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which is partly owing to the construction of the frequently used by the generality of skaters. skates. They are too much curved in the sur- The management of the arms likewise deserves face which embraces the ice, consequently they attention. There is no mode of disposing of involuntarily bring the users of them round on them more gracefully in skating outside, than the outside upon a quick and small circle; folding the hands into each other, or using a whereas the skater, by using skates of a different mutf. There are various feats of activity and construction, less curved, has the command of manœuvres used upon skates; but they are so his stroke, and can enlarge or diminish the circle various that we cannot detail them. Moving on according to his own wish. Edinburgh,' says the outside is the primary object for a skater to a Scottish writer, has produced more instances attain; and, when he becomes an adept in that, of elegant skaters than perhaps any other city or he will easily acquire a facility in executing other country; and the institution of a Skating Club, branches of the art. There are few exercises but about fifty years ago, has contributed much to will afford him hints of elegant and graceful attithe improvement of this elegant amusement.' A tudes. For example, nothing can be more beaugentleman of that club, who has made the prac- tiful than the attitude of drawing the bow and tice and improvement of skating his particular arrow whilst the skater is making a large circle study, gives the following instructions to begin- on the outside: the manual exercise and military ners :- Those who wish to be proficients should salutes have likewise a pretty effect when used begin at an early period of life, and endeavour by an expert skater.' to throw off the fear which always attends the SKEAN, n. s. Sax. razene; Irish and Erse commencement of an apparently hazardous scian; Arab. siccan. A short sword; a knife. amusement. They will soon acquire a facility Any disposed to do mischief may under his mantle of moving on the inside: when they have done privily carry his head piece, skean, or pistol, to be this, they must endeavour to acquire the move- always ready,

Spenser. ment on the outside of the skates; which is no

The Irish did not fail in courage or fierceness, but, thing more than throwing themselves upon the being only armed with darts and skeines, it was rather outer edge of the skate, and making the balance an execution than a fight upon them.

Bucon's Henry VII. of their body tend towards that side, which will necessarily enable them to form a semicircle.

SKEG, n. s.

Goth, skog, is a wood. A

SkeG'GER. In this, much assistance may be derived from

wild wood plum; a small, placing a bag of lead shot in the pocket next to short kind of salmon. See below. the foot employed in making the outside stroke, sick salmon that might not go to the sea ; and, though

Little salmons, called skeggers, are bred of such which will produce an artificial poise of the they abound,,yet never thrive to any bigness. body, which afterwards will become natural by

alton's Angler. practice. At the commencement of the outside stroke, the knee of the employed limb should be

SKEIN, n. s. Fr. escaigne ; Germ. schien. A

knot or hank of thread. a little bended, and gradually brought to a rectilinear position when the stroke is completed.

Why art thou then exasperate, thou idle immaWhen the practitioner becomes expert in form- terial skein of sleyed silk, thou tassel of a prodigal's ing the semicircle with both feet, he is then to purse?

Shukspeare. join them together, and proceed progressively by the right thread, not ravelled or perplexed. Then

Our stile should be like a skein of silk, to be found and alternately with both feet, which will carry all is a knot, a heap.

Ben Jonson, him forward with a graceful movement. Care Besides, so lazy a brain as mine is, grows soon should be taken to use very little muscular exer- weary when it has so entangled a skein as this to untion, for the impelling motion should proceed wind.

Digby. from the mechanical impulse of the body thrown SKEL'ETON, n. s. Lat. sceleton ; Gr. oreheinto such a position as to regulate the stroke. Toc. The bones of an animal body; such bones At taking the outside stroke, the body ought to be thrown forward easily, the unemployed limb natural situation ; a collection of the principal

preserved together as much as can be in their kept in a direct line with the body, and the face

parts of any thing. and the eyes directly looking forward : the unemployed foot ought to be stretched towards the the heavenly and elementary bodies, are framed in

The great structure itself, and its great integrals, ice, with the toes in a direct line with the leg. such a position and situation, the great skeleton of the In the time of making the curve, the body must world.

