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LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 1854.
• Even thus,' quoth she, he seized on my lips,'
And with her lips on his did act the seizure ;
And as she fetched breath, away he skips,
And would not take her meaning nor her pleasure. GRIFFIN's “ FIDESSA," AND SHAKSPEARE'S PAS
Ah! that I had my lady at this bay,
To kiss and clip me till I run away !" I am the fortunate possessor of a thin volume, Sonnet 1x., from Shakspeare's Passionate Pilgrim. entitled Fidessa, a Collection of Sonnets, by That the insertion of Griffin's sonnet in the PasB. Griffin, reprinted 1811, from the edition of sionate Pilgrim was without Shakspeare's consent 1596, at the Chiswick Press; I presume, by the or knowledge, is in my opinion evident for many monogram at the end, by Mr. S. W. Singer. reasons.
The title of the original edition is Fidessa, more I have long been convinced that the Passionate Chaste then Kinde, by B. Griffin, Gent, at London, Pilgrim was published surreptitiously; and alprinted by the Widdow Orwin, for Matthew though it bears Shakspeare's name, the sonnets Lownes, 1596.
and ballads of which it is composed were several The advertisement prefixed by Mr. Singer to of them taken from his dramas, and added to by the reprint states, that the original is one of the selections from the poems of his cotemporaries, rarest of those that appeared at the period in which Raleigh, Marlow, and others; that it was a bookit is dated; that he is not aware of the existence seller's job, made up for sale by the publisher, of more than two copies, from one of which the W. Jaggard. reprint is taken, and that the other was in the No one can believe that Shakspeare would have curious collection of the late Mr. Malone.
been guilty of such a gross plagiarism. Griffin's Besides the rarity of Fidessa, Mr. Singer states Fidessa bears date 1596 : the first known edi. that it claims some notice from the curious reader tion of the Passionate Pilgrim was printed for on account of a very striking resemblance between W. Jaggard, 1599. It has no dedication to any Griffin's third sonnet, and one of Shakspeare's, in patron, similar to Shakspeare's other poems, the his Passionate Pilgrim (Sonnet ix.).
Venus and Adonis, the Rape of Lucrece, and the I will transcribe both sonnets, taking Griffin's Sonnets ; and why it bears the title of the Pasfirst, as it bears the earliest date.
sionate Pilgrim no one has ascertained. “ Venus, and yong Adonis sitting by her,
But I am losing sight of the object I had in Under a myrtle shade began to woo him : view when I took up my pen, which was, through She told the yong-ling how god Mars did trie her, the medium of “N. & Q.” to request any of its And as he fell to ber, so fell she to him.
readers to furnish me with any particulars of • Even thus,' quoth she, 'the wanton god embrac'd B. Griffin, the author of Fidessa. me,
Mr. Singer supposes him to have been of a And then she clasp'd Adonis in her armes. • Even thus,' quoth she, 'the warlike god unlac'd Worcestershire family:
as he addresses his " poore
pamphlet" for patronage to the gentlemen of the me,' As if the boy should use like loving charms.
Innes of Court, he might probably have been bred
to the law. But he, a wayward boy, refusde her offer, And ran away, the beautious Queene neglecting :
Perhaps your correspondents CUTHBERT BEDE, Showing both folly to abuse her proffer,
or MR. NOAKE, the Worcestershire rambler, might And all his sex of cowardise detecting.
in their researches into vestry registers and parish Oh! that I had my mistris at that bay,
documents, find some notice of the family. "I am To kisse and clippe ine till I ranne away!” informed there was a gentleman of the name
Sonnet III., from Fidessa. resident in our college precincts early in the “ Fair * Venus, with Adonis sitting by her,
present century, that he was learned and respected, Under a myrtle shade, began to woo him; but very eccentric.
J. M. G. She told the youngling how god Mars did try her, Worcester.
And as he fell to her, she fell to him. • Even thus,' quoth she, the warlike god embrac'd
CAPS AT CAMBRIDGE. And then she clipp'd Adonis in her arms: • Even thus, quoth she, “the warlike god unlac'd Cambridge, Nov. 23, presided over by the Prince
At the congregation in the Senate House at me,' As if the boy should use like loving charms :
Chancellor, it was observed that the undergra
duates in the galleries (for want I suppose of an * The early copies read “ Venus, with Adonis sitting obnoxious Vice-Chancellor or Proctor upon whom by her;” the defective word was added at Dr. Farmer's to vent their indignation) poured it forih in yells suggestion. Had he seen a copy of Fidessa, the true and groans upon those members of the senate who reading might perhaps have been restored. (Note by kept on their hats or caps. The same has been Mr. Singer.)
