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A FEW FLOWERS, WILD and CUL- BALZAC and HIS SECRETARY.
PEN and INK VILLAGE SKETCHES.
The LAND of the PINK PEARL.
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A DAY in an OLD FLEMISH CITY. FROM the THAMES to the GARONNE, STARS and their AGES.
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The comma after “Aldobrandini” is accidentally
raised about an eighth of an inch above its proper CONTENTS.-N° 137.
place. The portrait, a three-quarter head, laureated NOTES :-Bibliography of the Gerusalemme Conquistata,' and with a ruff
, looking to right, is in a plain wide 101-Lapp Folk-Tales, 102– Life of O'Connell,' 103-Sir T. Abney's Epitaph, 104 – The Hornet of Joshua -- Morris oval, and fairly engraved on copper. 4to. Exclusive Dancers Daniel De Foe-A Novelist's Arithmetic, 105, of the title-leaf, there are ten pages, not numbered, Proverb-Curious Epitaphs–England a Nation of Shop- of preliminary matter. The text occupies pp. 1-290, keepers—Biniou, 106.
and at the end is a leaf containing "Emendationi” QUERIES:-Muncellam Lapideam - James Green - Device
on recto, and the licence on verso. Wanted for a Porch_“Mad as a hatter"-Hammonds of Scarthingwell-Gataker-Sir 8. Howe--Initials after Names, The preliminary matter consists of a' dedication 107-Sir H. Killegrew-Gloucestershire Newspapers-Bristol of the work, by Angelo Ingegneri, to Cardinal - The Wreck of the Birkenhead-Henry Rainsford-A Pagsage from Ruskin - "Lincoln was, London is, and Yorke Cintbio Aldobrandini, dated
November 10, 1593, shall be ” —Catholic Emancipation Act- Legenda Aurea, with Tasso's canzone on Cinthio's elevation to 108-Henryson, 109.
the cardinalate. The dedication is headed by a REPLIES :-Tom-Cat, 109 – H, 110 - Petroleum - Sons of woodcut running all across the page, representing Edward III.-G. P. R. James, 111-Additions to Halliwell's
A pollo crowning the poet, and commences with a * Dictionary' - Memoirs of Grammont' - Newspapers Freiburg-Rockall
, 112-Pierson Family-N and M in the fine woodcut initial. The licence at the end of Marriage Service, 113-Coincidence or Plagiarism, 114- the volume is dated “Romæ 13. Kal. Novembris, Swift to Stella - Spiflicate-Altar Flowers-Steel PensBneap. 115– Standing up at the Lord's Prayer-Primrose 1592," and signed “Lælius Peregrinus, Doctor Path-Convicts shipped to the Colonies-West Chester - Tbeol. manu propria,” on behalf of “F. BartholoBeaconsfield and the Primrose-Queen Eleanor Crosses, 116
mæus de Miranda S.P.M.," i.e., “Sacri Palatii - Epitaph, 117-Hussar Pelisse-Caradoc, or CaractacusMacready-Death of Charles I.-Etruscan City on the Site Magistri.” Across the top of the first page of the of Rome, 118.
text runs a woodcut of Apollo and the Muses. NOTES ON BOOKS :-Bowles's 'Madame de Maintenon'- The poem is printed in double columns, five Marzials's Life of Victor Hugo.'
stanzas to a column, in italic, and the stanzas are Notices to Correspondents, &c.
not numbered. Each book begins with a woodcut initial, and all except the first are headed by a
small woodcut cherub. Notes.