Hale. be gradually and almost imperceptibly raised,

When rattling bones together fly, and the unemployed limb brought in the same From the four corners of the sky; manner forward ; so that, at finishing the curve, When sinews o'er the skeletons are spread, the body will bend a small degree backward, and Those cloath'd with flesh, and life inspires the dead. the unemployed foot will be about two inches

Dryden. before the other, ready to embrace the ice and Though the patient may from other causes be exform a correspondent curve. The muscular ceedingly emaciated, and appear as a ghastly skeleton, movement of the whole body must correspond covered only with a dry skin, yet nothing but the with the movement of the skate, and should be ruin and destruction of the lungs denominates a con


Blackmore. regulated so as to be almost imperceptible to the spectators. Particular attention should be paid be analyzed in a sort of skeleton, and represented upon

The schemes of any of the arts or sciences may in carrying round the head and eyes with a re- tables, with the various dependencies of their several gular and imperceptible motion; for nothing so


Watts. much diminishes the grace and elegance of skat I thought to meet, as late as heaven might grant, ing as sudden jerks and exertions, which are too A skeleton, ferocious, tall, and gaunt,

Whose loose teeth in their naked sockets shook, miles distance. Large focks of puffins visit it. And grinned terrific a Sardonian look. Harte. They arrive in one night and depart all together SKELETON, in anatomy, the dried bones of any

in another. 2. A village of Ireland, on the animal joined together by wires, or by the natu

coast of Dublin, so named from the above isral ligament dried, so as to show their position lands, seventeen miles from Dublin. 3. Three when the creature was alive. See Anatomy. islands of Scotland, among the Shetland islands, There is in the Philosophical Transactions an twenty-five miles north-east of Whalsay, and account of a human skeleton, all the bones of twenty from Mainland. In 1792 they containwhich were so united as to make but one articu- ed eleven families, consisting of seventy inhalation from the back to the os sacrum and down- bitants. wards a little way. On sawing some of them,

SKETCH, n. s. & v. 7h. Lat. schedula, or Belg. where they were unnaturally joined, they were schets, of Goth. skyta, to throw out. An outline; found not io cohere throughout their whole sub- rough draught; first plan : to draw in outline; stance, but only about a sixth of an inch deep to plan. all round. The figure of the trunk was crook The reader I'll leave in the midst of silence, to ed, the spinæ making the convex, and the inside contemplate those ideas which I have only sketched of the vertebræ the concave part of the segment. and which every man must finish for himself. The whole had been found in a charnel-house,

Dryden's Dufresnoy. and was of the size of a full grown person.

I shall not attempt a character of his present maSKELTON (John), an English poet of the jesty, having already given an imperfect sketch of it.

Addison. fifteenth century, usually styled poet laureat,

As the lightest sketch, if justly traced, having been laureatus, or invested with the Is by ill colouring but the more disgraced, laurel, at Oxford, a poetical degree then confer- So by false learning is good sense defaced. Pope: red. He entered into orders, and was made If a picture is daubed with many glaring colours, rector of Diss, in Norfolk; but, as Wood says, the vulgar eye admires it; whereas he judges very he was fitter for the stage than the pulpit; for contemptuously of some admirable design, sketched he was suspended by his bishop for some loose out only with a black pencil, though by the hand of

Watts's Logick. compositions. After this he satirised cardinal Raphael. Wolsey, who persecuted him with such violence SKEW'ER, n. s. & v. a. Dan. skere; Goth. that he took refuge in Westminster Abbey. He and Swed. skef

. A wooden or iron pin, used to died in 1529. He left many works. The chief keep meat in form : to fasten with skewers. are his Poemata et Satiræ.

Sweetbreads and collops were with skewers prick'd SKEP, n. s. Lower Sax. scephen, to draw. About the sides.