done on several former occasions. It probably
arises from a mistake, in ascribing to the gaucherie he was suddenly and unexpectedly taken off by of individuals what is really the observance of a an Apoplexy. Such is the uncertainty of all very ancient custom. The following extract, from human affairs. That your Lordship may be long an unpublished MS. of the middle (I think) of preserved in your high station for the good of the the seventeenth century, in which the custom is Protestant Religion, and the support of public incidentally noticed, will serve for a confirmation liberty, are the sincere wishes of, of what I say :
My Lord, " When I was regent, the whole house of congre
Your Lordship’s obede Servt. gation joyned together in a petition to the Earle of
JOHN WARD. Pembroke to restore unto us the jus pileorum, the
Gresham College, licence of putting on our cappes at our publicke meet.
April 24, 1732. ings; which priviledge time and the tyrannie of our vicechancellours had taken from us. Amongst other motives, we use the solemne forme of creating a Mi in
LETTERS OF EMINENT LITERARY MEN.
Mr. Michael Mattaire to the Earl of Oxford. the Acte by putting on his cappe, and that that signe
1736, Oct. 21. Orange Street. of libertie might distinguish us which were the Regents My Lord, from those boyes which wee were to governe, which After my most humble thanks for the continu. request he graciouslie granted."
ation of Westminster Elections you was so kind This was written by an M.A. of Oxford. At as to give me, I must acquit myself of my promise ; Cambridge we have not hitherto had such haughty and therefore I herewith send your Lordship a despots in authority, to trample upon our rights; copy transcrib'd exactly from the MS. given me but we seem to be in danger of losing our jus pile- by Dr. South himself of his verses upon Westorum through “ the tyrannie," not of our Vice- minster School, with his name, and the year subChancellors, but “of those boyes which wee are scribed at bottom. They were indeed publish'd to governe.'
A Regent M.A. OF CAMBRIDGE. among his Opera Posthuma Latina Anon. 1717, by Lincoln's Inn.
Curl, after his impudent way of dealing with dead authors' works; and sometimes also with those of the living
Curl's printed copy differs from the MS. in these (Continued from p. 8.)
following places : IV.
Vers. 5. Multum. Latè. Dr. John Ward, Professor of Gresham College, to
dum. Dr. Cary, Bishop of Clonfert.
21. ubi regnat. quòd regnet. [MS. Donat., Brit. Mus., 6226, p. 16.]
æmula, but over it ardua.
25. dirigit. digerit. My Lord,
micant. While there was any expectation of your Lord
29. studiosæ. studiosa. ship's speedy return to England, I forbore to con 30. illa.
ipsa. gratulate you on your late promotion. For though 33. lumen.
Lucem. none of your friends could more truly rejoice at
Your Lordship by this may see how much this this news than I did, both on your own account,
sawcy fellow has abused this learned man's fine and that of the public ; yet in the number of com
copy of verses; and how justly he deserved the pliments which I was sensible you must receive on
correction which was inflicted on him at that that occasion, I chose rather to be silent for fear
school. of being troublesome. But as I find it is now
By the tenth Distich it appears that the School uncertain, when your affairs may permit of your containing then Tercentum juvenes) was managed return hither, I could not omit this opportunity by three Masters onely : and, for aught we know, by your good Lady to express my hearty congra- might flourish pretty well, though it had not twice tulation upon the due regard shown by the Govern
that number. ment to your just merit; and shall think it an honour to be continued in your esteem as ultimus with profound respect,
Give me leave, my Lord, to subscribe myself amicorum.
Your Honor's I doubt not but your Lordship has seen Mr.
most oblig'd, most obedient, Horsley's Britannia Romana advertised in some of
and most humble Servt. our public Papers; but I know not whether you
M. MAITTAIRE. have heard that the author died soon after he had finished the work, before its publication. When it
“IN INCLYTAM SCHOLAM REGIAM WESTMONASTERIENSEM. was hoped that the credit of this book might have Reginæ fundata manu, Regina scholarum ; been of some service to him and his large family, Quam Virgo extruxit, Musáq; Virgo colit.
Inconfusa Babel, linguis et mole superba ;
truth is, we are better acquainted with the stile of Celsior et famâ, quàm fuit illa situ.