In a copy I possess, apparently perfect as it left
the original binder's hands, the preliminary matter BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GERUSALEMME
is wanting. As the text seems to have been in CONQUISTATA,'
type several months, at least, before Cinthio reThe poem which won for Tasso the laurel crown ceived the cardinal's hat, it is exceedingly probable he was destined never to wear was not the 'Geru- that several copies, of which this is one, were in salemme Liberata,' as is almost universally taken circulation before any dedication had been finally for granted, but the 'Gerusalemme Conquistata,' decided on. It is worth note, too, that in the in which the former work is so expurgated, ampli dedication Ingegneri claims to have been the first fied, and remodelled, as almost entirely to lose its old to publish questo bellissimo libro l'altra volta identity. Tasso's critics, as a rule, have condemned ch' egli usci di mano all' Autore,” in reference, the metamorphosed epic with a vigour and courage apparently, to some early edition of the ‘Liberata' which would have been more judiciously applied to I have not been able to identify. the task of reading it. So considerable a poet as One
of this edition in the British Museum Tasso is seldom altogether wrong in his estimate of is of singular interest as containing a stanza on his own works ; and if the unprejudiced reader the fly-leaf in Tasso's own handwriting, hitherto, I finds it hard to acquiesce in the author's emphatic believe, unpublished. A note, however, by Panizzi preference of the “reformed” (Jerusalem,' he will intimates that the volume was purchased for the at least find in it much that is novel to like, and Museum at the Bright sale in 1845, so that the perhaps still more to admire. However this may existence of the lives has been long known, and is be, the Conquistata' in any form is interesting probably somewhere recorded. As far as I am as well as rare, and a somewhat more detailed and able to decipher them, for the hand is pathetically accurate account than I have been able to find blurred and shaky, they run as follows :elsewhere of its various early issues as a separate
Il Poema al Sigr Stanslao Rescio, Nuntio Illmo. work may not be unacceptable to the readers of 'N. & Q.
Rescio, s'io passerò l'alpestre monte
Portato a volo da Toscani carmi, 1. Di | Gervsalemme | Conquistata del Sig. Torquato Quanto dirò con vergognosa fronte Tasso | Libri xxiiii, , All' Ilimo et Revmo Sigre | Il Signor Dove ha tanti il tuo Re cavalli et armi?
| Cinthio Aldobrandini, | Card. di San Giorgio. 1 (Por. Altri di voi gia écrive, altri racconte trait of Tasso) In Roma, M.D.xcii. ] Presso à L'antiche imprese e le scolpisce in marmi. Guglielmo Facciotti. | Con Privilegi di N. S, della Ne taccia a tanti Regi onde rimbomba Serenissima Republica di Vinetia, 1 & di tutti gli altri Non minor fama ma gia stanca tromba Principi d'Italia.
Torgio Tasso con propria mano.
At the bottom of the title, in another hand, most boat from land and rowed away with the girl. So probably Reszki's own, is written, “Ab auctore, he was left alone with nothing but the knife his Neapoli 1595."
comrade left. He made a bow, with which he shot I give as near an approximation to a literal shore birds, and roasted them at his fire; and so rendering of the lines as I can in equivalent Eng- he lived till Christmas. On Christmas Eve he collish metre :
lected a great pile of fire-wood and made a large The Poem to Signor Stanislas Reszki, Most Illustrious heap outside the door, in order to be able to rest Ambassador.
during the Christmas time. In the evening, when If, borne on wings of Tuscan song, even now
all the wood was ready, he sat down for a moment I fly beyond yon Alpioe summits hoary,
outside the door and looked longingly towards the What, Reszki, shall I say, with shamefast brow,
mainland. Suddenly he saw a boat coming towards Fronting such steeds and arms, thy Prince's glory? Others there be to write of you, I trow,
the island. The boy was delighted when he saw To tell, to carve in stone your antique story.
that some one was coming. But when the boat Mute be the trump that wont as loud to blow
came nearer he saw that it was a beautiful one; For kinge as great! 'Tis weary, long ago !
and when it came to the land and the people got Torquato Tasso with his own hand.
out he saw they were not “right people (AlbA MS. note in a much later hand, on the other maolbmuk), but Ultat people. He therefore crept side of the leaf, refers the reader to Serassi’s ‘Life behind the wood pile and hid himself so that he of Tasso,' Rome, 1785, for an account of Reszki could watch them. So they all got out, and amongst (if that be the correct form of the name) and his the women were two girls very beautiful, and handfriendship with Tasso. He was a Polish abbot, somely dressed. Each of them carried a provision formerly secretary to Cardinal Hosius, whose works bag in her hand. When they had carried all their he published, afterwards employed on sundry goods up to the cottage and all was done, the two diplomatic missions by Stephen Bathori and Sigis- girls came out to look around, and at once dismund III., Kings of Poland. In 1595 he was covered the boy as he sat behind the wood stack. representative of the latter, at that time King of At first they were a little afraid, and were going to Sweden as well as Poland, at the court of Naples, run away, but as the boy lay still they went nearer, where he died some three years later. As Tasso and began to titter and giggle at him. The boy died April 25, 1595, the year in which this volume had a pin in his sleeve, and when they were runwas given to Reszki, the stanza is certainly among bing round him and pushing him he pricked I one the last, and may not improbably be the very last, of them in the hand so that it began to bleed. Then ever written by the unhappy poet.