Dryden's Iliad. A sort of corn basket, narrow at the bottom, and

I once may overlook wide at the top.

A skever sent to table by my cook. King A pitchforke, a do-wgforke, seeve, skep, and a bin. From his rug the skewer he takes,


And on the stick ten equal notches makes. Swift. SKEPTICK, n. s.

Send up meat well stuck with skewers, to make it Fr. sceptique ; Greek s.)

look round; and an iron skewer, when rightly emSkeptical, adj. σκεπτικός. One who SKEPTICISM, n. s. ) doubts, or pretends to

ployed, will make it look handsomer.

Id. Directions to the Cook. doubt, of every thing'; generally written ScepTic. The adjective and noun substantive fol

SKIDDAW, a mountain of Cumberland, lowing correspond.

England, and one of the greatest eminences of

the island. It is distinguished for its romantic Bring the cause unto the bar; whose none must disclaim, and least of all those scepticks hollows, and near its base.

nority and grand scenery, as well as for the lakes in its in religion.

Decay of Piety.

According to colonel Mudge's trigonometrica. I laid by my natural diffidence and scepticism for a while, to take up that dogmatic way. Dryden.

survey, the highest point of Skiddaw is 3022

feet above the level of the sea : Sea-fell, in the Survey Nature's extended face, then, scepticks say,

saine county, is 3166 feet in height.

Its surIn this wide field of wonders can you find

face also presents a variety of substances, colors, No art?

Blackmore, and forms : in some places are vast masses of With too much knowledge for the sceptick's side,

bare rock ; in other parts a soft short grass preWith too much weakness for the stoick's pride, sents itself; ard in others are heath, furze, and Man hangs between. Pope's Essay on Man. brambles. Wildness and grandeur are the gene

May the Father of mercies confirm the sceptical ral features. Mrs. Radcliffe gives an interesting and wavering minds, and so prevent us, that stand description of different parts of this mountain, fast, in all our doings, and further us with his con in her Journey through Holland, &c., 2 vols. tinual help.


8vo., 1795. See also West's Guide to the The dogmatist is sure of every thing; and the Lakes, 8vo., 1802; and Gilpın's Observations sceptick believes nothing.

Waits's Logick.

on Picturesque Beauty, and on the Mountains SKERRIES, a name applied to certain low and Lakes of Cumberland and Westmoreland, rocky islands, among the northern and western 2 vols. 8vo., 1786. isles of Scotland and Ireland : as, 1. Three small SKIFF, n. s. Fr. esquife; Span. esquif; Lat islands of Ireland, on the coast of the county of scapha. A small light boat. Dublin, Leinster; remarkable for producing

If in two skiffs of cork a loadstone and steel de great quantities of sea-ware, from which kelp is placed within the orb of their activities, the one inanufactured. On one of these islands there

doth not move, the other standing still ; but both is a light house, which is seen at twenty-four steer into each other.


In a poor skiff
" he passed the bloody main,

Oft nothing profits more
Choaked with the slaughtered bodies of his train. Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right,

Dryden. Well managed; of that skill the more thou know'st,
On Garraway cliff's

The more she will acknowledge thee her head. Id. A savage race, by shipwreck fed,

I will from wond'rous principles ordain Lie waiting for the founder'd skiffs,

A race unlike the first, and try my skill again. And strip the bodies of the dead. Swift.

Dryden. SKILL, n. s. & v. n. Isl. skill; Swed. skel,

He must be very little skilled in the world, who SKIL'Ful, adj. skiel, of Goth. skil; ski- thinks that a voluble tongue shall accompany only


a good understanding. SKIL'FULLY, adv. lia, is to discriminate; SKIL'FULNESS, n. s. distinguish. Knowledge side of a thing, and placing it in a new light.

Will Vaser is skilful at finding out the ridiculous SKILL'ED, adj. or aptitude in any prac

Tatler. SKIL'LESS.