Con. and Pilky, than with the hard names and Gentibus et linguis latè celebrata ; tacere
distant places that are mentioned in the Voyage De quâ nulla potest, nec satìs ulla loqui.
round the World. Opprobria exuperans, pariterq; encomia : Linguis
I have not peeped into the Anti-Lucretius : it Et tot laudari digna, quot ipsa doces. Hæbræus Græcusq; uno cernuntur in Anglo;
is arrived at Caledon, and reserved for the longest
evenings. Carte's voluminous History is weighing Qui puer huc Anglus venerat exit Arabs.
down one of my shelves. He likewise is postponed Tercentum hic florent juvenes : mihi mira videtur Tam numerosa simul, tam quoque docta cohors.
to bad weather, or a fit of the gout. Last week Sic numero bonitas, numerus bonitate relucet ;
brought us the first Number of Con's second Ut stellas pariter lux numerusq; decet.
volume. . She goes on triumphantly, and is very annis pueros mirabitur hospes;
entertaining. Her sister Pilkington is not so forDum stupet, in pueris nil puerile videns.
tunate. She has squandered away the money she Consurgit, crescitq; puer, velut Hydra sub ictu; gained by her first volume, and cannot print her Florescitq; suis sæpe rigatus aquis.
second. But from you, I hope to hear of books of Stat regimen triplici fasces moderante magistro; another sort. A thin quarto named Louthiana is Doctaq; Musarum regna Triumvir habet.
most delicately printed, and the cuts admirably Scilicet hias inter sedes quòd regnet Apollo,
engraved : and yet we think the County of Louth Optimè Apollineus comprobat ille Tripos.
the most devoid of Antiquities of any County in Sic super invidiam sese effert æmula ; nullis
Ireland. The County of Corke is, I believe, in Invida, sed cunctis invidiosa scholis.
the press; and I am told it will be well executed. Indè in septenas se digerit ordine classes;
I have seen the County of Waterford, and approve Dispositæ, septem, quæ velut Astræ, micant. of it very much. These kind of Books are owing Discit et Authores propria inter mænia natos ; to an Historical Society formed at Dublin, and of Et generosa libros, quos legit, ipsa parit.
great use to this kingdom, which is improving in Instar Araneolæ Studiosa has exhibet artes;
all Arts and Sciences very fast : tho' I own to you, Quas de visceribus texuit ipsa suis.
the cheapness of French Claret is not likely to Literulas docet hic idem Præceptor et Author, add much at present to the encrease of literature. Idem discipulis Bibliotheca suis.
If all true Hibernians could bring themselves to be Accipit hìc lucem, non ultrà cæcus, Homerus :
of your opinion and Pindar's, the glorious memory Huc venit à Scythicis Naso reversus agris.
of King William might keep the head cool, and Utraq; divitijs nostris Academia crescit;
still warm the heart; but, alas, it sets both on fire: Hæc Schola ad implendas sufficit una duas.
and till these violent fits of bacchanalian loyalty Sic Fons exiguus binos excurrit in Amnes : Parnassi geminus sic quoque surgit Apex.
are banished from our great tables, I doubt few Huic collata igitur, quantùm ipsa Academia præstat :
of us shall ever rise higher in our reading than
the Memoirs of that kind I first mentioned. Dic, precor; Hæc doctos accipit, Illa facit.
I am, Dear Sir, and so is all my family, truly Ann, Dom. 1652,
Yours, aut 1653.”
To the Rev. Mr. Thomas Birch, [MS. Harl. 7025, fols. 184, 185.]
at his House in VI.
London. The Earl of Orrery to Mr., afterwards Dr., Free (Boyle).
Thonias Birch. [Addit. MS., Brit. Mus., 4303, Art. 147. Orig.]
Caledon, Sept. 21, 1748. Dear Sir,
The following paragraph is now going the round It either is, or seems to be, a long time since I of the newspapers without reference to the source heard from you. Perhaps you are writing the of information. I copy it from the Morning very same sentence to me; but as the loss is on
Chronicle of Friday, December 9. my side, you must give me leave to complain. This summer has passed away in great idleness
“ Escape of a Snake from a Man's Mouth.
traordinary circumstance occurred a few days ago to and feasting : so that I have scarce looked into a
Jonathan Smith, gunner's mate, who was paid off at book of any sort. Mrs. Pilkington and Con. Portsmouth on the 6th of May last, from her Majesty's Philips, however, have not escaped me.
