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Colvin' we find a different state of things. NOTES :-Scotch Words and English Commentators, 1Bibliography of Dibdin, 2-- Tennyson's "Lord of Bur: The opening stanza of this narrative states
Fortune, Infortune, Fort-Une” – Ambrose that the “girdle round the middle jimp” of Bodley, 6–N. & Q.' Anagram-Burial Custom at Ardoch Colvin's lady cost her lord no less a sum than -Lodona-Dagger Money, 7.
crowns fifteen. To this Lewis or his repreQUERIEB :-Walton and Cotton Club-Annie of Tharau sentative appends the startling note, “ Jimps, Rubens Pictures, 7-Forman-Tennyson and Kingsley- stays”! This deliverance may have been Burke-Kieff, Kiev, Kiew-- Rev. S. Fisher-Arms Wanted due not so much to hopeless ignorance as 8-- Interview" -Japanese Monkeys-Lady Mary Prince misguided ingenuity, for the annotator may - Tintagel Church - Rookwood and his Ride-“ Motor"- have been thinking of another ballad, where Smuggling-Inscription at Wintringham, 9.
a lady exclaims :REPLIES :-Descendants of Elizabethan Worthies, 10
And wha will lace my middle jimp
Wi' a lang linen band ? ---Latin tion-Misquotations Elizabethan Poem-King's Weigh The natural inference of a mere man from House, 13-Pausanias-Monarch in a Wheelbarrow-Latin such an appeal would be that what needed Quotation-Index : How not to Make Purcell Family lacing was a portion of wearing apparel, and Branstill Castle, 14—“Eparchy" - Mourning Sunday“Transcendant," 15 -- Atlas Wanted -B. R. Haydon not an epithet indicative of exquisite grace. Frankliniana - "The as Part of Title - "Warth
It is probably similar lyrical bewilderment Kipling's City of Dreadful Night,' 16-"Lupo-mannaro -Pendugum : Carlyng, 17—Cadaver-Castle Carewe, 18.
that presently makes Clerk Colvin exclaim,
“Ohan! and alas !” in the text, and explains NOTES ON BOOKS :-New Volumes of the Encgelo " row," meaning wrap or roll, as rap, which ductions to the Rolls Series' – Burke's 'Peerage and is surely too deliberate for a typical error. Baronetage' - Englishwoman's Year-Book '-'American Towards the end of the ballad the Clerk is Library Journal.'
credibly informed that things with him “will Notices to Correspondents.
ever be wae,” and the annotator carefully glosses this as “ be painful,” thereby showing
commendable courage and some promise of Hotes.
improvement. But immediately afterwards
he lapses wofully. Clerk Colvin, conscious SCOTCH WORDS AND ENGLISH after what has befallen him that he must COMMENTATORS.
now dree his weird, rides crestfallen to get
final solace from his mother :IN 1887 the late Prof. Henry Morley added M. G. Lewis's “Tales of Terror He has mounted on his berry-brown steed, and Wonder' to the useful series which he
And dowie, dowie on he rides,
Till he has reached Dunallan's towers, published under the title of the “Universal
And there his mother dear resides. Library.” He seems to have restricted his editorial duties to the writing of a concise "Dowie" is the word here that naturally and helpful introduction and, perhaps, the proves the inettle of the glossarist, and it is superintendence of the text. Lewis's notes appalling to find him, with all the English he has left to themselves : he has not supple- language to draw upon, deliberately choosing mented them where additions were wanted, swiftly as an appropriate equivalent! Surely and he has not corrected mistakes. There Monk Lewis, if indeed he were his own exis need, for instance, to qualify Lewis's ex- ponent, must have known the verb “dow," planation of "wraiths" as "water-spirits," signifying to fade or wither, and common given as a note on a line in Bothwell's in Scottish poetry from the Book of the Bonny Jane'; and what is said of St. Bothan, Houlate' onwards. Then The Dowie Dens Hallowe'en, and the Brownie at further stages o’ Yarrow' had worn the grave and sweet of the same ballad could be materially im- dignity of old romance for generations proved by expert comment. Beilane- before the compilation of Tales of Terror tree" and " bathy” in the notes to Scott's and Wonder.' The modern reader who 'Glenfinlas' are misprints for beltane-tree wishes to see “dowie " properly applied may and bothy;, and the definition of “windle- be referred to the works of Xew Ainslie, à strae," which occurs in Leyden's 'Elfin-King,' poet who has written genuine Scottish verse is not sufficiently exhaustive, even if it does in these latter days, when the higher criticism happen to have been the explanation given has said that such verse is impossible. Ainslie by Leyden himself. These, however, are thus opens a touching elegiac poem :
It's dowie i' the hin' o' hairst,
37. Wigg; or, The Inundation. Sung also in 'The At the wa'gang o’the swallow,
Oddities' (revived). When the winds grow cauld, when the burns grow
On Nos. 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, bauld, An' the wuds are hingin' yellow.