Ulysses builds a ship with his own hands, as skilartfulness : used by Hooker for the art itself: to fully as a shipwright.

Broome. skill is, according to its primitive sense, to dis Say, Stella, feel you no content, tinguish; make difference; to be knowing in, be Reflecting on a life well spent ? dexterous at; but this verb is obsolete : skilful Your skilful hand employed to save and skilled mean knowing, dexterous; able; Despairing wretches from the grave : taking of, at, and in, before the object; the ad. And then supporting with your store jective and noun substantive correspond : skilless Those whom you dragged from death before. Swift. is destitute of skill.

Phocion, the Athenian general, then ambassador

from the state, by his great wisdom and skill at neHis father was a man of Tyre, skilful to work in gociations, diverted Alexander from the conquest of gold and silver.

2 Chron. ii, 14. Athens, and restored the Athenians to his favour. The overseers were all that could skill of instru

Id. ments of musick.

Id. xxxiv. 12. Instructors should not only be skilful in those He fed them according to the integrity of his heart, sciences which they teach ; but have skill in the meand guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

thod of teaching, and patience in the practice.

Watts on the Mind. Psalm lxxviii. 72. They shall call the husbandman to mourning, and SKIL'LET, n. s. Fr.escuellette ; Lat. scutula. such as are skilful of lamentation, to wailing. A small kettle or boiler.

Amos v. 16.

When light winged toys
They that skill not of so heavenly matter, Of feathered Cupid foil with wanton dullness
All that they know not, envy or admire. Spenser. My speculative and officed instruments,

As soon as he came near me, in fit distance, with Let house-wives make a skillet of my helm,
much fury, but with fury skilfully guided, he ran And all indign and base adversities
upon me.

Sidney. Make head against my estimation. Whether the commandments of God in scripture

Shakspeare. Othello. be general or special, it skilleth not. Hooker. Break all the wax, and in a kettle or skillet set it Learned in one skill, and in another kind of learn over a soft fire.

Mortimer's Husbandry. ing unskilful.

Id. SKIM, v. a. & v. n. Properly to scum, One man of wisdom, experience, learning, and SKIM'MER, n. S.

from Fr. scum,

escunie. direction, may judge better in those things that he SKIM'MILK.

-Johnson. But there can skill of, than ten thousand others that be igno- is a Gothic skyma, and Islandic skima, meaning rant.


to glide along. To take the scum clear off from Skill in the weapon is nothing without sack.


the upper part, by passing a vessel a little below You have

the surface; take by skimming; glide over the As little skill to fear, as I have purpose

surface; cover superficially improper): as a To put you to't.

Id. verb neuter, to pass lightly; glide along: a Nor have I seen

skimmer is a vessel used in skimming: skimMore that I may call men than you :

milk, that from which the cream has been taken. How features are abroad I'm skilless of.


She boils in kellles must of wine, and skims Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love, With leaves the dregs that overflow the brims. Mishapen in the conduct of them both,

Dryden. Like powder in a skilless soldier's flask,

His principal studies were after the works of TiIs set on fire.

ld, Romeo and Juliet. tian, whose cream he had skimmed. Id. Dufresnoy. He intending not to make a summer business of The swallow skims the river's wat’ry face. Dryden. it, but a resolute war, without term prefixed, until he Dangerous flats in secret ambush lay, had recovered France, it skilled noi much when he Where the false tides skim o'er the covered land, began the war, especially having Calais at his back, And seamen with dissembled depths betray. Id. where he might winter.

Bacon. Wash your wheat in three or four waters, stirring What skills it, if a bag of stones or gold

it round, and with a skimmer, each time, take off the About thy neck do drown thee ; raise thy head, light.