ship Hastings, 72 guns, on her return to England from obliged to read them to adapt myself to the con the East Indies. He obtained six weeks' leave. On versation of my neighbours, who have talked upon the expiration of that time, after seeing his friends at no other topic, notwithstanding the more glorious Chatham, he joined the Excellent, gunnery-ship at subjects of Peace, and Lord Anson's
The Portsmouth. After some time he was taken unwell,
NEWSPAPER FOLK LORE.
his illness increased, and he exhibited a swelling in his KING JAMES'S IRISH ARMY LIST OF 1689-90. stomach and limbs. The surgeon considering that it
In last September I undertook a literary proarose from dropsy, he was removed into Haslar Hospital, and after much painful suffering, although he had ject, which I think could be greatly aided through every attention paid to him by the medical officers of the medium of "N. & Q.," as there are few families the establishment, he died. 'Two hours before his in the empire that are not connected with its dedeath a living snake, nine inches in length, came out of tails, and who might therefore be expected to feel his mouth, causing considerable surprise. How the interested in them. The project I allude to is a reptile got into his stomach is a mystery. It is sup- publication of King James's Irish Army List of posed that the deceased must have swallowed the 1689-90. King I must call him in reference to reptile when it was young, drinking water when the that list. Those that appear upon it were many Hastings was out in India, as the ship laid for some his creedmen, and all his devoted adherents. The time at Trincomalee, and close to a small island called list, of which I have a copy in MS., extends over Snake Island. The crew used very often to find snakes thirty-four pages octavo." The first two are filled on board. The way they used to get into the ship was with the names of all the colonels; the four enby the cable, and through the hawsers into the fore. suing are rolls of the regiments of horse ; the four castle. The deceased was forty years of age.
next, of the dragoons; and the remaining twentyinterred in Kingston churchyard. His remains were
four record the foot : each regiment being arfollowed to the grave by the ship's company of the Excellent."
ranged, with the colonel, lieutenant-colonel, and
major at head, and the captains, lieutenants, corThe proverbial wisdom of the serpent is here nets or ensigns, and quarter-masters, in columns, clearly exemplified. It has long been well known on each respectively. To every regiment I proamong sailor's that rats have the sense to change posed to append notices, historic and genealogical, their quarters when a vessel becomes cranky; to the extent of, perhaps, eight hundred pages or whence I believe arises the epithet “rat,” which more, for the compilation of which I have ample is sometimes scurrilously applied to a politic man materials in my own MS. collections. These no. who removes to the opposition benches when he tices I propose to furnish under him of the name perceives symptoms of dissolution in the ministry. who ranks highest on the list; and all the scatThe snake, in the simple narrative above quoted, tered officers of that name will be collected in that was evidently guided by some such prudential one article. motive when he quitted the stomach of the dying After an especial and full notice of such officer, sailor, which could not continue for any great to whom the family article is attached, his parentlength of time to afford protection and support to age, individual achievements, descendants, &c., the cunning reptile.
each illustration will briefly glance at the geneI have an amiable friend who habitually swallows alogy of that family, with, if an Irish sept, its with avidity the tales of sea-serpents which are ancient localities; if an English or Scotch, the periodically imported into this country on American county from whence it branched, and the period bottoms, and I have sufficient credulity myself to when it settled here. receive, without strict examination into evidence, I would next identify each family, so illustrated, the account of the swarming of the snakes up the with its attainders and forfeitures in 1641; cables into a ship; but I cannot so readily believe With the great Assembly of Confederate Cathat “considerable surprise” was caused in the tholics at Kilkenny in 1646 ; mind of any rational biped by the fact that a With the persons denounced by name in Cromliving snake, which had attained to the length of well's ordinance of 1652, "for settling Ireland ;" nine inches, took the very natural precaution to
With the declaration of royal gratitude to the come out of a dying man's mouth.
Irish exiles who served King Charles II. “in parts How the reptile got into his stomach is a beyond the seas," as contained in the Act of Exmystery which the newspaper writer has attempted planation of 1665 ; to clear up, but he has not attempted to explain James Ir. to civil offices, as sheriffs, &c., or mem
With (if space allowable) those advanced by how the reptile managed to live during many months in so unusual a habitation as a man's bers of his new corporations ; stomach.
With those who represented Irish counties or Some obliging correspondent of “N. & Q.” will boroughs in the Parliament of Dublin in 1689; perhaps have the kindness to explain this remark With the several outlawries and confiscations of able fact in natural history.