she began to weep and wail. The people came out SEBASTIAN EVANS. from the cottage to see what was the matter, and (To be continued.)
when they saw the boy they ran in again very quickly. Each one seized what he could of his
goods and went away, and people, goods, and boats LAPP FOLK-TALES.
disappeared in the twinkling of an eye. But a bunch THE ULTA* GIRL.
of keys was left on the table, and the girl who the There were once two boys who fell in love with boy had pricked stood there alone, for she was the same girl. When the spring came the boys and powerless and could not move. the girl went with some other people to an island
“Now that you have pricked me and made me far out in the sea to fish. There were houses built bleed, you must take me for your wife," said the girl. for the fishermen on the island, and this place bad Ob, yes ! why not?” said the boy. “I will always been known as a good fishing place. They willingly do that. But how do you think we can stopped there till autumn. The girl and the two live here through the winter ?" boys lived in the same house and fished from the same boat. After a time one of the boys saw that
* "Allma, imprimis in compositionibus usitatum ; the girl did not like him so much as his com- inferis) et virkeligt Menneske, et jordist Vaesen (modsat
Albmaolmus, verus homo (opp
verus, quod re vera est. panion. This made him very sad, and so he began Underjordist)." See Friis, Lexicon Lapponicum,' a to consider how he could get rid of his rival. When most valuable work. they were going to set out for home the boy so † Ulla-Huldre, i. e., fairy. See Friis, ib. arranged it that they three were the last to leave # Drawing blood
as a means of obtaining power, cf. N.& the fishing place. When they had put all in the ing Lapp stories, among others, which I hope to contribute
Q.,' 6th S. x. 23. The same incident occurs in the followboat and were ready the boy said (the one the girl to these pages: Goveiter Girls,' Friis, No. 14, where a man did not like) to his comrade,“Oh! I have forgotten seizes one of the girls and holds her until he pricks ber, my knife in the cottage, run up and fetch it for wrist, and so conquers her; and in the Sun's Sister, me.” He did so, not suspecting anything ; but he Friis, No. 44; also the Magyar ‘Knight Rose, Kriza, vi.; had not gone far before his companion pushed the folklore Record; vol. v: p. 156, and Feb., 1883, p. 58
Henderson, · Folk-lore of the Northern Counties,' p. 181
and notes ; also a curious notice in Die Gartenlaube, Dec., • Friis, ' Lappiske Eventyr,' No. 7, “Ulta-Pigen.' 1884.
"That need not trouble you,” said the girl. “If and if he had not been over both of his legs would you but promise to have me for your wife you will have been knocked off in the twinkling of an eye. become rich."
When they had gone a short way the girl said, The boy promised to do so, and so they lived "You must not on any account look behind you,* together on the island till spring, when people came till we get home, whatever you hear or feel.” to the island again, with whom they went to the The boy promised not to do so, but when they mainland.
came to the house door he could resist no longer, “ Where shall we go now?” said the girl. and so turne round ; and lo! a great rd of
“I don't know," replied the boy; " but what do cows was coming, which his father and mother in. you think about it?” The girl said she would law had sent after him, and only half of them were like to live in the same place as her parents, if he inside the gate, and in a moment all those which did not object. “Why not?” said the boy; and so were outside vanished. They then went to the priest they set off together and looked for a suitable and got married, had children, and lived happily dwelling-place. “Mark out a place for the house,"* and well. The only thing the man did not liko said his wife,“ large or small as you wish it to be." was that his wife sometimes disappeared without And the boy drew it.
bis knowing whither she went. One day, as he When night fell the girl said, “If you hear any was bewailing over it, his wife (who loved him) noise during the night you must not get up or look said, “ Dear husband, if you do not like me going to see what it is."
away you must knock a nail into the threshold, In the night be heard a terrible noise of building and then I cannot go out or in unless you like.” and hammering, but he did not move. In the
W. HENRY JONES. morning when he and his wife got up they saw Mumby Vicarage, Alford. that the house stood all ready from roof to threshold. “Now you can draw out the plan for a cow
‘LIFE OF O'CONNELL.'-As it is always well house," said the girl; “ but do not make it too large to be accurate, I would suggest that in future or too small.” The boy did so, and during the editions of Mr. J. A. Hamilton's recent and readnight be heard the noise of building again; and able "Life of O'Connell' (“Statesmen Series," in the morning the building stood complete, with W. H. Allen & Co.) a few things might be corstalls, pails, and collars, but there were no cows.