Mortimer. Take stars for money; stars not to be told Then cheese was brought; says Slouch, this e’en By any art, yet to be purchased,

shall roll; None is so wasteful as the scraping dame;

This is skimmilk, and therefore it shall go. King. She loseth three for one ; her soul, rest, fame. Thin airy shapes o'er the furrows rise,

Herbert. A dreadful scene! and skim before his eyes.. Moses in all the Egyptian arts was skilled,

Addison. When heavenly power that chosen vessel filled. The surface of the sea is covered with its bubbles,

Denham, while it rises, which they skim off into their boats, of these nor shilled nor studious. Milton. and afterwards separate in pols.


My coz Tom, or his coz Mary,

of the night meal, &c. In Devonshire, when Who hold the plough or skim the dairy,

cheese is to be made, much care is taken that My fav'rite books and pictures sell.

Prior. the milk be not heated so far as to produce bubA wing'd eastern blast just skimming o'er

bles under the cream. The ocean's brow, and sinking on the shore. Id.

SKIN, n. s. & v. a. Sax. scin; Dan. skind; Whilome I've seen her skim the clouted cream,

SKINNED, adj. Goth. and Swed. skin, of And press from spongy curds the milky stream.


Goth. skya, to cover. The

Gay. When Ajax strives some rock's vast weight to outward covering of the Aesh: to fay; strip of throw,

skin; cover with skin, or superficially: skinned The line too labours, and the words move slow; and skinny mean, having or abounding in skin; Not so when swift Camilla scours the plain, lean; thin. Flies o'er the' unbending corn, and skims along the

It will but skin and film the ulcerous place,

Such as have active spirits, who are ever skimming Infects unseen.

Whilst rank corruption, mining all within,

Shakspeare. over the surface of things with a volatile spirit, will

Authority, though it err like others, fix nothing in their memory. Watts on the Mind.

Has yet a kind of medicine in itself, But Peggy dear, the ev'ning's clear,

That skins the vice o' the' top. Thick flies the skimming swallow;

Id. Measure for Measure. The sky is blue, the fields in view,

Her choppy finger laying
All fading-green and yellow.

Upon her skinny lips.

H. Macbeth. Thou polish'd and high finish'd foe to truth,

On whose top he strowed Gray beard corrupter of our listening youth,

A wilde goat's shaggy skin; and then bestowed To purge and skim away the filth of vice,

His own couch on it.

Chapman. That so refined it might the more entice,

The body is consumed to nothing, the skin feeling Then pour it on the morals of thy son ;

rough and dry like leather. Harvey on Consumption. To taint his heart was worthy of thine own!

The beavers run to the door to make their escape,

SKIM'BLESKAMBLE. adj. A cant word; and immediately skinned.

are there entangled in the nets, seized by the Indians,

Ellis's Voyages a reduplication of scamble. Wandering ; wild.

The priest on skins of offerings takes his ease, A couching lion and a ramping cat,

And nightly visions in his slumber sees. And such a deal of skimbleskamble stuff,

Dryden's Æneid. As puts me from my faith.

Shakspeare. The wound was skinned; but the strength of his SKIM-COULTER, in rural economy, a thigh was not restored.

Dryden. coulter invented by Mr. Ducket, for paring off

We meet with many of these dangerous civilities, the surface of coarse grass or other lands, and wherein 'tis hard for a man to save both his skin and

his credit.

L'Estrange. placing it in the bottom of the furrow. It has been used in different districts with great advan- not to the bottom of the sore.

It only patches up and skins it over, but reaches

Locke. tage, and is stated in the agricultural report of Lest the asperity of these cartilages of the windHertfordshire to be of excellent effect in clover- pipe should hirt the gullet, which is tender, and of a lays, and wherever any rubbish is on the land skinny substance, these annulary gristles are not made that wants burying, as well as in breaking up round; but, where the gullet louches the windpipe, old saintfoin lays.

there, to fill up the circle, is only a soft membrane, The SKIM-COUlter Plough has a skim- which may easily give way. Pay on the Creation. coulter of some kind or other attached to it. What I took for solid earth was only heaps of rubSee PLOUGH.

bish, skinned over with a covering of vegetables. SKIM-MILK, in rural economy, the milk left

Addison. after the cream has been taken away or skimmed

His fingers meet off. This process is performed by means of a

In skinny films, and shape his oary feet. Id. Ovid. thin skimming-dish, after the milk has been set

The last stage of healing, or skinning over, is cal. led cicatrization.

