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prefix. It occurs also in the words per-fidus “ Dead men tell no tales,” thought Pepin ; but faithless; per-do, to destroy; and its passive per-co, “murder will out.” Fieschi was only wounded. to be destroyed. It seems probable that it may

P. A. L. be a different word to the intensive per, and may

“ALL IS LOST SAVE Honour" (3rd S. xi. 275, fairly be compared with the Gothic fra, Germ. 407.) – A line of Dryden's, in his “ Astræa Rever, Eng. for, as in forlorn, forsworn, fordone. dux,” referring to the battle of Worcester, is a Might not this again connect itself with the Greek curiously literal translation of the phrase "Tout tep (originally meaning bad; cf. Kühn's Zeit- est perdu hors

honneur: schrift, vol. xiv. p. 188) as seen in néprepos? If

“ And all at Worcester but the honour lost." so, perperus and perperam ought to be added to the foregoing list.

Your correspondent L, has lately shown that On the other hand, the force of the prep. inter, Francis I. did not use the famous phrase, as it has that per may denote a going through with a thing, given by Voltaire in his Essai sur les Maurs et in intereo, interficio , interfio, renders it possible been generally, given, in writing to his mother.

Where does the phrase first appear? It is so and hence its completion and annihilation. SCISCITATOR.

CH.

l'Esprit des Nations, p. 174. SOURCE OF QUOTATIONS WANTED (3rd S. xii. 44, Numismata I find that the

SHEKEL (3rd S. xii. 92.)—On consulting Evelyn's

more ancient shekels 92.) —

bear the stamp of the pot of manna as some con“Quem Deus vult perdere prius dementat."

ceive, or as others, the censer or thuribulum, Mr. Ed. Fournier, in his valuable little work, casting forth a cloud of incense, and not seldom L'Esprit des Autres, says:

reversed with a sprig of Opo balsamum, or the “Souvent l'on ne sait vraiment à qui rendre le prêt rod of Aaron, as is conjectured, for they do not que vous a fait la Sagesse des moralistes, ou l'Esprit des all agree." I would suggest that the shekel menpoëtes. Nous n'avions jamais pu découvrir d'où venait tioned by your correspondent GAMMA answers le fameux Quos vult perdere Jupiter, dementat prius:? the above description.

S. L. On le prêtait aux écrivains du siècle d'Auguste ; mais dementat semblait d'une bien petite latinité. Enfin la FREDERICK PRINCE OF WALES (3rd S. xii. 90.) vraie source nous fut indiquée par notre ami Ch. Read That singular man the Rev. Henry Etough, of (a gentleman well known to the readers of the French

N. & Q.L'Intermédiaire), qui, un jour, à la Biblio- Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, rector of Therfieldthèque impériale, nous ouvrant, à la page 497, le tome ii. “had compiled,” says John Duncombe, “a ‘History of his de la traduction latine des Tre dies d'Euripide par J. own Times' (a political Atalantis), somewhat in the Barnes (Leipzig, 1779,) nous y fit lire un fragment manner of Burnet, which, I am told, he had carried d'Euripide, cité par Athénagoras, qui, sous la forme down as far as the characters of Frederick Prince of latine que lui avait donnée Barnés, était tout à fait la Wales and Lord Bolingbroke. But his sarcasms were phrase que nous cherchions. Puisque vous la connaissez too free and too libellous ever to be printed.”—Nichols' en latin, il suffira de vous donner le passage grec:

Literary Anecdotes, viii. 263. "Οταν δε δαίμων ανδρί πορσύνη κακά, ,

“ The papers of the Rev. Henry Etough consisted, not Τον νούν έβλαψε πρώτον. .

only of general memoirs of his own time, but separately. “ Une seule chose reste à savoir, c'est la disposition

those of particular people, such as Frederick Prince of

Wales," &c.-Ibid. ix. 807. qu'il faut donner aux mots de la phrase latine. M. Boissonade y a pourvu, en parvenant à faire, avec ces inots, If Etough's MSS. are in existence (are they, un vers ïambique

and if so, where ?) they may very probably supply Quos vult Jupiter perdere dementat prius.'” an answer to the query with respect to natural

P. A. L. children of the Prince of Wales. It is exceed“ Before thy mystic altar, heav'nly Truth,

ingly likely that Horace Walpole was acquainted I kneel in manhood, as I knelt in youth :

wită the MSS., and that he took from them the
Thus let me kneel, till this dull form decay, illustrations in support of the assertion that the
And life's last shade be brighten'd by thy ray: prince's “chief passion was women,” for his
Then shall my soul, now lost in clouds below,
Soar without bound, without consuming glow."

father Sir Robert was Etough's patron, and made

use of him to perform the ceremony on his marMemoirs of Sir William Jones's Life, 4to, riage with Miss Skerret, on which occasion, says p. 370. A note says:

Duncombe “ These lines were written by Sir William Jones in “ He requested a favour, which Sir Robert previously Berkeley's Siris : they are, in fact, a beautiful version of promised to grant, not doubting it was some preferment; the last sentence, amplified and adapted to himself.” but in truth it was only a certain political secret, which,

E. KING.

as far as he knew, the minister disclosed.” — Ibid.

viii. 262. JAMES HAMILTON (3rd S. xii. 69.) -- Fieschi's If Etough cared more for political secrets than infernal machine was not loaded by himself, but for preferment, there may be some curious secret by his friend Pepin, who purposely overloaded it, history in his MSS. It is satisfactory, at any rate, hoping by the bursting of it to kill him too. that ħe sought the former rather than the latter;

p. 425.

for Gray's severe epigram on him shows the were lopped off, actually by the advice of

persons opinion entertained, by some at least, of his who wished to befriend them. HOWDEN. unfitness for the priestly office. H. P. D.