With the claims that were subsequently in 1703) preferred as charges on these forfeitures, and how far allowed or dismissed ;
And, lastly, as far as attainable, their achieve. ments in the glorious engagements of the Spanish and French Brigades :
All statements throughout being verified by they would be glad to bring before the public, and authorities.
authors be spared much unnecessary and often Already have I compiled and arranged the ma useless trouble and correspondence. Authors, I terials for illustrating the eight regiments of horse know, may feel some delicacy in coming before the upon this roll, viz. Tyrconnel's, Galmoy's, Sars- world in this manner before publication, although field's, Abercorn's, Luttrell's, Sutherland's, Par- after that rubicon is passed, their names and proker's, and Purcell's; a portion of the work in ductions are blazoned on all the winds; but as a which, according to my plan, the illustrations will previous announcement in “N. & Q.” may be be appropriated to the families of
made anonymously, as respects the name of the Aylmer. Lawless. Prendergast.
writer, although not of course as regards the nature Barnewall. Luttrell. Purcel.
of his work, there seems no just reason why honor. Butler. Matthews. Redmond.
able and beneficial arrangements may not be made Callaghan. M'Donnell. Rice.
in this way as well as by any other. To me this Cusack. M.Namara. Roche.
plan seems to offer some advantages, and I throw De Courcy.
out the hint for the consideration of all whom it Dempsey.
may concern. Everard. Nagle. Synnott.
Inscriptions on old Pulpits. — “N. & Q." has Gernon. O'Sullivan. Talbot. Hamilton.
given many kinds of inscriptions, from those on O'Kelly. &c. &c.
Fonts and Door-heads down to those on WatchKearney. Plunket.
papers ; perhaps, therefore, it may not be without And this section (about 100 pages) is open to its use or interest to make a beginning for a list inspection on appointment.
of inscriptions on old pulpits. The first inscripThe above is but a tithe of the surnames whose tion I quote is from Richard Baxter's pulpit, of genealogical illustrations I propose to furnish. which I have given a full description in Vol. v., The succeeding portions of the work, comprising p. 363.: six regiments of Dragoons, and upwards of fifty 1. Kidderminster. Baxter's pulpit (now preof Foot, will offer for notice, besides numerous served in the vestry of the Unitarian Chapel). septs of the O's and Mac's, the Anglo-Irish names On the panels of the pulpit : of
“ ALICE. DAWKX, WIDOW. GAVE . THIS. Barry.
Eustace. Nugent. Bellew. Fagan.
On the front of the preacher's desk: Bermingham. FitzGerald. Preston.
THE , LORD.” Burke.
Fitz Maurice. Russell. Round the sounding-board : Cheevers. Fitzpatrick. Savage.
“O . GIVE . THANKS , UNTO . THE , LORD . AND . CALL Cruise.
At the back of the pulpit :
“ANNO. 1621." Dowdall. Netterville. Cum multis aliis.
2. Suckley, Worcestershire; round the sound. My inquiry touching Lord Dover, who hends ing-board (apparently of very old date): the List, has heretofore elicited much curious in
“ BLESSED . ARE , THEY, THAT, HEAR. THE. WORDE. OF formation ; and I confide that all who can afford literary assistance to the undertaking, by letters, inspection of documents, or otherwise, will
3. Broadwas, Worcestershire; on the panels : promptly communicate on the subject.
« WILLIAM . NOXON .AND), ROGER , PRINCE. c,w. 1632." John D'Alton.
Round the sounding-board, the same text as at 48. Summer Hill, Dublin.
CUTHBERT BEDE, B.A.
Recent Curiosities of Literature. Thackeray, Minor Notes.
in the second number of The Newcomes, describes
an old lady's death as being caused from her head Authors and Publishers. As “ N. & Q." is
, having been cut with a bed-room candle. N. P. I believe, much read by booksellers as well as
Willis, in his Health Trip to the Tropics, speaks authors, would not both parties find great advantage by the latter advertising in your pages the [* Any assistance which we can afford in carrying completion and wished-for publication of any work out this suggestion, which we may remark comes from on which they may have been engaged ?' Pub one who has had practical experience on the subject, lishers, in this way, might hear of works which we shall be most happy to render. – ED.]
UPON . HIS. NAME. DECLARE. HIS, WORSHIP
AMONG . THE PEOPLE.
GOD. AND. KEEPE.