rected. At pp. 6 and 77 Sheil's name is spelt Then she told him to draw the plan of a store
“Shiel.” house as large as he wished it to be. When this
P. 114. “He wrote on December 3, 1830, to his was ready the girl asked him to go with her to her correspondent Dr. MacHale, R.C. Archbishop of parents, and so they went together and stayed for Tuam.” Dr. MacHale did not become Archbishop some time there. When they were about to return
of Tuam until four years later. his wife said to him, "When we have said “Good
P. 115. O'Connell did not seek to avert his bye’and are all ready to set off take care and
step prosecution in 1831 by offering to abandon “Reover the thresholdt as quickly as possible.” The peal," as letters before me show. boy did so, and scarcely had stepped over it before
P. 144. Mr. Hamilton quotes from Macmillan, the girl's father threw a large bammer after him; O'Connell by John'Ball
. I have searched Mac
vol. xxiii. p. 222, an important anecdote of * In a Magyar tale, 'Fairy Elizabeth,' Kriza, xv., a giant draws in the dust the figures of horses, carriages, * Looking behind, cf. N. & Q.,'6th S. viii. 443; ix. footmen, &c., and they all appear forthwith; a foal 442. In the Magyar story · Fairy Elizabeth,' Kriza, arises out of the sand in like manner in Stupid Peter.' . Vadrózsák,' xv., the hero is ordered not to look back. Vernaleken, 'In the Land of Marvels,' with which may cf. also thé Lapp stories “Jaetten og Veslegutten and be compared a somewhat similar incident in the Finnish Bondesönnen, Kongesödnen og Solens Söster,' Friis, • Merestä-nousija Neito, Suomen Kansan Satuja ja Nos. 18 and 44; also Rink, ' Tales of the Esquimaux, Tarinoita, I. Osa., viii. In another Finnish story. The Revived who came to the Underground People, which I have heard (“The Golden Bird') a wolf by p. 300; Gregor., 'Folk-lore of North-East Scotland,' turning somersaults raises a shopfull of valuable articles, Folk-lore Society, 1881, p. 91 ; Stokes, Indian Fairy
Tales,' “ The Bel Princess, P: 140 and note p: 283; and † The threshold plays an important part in folk-lore, Hofberg, Svenska Sägner, Soasa-frun. I have heard vide . N. & Q.,' 6th S. viii. 201, 344. In a Magyar story the same in the folk-lore of the inhabitants of Holderentitled “The Pelican,' the hero, who is in search of the ness, Finland, Sweden, Hungary, Algeria, and this in my wondrous bird, is commanded to step "over the thres- own parish. hold " when he comes to the building where it is kept. † For the power of steel or iron see ' N. & Q.,' Cf. the custom of pouring hot water on the threshold 6th S. viii. 202, 344, 444; x. 403, note; and Naake's when the bride leaves her parents' house for the honey-Slavonic Tales,' p. 17, The Demon's Dance' (from moon,“ to keep the pot boiling.” or that there may be the Polish). According to a Magyar superstition & another wedding soon, which I have seen done within knife stuck into a slice of garlic and placed under the the last month. According to the Magyar peasants, if pillow of a woman in child-bed is an effective remedy a hatchet is stuck into the threshold in stormy weather against the baby being exchanged by the witches. See the bail clouds will roll away.
Varga János, ' A Babonák Könyve.'
millan, vol. xxiii., page by page, but no such O'Connell should be acknowledged as from Mel. anecdote appears in that volume.
bourne's ‘Life,' vol. ii. p. 119. P. 199. It was not Maurice, but Morgan,
W. ). FITZPATRICK, F.S.A. O'Connell who received the appointment of Regis
SIR TAOMAS ABNEY'S EPITAPH.-Sir Thomas trar of Deeds. P. 204. Mrs. O'Connell did not die in 1826, nor
Abney deserves honourable remembrance as a man until ten years later.
of uprightness and decision and as a City functionary,
as well as in connexion with the name of Dr. Isaac P. 207. For “Romayno" read Ronayne.
