the custom of drinking super important paper by Sir Richard Temple, on the Politi. nagulum ; and Ben Jonson says, “ He plays super neguium cal Lessons of Chinese History," with a note on the with my liquor of life” (The Case is Altered, vol. vii. game subject by Sir Thomas Wade, who was present at the p. 348). 4. Lance-prezade. A commander of ten men; reading, and took part in the discussion. Under existing the lowest officer in a foot regiment. “The watchful circumstances, there is much reason for paying attention
corporall and the lansprezado” (Taylor the Water Poet). to the history of the “ Middle Kingdom."
5. Gingle-boys. Apparently gold coins; as we say Part V. of Mr. James Payn's Literary Recollections
“ yellow-boys.” 6. Ass-fellow. The word fellow is used
after ass just as in the previous lines it occurs alter gives a good account of Whewell and De Quincey. Mr.
goose and woodcock. Spurgius says, "Beef, mutton, veal, Payn's mother showed to a dean of the English Church,
and goose, fellow Hircius." Hircius answers, “ And then at the head of the High Church party at Oxford,
woodcock, fellow Spurgius. Whereupon Spurgius keeps some complimentary remarks of De Quincey concerning
up the pbrase by adding, “Upon the poor lean assher son, and received the astounding reply, "Very flatter
fellow," referring only to the ass on which he rides. So ing to your son, madam, no doubt; but who is this Mr. De
soon as space permits the other words shall appear under Quincey?"-Shropshire is dealt with in All the Year Round in the Chronicles of English Counties." - Mr. Austin
“Queries." Dobson supplies to the English Illustrated Magazine a
C. LAWRENCE.—The lines commencing Bingularly interesting and attractive paper on "Changes | “'Twas whispered in heaven, 'twas muttered in bell," at Charing Cross. “The Belfry at Bruges " is another are not by Lord Byron, but by Miss Catharine Fanpaper of much interest. -"A Pilgrimage to Selborne," shawe. They were written in 1816, at Deepdene, the by T. E. Kebbel, arrests and repays attention in Long- seat of the late Thomas Hope, and the original MS. was
long preserved, and probably may still be found in the
Deepdene album. We recall having seen the lines in a Notices to Correspondents.
collection of miscellany poems printed somewhere near
1816 by Joanna Baillie. We must call special attention to the following notices: On all communications must be written the name and
W. B. C.-Instead of “ often quoted" lines, say "often address of the sender, not necessarily for publication, but
misquoted," and you will be correct. The real reading as a guarantee of good faith.
“So naturalists observe a flea We cannot undertake to answer queries privately.
Has smaller fleas that on him prey; W, M. ("* Call a spade a spade").--The earliest re. And these have smaller still to bite 'em, corded use of this expression is said by Scaliger to have And so proceed ad infinitum." been made by Aristophanes, " Aypowrós elul' Triv orá nv
Swift, Verses occasioned by Whitshed's orápnv déyw. See note to Priapeia, Carmen, ii. 9, 10,
Mollo on his Coach. in wbich is told a story of the use of the phrase by Philip ESTE ( Foreign Notes and Queries').-The paraof Macedon. “Scapham scapbam dicere" occurs in a graph from a Roman journal you forward is inaccurate letter of Melanchthon to Cranmer, dated May 1, 1548.
We cannot give currency to its misstatement. In Mar Prelates Epitome we have the English form, “I
Lambton Young.-("Our Eye-Witness on the Ice "). am plaine, I must Deeds call a spade a spade.” Burton,
-Thanks. The reference has, however, been supplied. Anatomy of Melancholy, has “I call a spade a spade," and Ben Jonson writes, “Boldly nominate a spade a
CRITO.-Bingen on the Rhine was written by the Hon spade."
Mrs. Norton T. A. S. (“Queen Elizabeth's Lodge"). -- Tradition C. L, BRANDRETH, M.D. (“ Richard Le Davids"). holds this building to have been a hunting lodge of the No answer to your question has been received. queen whose name it bears, and asserts that when she | MRS. F. GREEN.Visited it she always rode upstairs on horseback to the
“Ancestral voices prophesying war." great cbamber. The topmost landing was once known
Coleridge, Kubla Khar. as the horse-block. The feat of riding upstairs has been
G. M. FERMOR ("Schubert's Knight of Toggenburg"). uccomplished in the present century by one of the foresters. Lysons, in his Environs of London, holds, in
- We can hear of no English version. opposition to general acceptance, that it was the Ching. E. R. VYVYAN (“ Date of Handel's Birth").-A ful ford manor-honse. A description of the place is supplied explanation of the discrepancies between the alleged in Mr. Thorne's Handbook to the Environs of London. dates of this event will shortly be given. W. J. GREENSTREET (“Words employed in The Virgin
NOTICE. Martyr").--Some of the words after which you inquire Editorial Communications should be addressed to “The are not unfamiliar. 1. Ambry or aumbry, the same as Editor of Notes and Queries'”—Advertisements and French armoire, is a cupboard, locker, storehouse, repo. | Business Letters to “ The Publisher"-at the Office, 20, sitory. It is used by Langland in the fourteenth cen- Wellington Street, Strand, London, W.C. tury, and by Beckford, in the form of ambery, and Mr. We beg leave to state that we decline to return com. William Morris, in that of aumbrye, in the nineteenth,munications which, for any reason, we do not pript; and See Dr. Murray's New Dictionary. 2. Upsy.freesy is the to this rule we can make no exception,
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