WALKING UNDER A LADDER (3rd S. ix. 501.) HANGING IN THE BELL-ROPES (3rd S. xii. 91.)- | The walking under a ladder is less of a superIf, after the publication of banns, the marriage does stition than an old coarse joke, formerly frequent not come off

, the “deserted one is said in Wor- among the lower orders. It took its rise in the cestershire to be “hung in the bell-ropes.” The structure and formalities of the old gallows at phrase is probably known in many other counties. Tyburn, where there was no platform, but to

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which the patient ascended by a ladder that was This expression is in common use in North Lei- afterwards withdrawn. The old joke was discestershire near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and is ap- agreeable, and, its application being lost, people plied to persons on whose behalf the banns of still go on doing what their fathers did before them. marriage have been duly published without the

HOWDEN. wedding immediately following. Such persons RULE OF THE Road (3rd S. ix. 443.) – The are said to be "hanging in the bell-ropes,” evi- rule of the road is simply, in the first instance, dently meaning that the ringers are waiting for the necessity of having some rule by which the marriage ceremony to be performed, so that vehicles may not come into everlasting collision; they may aid in celebrating the event.

but, the second instance, the French rule has a Edw. HEARD.

rationale of its own, which gives it additional 40, Sherbourne Street, Islington.

convenience. In passing to the right of a road, This is a common phrase in Cumberland at the and not to the left, as in England, you have your present day. A couple are said to be “ hingin' whip-hand free, in case of starting, bolting, gibing, i' t' bell reåps” during the period which transpires or any other danger of too much juxtaposition. between the first publication of banns and mar

HOWDEN. riage. MR. BOUCHIER will find an illustration of

VERNA: CREOLE, ETC. (3rd S. xii. 62.) – In its use in a clever dialect ballad by the author of reply to one of the questions asked by Mr. THI, “Joe and the Geologist,” entitled “Lal Dinah

RIOLD, I may say that the Scottish word “ bairn" Grayson,” in the Songs and Ballads of Cumberland, is not " gradually dwindling into a contemptuous

SIDNEY GILPIN.

designation," as applied to small children. I have CHURCHES (3rd S. xii. 75.)—The lines supplied often heard Scottish mothers say, when speaking by T. B. have brought to my recollection a foot- endearingly to their children, ma bonnie bairn.” note in Black's Picturesque Tourist of Scotland, These words, when spoken with a strong Scottish 1845, p. 360:

accent, by a mother to her child, are very sweet * The parish church of Kinghorn is without a spire. indeed. The word is used contemptuously when This, and some other circumstances, supposed to be cha- applied to larger children and grown-up people. racteristic of the town, have given rise to the following If anyone does a childish act, he is called a couplet :

“muckle bairn.” A childish person is said to be “Here stands a kirk without a steeple,

“ bairly.”

D. MACPHAIL. A drucken priest, and a graceless people ;"

Johnstone. and of the lines, p. 309, taken from an old song, which appear to have reference to the village of ix. 423.)—May I be permitted to call VESTAUR’S

DRINKING HEALTHS IN NEW ENGLAND (1st S. Little Dunkeld, Perthshire:

attention to the following extract, which I have “O what a parish, what a terrible parish,

taken from a most interesting work, both to Old O what a parish is that of Dunkell! They hae hangit the minister, drowned the precentor,

and New England readers, bearing the title of Dung down the steeple, and drucken the bell. The Life and Letters of John Winthrop, by the Though the steeple was down, the kirk was still Hon. R. C. Winthrop, of Boston. Vide vol. ii. stannin',

52. The entry bears the date of October 25, They biggit a burn (qy. barn? ] where the bell used 1630 :

to hang; A stell-pat they gat, and they brewed Hieland whisky,

The governour, upon consideration of the inconveOn Sundays they drank it, and rantit and sang."

nience which had grown in England by drinking one to Newcastle-on-Tyne.

J. MANUEL

another, restrained it at his own table, and wished others

to do the like, so as it grew, by little and little, to disALMACK'S (3rd S. x. 138.)—There is no reason to attach shame to those Irish who so frequently The learned author adds the following note :during the last century modified their real names

Winthrop, in this reform, was nearly half a century of unmistakeable origin. The shame attaches to

before Sir Matthew Hale, who left a solemn injunction to not only the political intolerance, but the social his grandchildren against the drinking or pledging of prejudice of the time. I myself know various healths.” families from whose names the 0 and the Mac Malta.

W. W.

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