P. 212. The alleged fight with a fishfag in the Watts. Through his marriage with Mary Gunston street happened not to O'Connell, but has been Sir Thomas became possessed of the mansion at attributed to Curran. Madden, in the Revelations Stoke Newington, which was pulled down on the of Ireland,' was the first writer who fell into this formation of the Abney Park Cemetery, and it is mistake. That O'Connell has been wronged is generally known that in the same house Dr. Watts made clear by a “mem.” in the autograph of his was for many years the welcome guest and friend daughter, the late Mrs. FitzSimon, and which can worthy knight in many books, but I have not met
of the Abney family. There are notices of the be furnished if desired :
with “A statesman and an orator (writes Mr. Hamilton), a There is, however, among some MS. relics which
any printed record of his burial or epitaph. King's Counsel learned in the law, and the leader of his have come to my hands, a rough draft (Dr. Watts's people, who could publicly, and without any sense of reserve, engage in a duel of abuse with a fishfag in the autograph) of the following, with a note that it streets of Dublin,* and enjoy his own and his friends' con- written to be inscribed near the grave of Sir gratulations upon the happy epithets : Whiskey drinking Thomas Abney in the corner of St. Mich. [sic] parallelogram' and 'Porter-swiping similitude,' &c., was
Cornbill”:to them an unintelligible paradox.” As well it might be.
“Near this place lye yo Remains of S. Thomas Abney
Kn, who was chosen by bis fellow.citizens Sheriff and P. 191. “Her persistent refusals to marry him Alderman of London 1693, Lord Mayor 1700, Repre[O'Connell] allayed neither his passion or his dis- sentative in Parliamt 1701. In all which posts of Trust turbance of mind." Is Mr. Hamilton quite sure & Honor he ever approv'd himself a strenuous assertor and that she ever was asked ? The lady still lives. supportr of the Protestant Religion, the Liberties of his O'Connell's family have always denied that any private 'Vertues, too numerous to be included in this
Country, and the Reformation of Manners. His public & truth whatever nestled in this love story. O'Con- narrow Monument of his Death, are represented to yo nell's age was seventy-one at the time.
world in the Memoirs of his Life. He departed Feb. 6th P. 195. “Maurice (his uncle) was at first deeply 1721/2, a generall Loes to his Countrey & a grief to all offended at the match, but presently became re
good men, even in the 83rd year of his age.” conciled to it." This refers to his love “match" Possibly there may have been some objection to in 1802. The uncle lived near a quarter of a placing such an epitaph for a Nonconformist in a century after Dan’s marriage, and left away from parish church ; for together with the above I find, him a large share of property which otherwise in the handwriting of Watts’s“trusty and diligent” should have been his.
amanuensis, Joseph Parker, the subjoined more P. 201. “He also sat to Duval and Wilkie." colourless inscription :Query Hayden, who describes the sitting in his "In Memory of Sr Thomas Abney Kt and Alderman 'Diary.'
of London, who died 6th Febry 1721/2. Also of his P. 211. “ Theodore Grenville ceased to visit the and Mrs Mary Pickard, who died 12th Febrs 1737 [sic].”
Daughters, Mrs Sarah Abney, who died 19 March 1731/2 house of a friend because he dreaded meeting Annexed are a careful plan and memorandum by O'Connell there." The authority for this is an oral statement from Lord Lansdowne, printed in the same hand, headed “St. Peter's, Cornhill, 17 Melbourne's Life' (vol. ii. p. 119), and Lord & 18 Sept.
, 1772," and setting forth that the Lansdowne calls him Thomas Grenville.
leaden coffins of Sir Thomas Abney, Mrs. Sarah which is quoted, should be 'Personal Recollec- Pickard's coffin 3 ft. 8 in. deep from the surface.” P. vii. Cloncurry's 'Personal Reminiscences,' Abney, and Mrs. Pickard are placed one upon an
other according to this description, the top of Mrs. tions.'
The interments are shown to be near the south A large array of authorities are honestly acknowledged by Mr. Hamilton. He might, per
wall, and 7 ft. 6 in. from the east wall of the
church. haps, add that the curious anecdote about O'Connell 'at the period of the Irish Rebellion (p. 11) Sarah Abney, preached at Theobalds April 2.
Dr. Watts published a funeral sermon for “Mrs. has been derived from The Informers of 1798,' visit Lansdowne House from a dread of meeting and Mrs. Elizabeth Abney, her two surviving p: 307, Dublin, 1865; and Grenville ceasing to 1732." It is dedicated “to the Lady Abney,
mother of the deceased, and to Mrs. Mary Abney * In Cork, according to the published account, such as sisters.”. Mrs. Pickard was the wife of Jocelyn it is.
Pickard, Esq. Their marriage, in July, 1737, is