31, 32, 33, 34, and 36 appears a note adverThis enshrines the mood represented by the tising the harpsichord lessons (see below). Of equestrian pace of Clerk Colvin.
several songs I have later impressions from
the plates, which bear also Dibdin's Leicester THOMAS BAYNE.
Place address. I have seen still later issues
- in most cases from Dibdin's plates-of A BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF THE Nos. 5, 9, 18, 27, and 32 by G. Walker, No. 13
WORKS OF CHARLES DIBDIN. by J. Diether, No. 16 by J. Lawson, also a (Continued from 9th S. x. 245.)
pirated single sheet of No. 33 by Hime of
Dublin. 1790. The Wags; or, The Camp of Pleasure, a
Hogarth includes the following Table Entertainment written & composed by songs in his collection as in ‘The Wags':Charles Dibdin, first performed 18th October, 1790.
*38. Neighbours Fare. The songs were published in folio, price ls., *39. Peace and War.
*40. The Difficult Task. signed by Dibdin, on a sheet of 4 pp. Usually the music and first stanza of the songs are
*41. Crotchets and Quavers. on pp. 2 and 3, the front being blank, and
Early advertisements of 'The Wags' menp. 4 occupied by the rest of the words and tion No. 39, also a song :arrangements for flute
and (or) guitar. Ex- 42. Hey Fellow Well Met (of which I find no ceptions are noted. The headings of the other trace), also ‘The Finale.' songs, unless mentioned as otherwise, are 1790. (Museum date, doubtful.) *Ode in honour of similar to that on No. 1.
His Majesty's birthday, written and composed by 1. The Watery Grave. Written and composed
C. Dibdin. "London, folio. by Mr. Dibdin, for his entertainment called The
1790. *Book of the songs in A Divertisement (sic), Wags, or The Camp of Pleasure. London: Printed with Dialogue intended only to introduce the and Sold by the Author, at his Music Warehouse, following favourite songs, selected, written and No. 411 Strand, opposite the Adelphi. Title on Dibdin. In two parts; 13 songs and an overture.
composed (with new Accompanyments) by Mr. 2. A Drop of the Creature.
The first performance, at Covent Garden Theatre, 3. Sound Argument.
was on 23rd November, 1790. 4. Patrick O'Row. (Price marked with a pen.)
1791. A Sonata, adapted for the Harpsichord or 5. The Soldier's Adieu.
Piano-Forte, with an accompaniment for the violin 6. Nautical Philosophy. (No price marked.)
or flute; from the subjects of Bachelor's Hall, 7. Indian Death Song.
Poor Tom, & the Camp of Pleasure ; þeing No. 1 of a
collection to be publish'd monthly by Mr. Dibdin 8. Happy Jerry. 9. Jack in his Element. Title on front page.
from the favorite Songs in his Wags and Oddities. 10. The Joys of the Country.
Printed and sold by the Author at his Music ware11. Death or Victory. Title on front page.
house 411 Strand. Oblong folio, 8 pp., front and 12. The Virtue of Drunkenness.
back blank. Signed at foot of first engraved page. 13. Buxom Nan.
Nos. 2 and 3 are similar. The subjects in 14. Family Likeness.
No. 2 are 'Happy Jerry,' 'The Virtue of 15. Morality in the Foretop.
Drunkenness,’and the 'Greenwich Pensioner.' 16. The Dustman.
Those in No. 3 are the Mock Italian Song,' 17. Swizzy. 18. Soldier Diok.
'Ben Backstay,' and 'Peggy Perkins.' Price 19. The Shipwreck.
1s. 6d. A fourth number was advertised as 20. The Negro and his Banjer.
in preparation in an advertisement of Dib21. Olympian Hunt.
din's Entertainment, but I doubt if it 22. The Camp of Pleasure. 4 pp. 23. Death Alive.
appeared. 24. Irish (Mock ?) Italian Song. 12 pp. Front and 1791. Private Theatricals; or, Nature in Nubibus, back blank. Price 2s. 6d.
a Table Entertainment by Charles Dibdin, first 25. Shenkin and Winny.
performed 31st October, 1791. 26. Celia.
The songs were published in folio, price 1s., 27. The Woodman. 28. The True English Sailor.
signed by Dibdin, on a sheet of 4 pp. Usually 29. True Friendship.
the music of the song is on pp. 2 and 3, the 30. The Wily Fox.
front being blank, and p. 4. occupied by 31. A Savage Love Song.
the rest of the words and arrangements for 32. Bonny Kate.
flute and (or) guitar. Exceptions are noted. 33. Little Ben.
Headings of songs are similar to No. 1, or 34. The Constant Sailor. 35. The Pleasures of the Chase.
mentioned as otherwise. 36. Love's Concerto. (This was apparently in 'The 1. Bill Bobstay written and composed by Mr. Oddities' as 'The Musician's Love Song.')
Dibdin, for his entertainment called Private Thea