Sharp's Surgery. by for some time in shallow vessels, and when it has undergone, in some cases, the operation of

When the ulcer becomes foul, and discharges a scalding. Where the latter practice is followed, nasty ichor, the edges in process of time tuck in, and, though it might be supposed that all the oily growing skinned and hard, give it the name of cal.


Id. unctuous matter of the milk would be brought to the surface, it is found by experience in. De body of any animal.' See Anatomy, Index, and

Skin, in anatomy, the general covering of the vonshire that that is not the case ; but that, on

MEDICINE. the contrary, the scalded skimmed-milk is much richer, and better even for the purpose of suck- the membrane stripped off the animal, to be

Skin, in commerce, is particularly used for ling calves, as well as capable of making far hetter cheese than raw skimmed-milk. A num

prepared by the tanner, skinner, parchmentber of trials have shown that in forming skim- maker, &c., and converted into leather, &c. See

TANNING. milk, about ten ounces of butter is taken from

SKINK, n. s. ) Sax. scenc. ; any twelve pints of milk, under the scalding practice.

SKINK'ER. See Dairy,

drink. Obsolete. SKIM-Milk CHEESE, is cheese made from skimmed-milk. It is mostly an inferior sort of now into my hand by an under skinker ; one that

I give thee this pennyworth of sugar, clapt even cheese, though much of it is made in different

never spake other English his life, than eight shildistricts. It is, however, frequently a practice to lings and six-pence, and you are welcome, sir. take away the cream from only a certain portion

Shakspeare. Henry IV. of the milk that is intended for cheese, as that Scotch skink, which is a pottage of strong nourish.

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ment, is made with the knees and sinews of beef, but circle, he was so careless of them, that many, of long boiled : jelly also of knuckles of veal.

which the effect is yet recollected, have been Bucon's Natural History. totally lost. His chief occupation, during his Hang up all the poor hop-drinkers,

long life, was biblical criticism; he was a good Cries old Sym, the king of skinkers. Ben Jonson.

Hebrew scholar, and an ardent supporter of the His mother took the cup the clown had filled : Hutchinsonian system of interpretation. He The reconciler bowl went round the board,

died on the 16th of June, 1807, aged eightyWhich, emptied, the rude skinker still restored.

six, in the house of the bishop his son, near Dryden.

Aberdeen: and his posthumous works were SKINNER (Stephen), an English antiquarian, published, with a memoir of his life, in 3 vols. born in 1622. He travelled and stuaied in 8vo., in 1809. They consist of 1. Letters adseveral foreign universities during the civil wars; dressed to Candidates for Holy Orders in the and in 1654 returned and settled at Lincoln, Episcopal Church of Scotland; 2. A Dissertawhere he practised physic with success until tion on the Shechinah, or Divine Presence with 1667, when he died of a malignant ferer. His the Church or People of God; 3. An Essay works were collected in folio in 1671, by Mr. towards a literal or true radical Exposition of Henshaw, under the title of Etymologicon Lin- the Song of Songs, which is Solomon's; and, 4. guz Anglicanæ, &c.

Of Specimens of his Latin, English, and Scotch SKINNER (Rev. John), the son of a country Poetry, serious and ludicrous. The opinions of schoolmaster in Aberdeenshire, of the same Mr. Skinner will be variously estimated by various name, born the 3d of October, 1721, was educated men: they were so in his own time, and among at Marischal College, Aberdeen, and intended the members of his own communion. But all by his father (a man of very considerable talents, men will acknowledge that he was an ornament and of great respectability) for the minis- to that communion, and that his talents, his actry of the established church. Mr. Skinner' quirements, and his virtues, might, in different displayed in very early life uncommon talents, circumstances, have raised him to the highest and his father was flattering himself that he distinction. He was the object of great and just would rise to distinction in his native church; veneration among the people of his own charge, when he chose to attach himself to the episcopal by far the greater part of whom he had baptised communion, was ordained in the year 1742, and in infancy. It is remarkable, that, for upwards in November that year became minister of the of fifty years, he preached extempore; employing episcopal congregation in Longside, near Peter- little more than an hour, previous to the time of head, of which he continued pastor for sixty-five public worship, to select his subject, and arrange years. The bishops and clergy of the Scottish his matter and mode of treating it. Episcopal communion were, for the greater part SKIP, v. n., V. d., & Ital. squittire ; Fr. of that time, nonjurors, and subjected, by the SKIPJACK, n. s. [n. s. esquirer. I know not penal laws of 1746 and 1748, to very great in SKIPPER,

whether it may not come conveniences. To these Mr. Skinner was equally SKIP'PET.

as a diminutive from subjected with his brethren, though there is no scape.-Johnson. Swed. skempa.—Thomson. reason to suppose that, by becoming an episco- To fetch quick bounds; pass by quick leaps ; palian, he became a Jacobite ; indeed, the con- bound lightly or joyfully : as a verb active, to trary is well known; yet he bore his afflictions miss; pass : a skip is a light bound or leap: a with great equanimity, and discharged the duty skipjack, an upstart: a skipper (Belg. schipper), of his office with great courage and assiduity; for the master or assistant of a skip or skiff: skippet, which, in the year 1753, he suffered six months a small boat. imprisonment. Mr. Skinner's talents as a man Was not Israel a derision unto thee? Was he of genius, and acquirements as a man of learn- found among thieves ? For, since thou spakest of ing, considering his narrow circumstances, con- him, thou skippedst for joy. Jer. xlviii. 27. fined society, and numerous disadvantages, were He looked very curiously upon himself, sometimes very remarkable. He published at various fetching a little skip, as if he had said his strength times, anonymously, several controversial tracts,

had not yet forsaken him.

Sidney. adapted to the circumstances of his adopted A dainty damsel, dressing of her hair,

Upon the bank they sitting did espy church ; and, in the year 1757, A Dissertation By whom a little skippet floating did appear. on Jacob's Prophecy, humbly offered as a Supple

Faerie Queene. ment to the bishop (Sherlock) of London's admi

Let not thy sword skip one : rable Dissertation on the same Text; which was Pity not honoured age for his white beard ; highly approved by the learned bishop, and by He is an usurer. Shakspeare. Timon of Athens, other eminent biblical critics. In the year 1788 Pope Pius II. was wont to say that ihe former he published an Ecclesiastical History of Scot- popes did wisely to set the lawyers a-work to debate, land, in 2 vols. 8vo., in a series of letters, which whether the donation of Constantine the Great to has obtained the approbation of very eminent Sylvester of St. Peter's patrimony were good or valid men. His leisure hours and retired life' Mr. in law or no : the better to skip over the matter in fact, Skinner amused by poetical composition. He whether there was ever any such thing at all or no.

Bacon's Apophthegms. possessed more than ordinary proficiency in the composition of Latin verse; and some of his Sat with Pigwiggen arm in arm :

The queen, bound with love's powerfulest charm, Scotch songs and ludicrous compositions, both Her merry maids, that thought no harm, Latin and Scotch, have attained the highest About the room were skipping:

Drayton. celebrity. This talent he exercised as a mere At spur or switch no more he skipt, pastime. After his pieces had amused his little Or mended pace, than Spaniard whipt. Hudibras.


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