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Notes and Queries, Number 12, January 19, 1850   By:

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"When found, make a note of." CAPTAIN CUTTLE.

NO. 12.] SATURDAY, JANUARY 19. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition, 4d.


NOTES: Page Passage in Hudibras, by E.F. Rimbault 177 Field of the Brothers' Footsteps 178 Notes on Books and Authors, by Bolton Corney 178 Receipts of the Beggar's Opera 178 Notes on Cunningham's London, by E.F. Rimbault 180 Sewerage in Etruria 180 Andrew Frusius 180 Opinions respecting Burnet 181

QUERIES: St. Thomas of Lancaster, by R. Monckton Milnes 181 Shield of the Black Prince, &c. by J.R. Planché 183 Fraternitye of Vagabondes, &c. 183 The name of Shylock, by M.A. Lower 184 Transposition of Letters, by B. Williams 184 Pictures in Churches 184 Flaying in Punishment of Sacrilege 185 Minor Queries: Pokership or Parkership Boduc or Boduoc Origin of Snob Mertens the Printer Queen's Messengers Bishop of Ross' Epitaph, &c. Origin of Cannibal Sir W. Rider Origin of word Poghele, &c. 185

MISCELLANIES including ANSWERS TO MINOR QUERIES: Darkness at the Crucifixion High Doctrine Wife of King Robert Bruce The Talisman of Charlemagne Sayers the Caricaturist May Day Dr. Dee's Petition Lines quoted by Goethe Queen Mary's Expectations Ken's Hymns Etymology of Daysman, &c. 186

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 189 Books and Odd Volumes wanted 190 Notices to Correspondents 190 Advertisements 191


The often quoted lines

"For he that fights and runs away May live to fight another day,"

generally supposed to form a part of Hudibras , are to be found (as Mr. Cunningham points out, at p. 602. of his Handbook for London ), in the Musarum Deliciæ , 12mo. 1656; a clever collection of "witty trifles," by Sir John Mennis and Dr. James Smith.

The passage, as it really stands in Hudibras (book iii. canto iii. verse 243.), is as follows:

"For those that fly may fight again, Which he can never do that's slain."

But there is a much earlier authority for these lines than the Musarum Deliciæ ; a fact which I learn from a volume now open before me, the great rarity of which will excuse my transcribing the title page in full:

"Apophthegmes, that is to saie, prompte, quicke, wittie, and sentencious saiynges, of certain Emperours, Kynges, Capitaines, Philosophiers, and Oratours, as well Grekes as Romaines, bothe veraye pleasaunt and profitable to reade, partely for all maner of persones, and especially Gentlemen. First gathered and compiled in Latine by the right famous clerke, Maister Erasmus, of Roteradame. And now translated into Englyshe by Nicolas Udall. Excusam typis Ricardi Grafton , 1542. 8vo."

A second edition was printed by John Kingston, in 1564, with no other variation, I believe, than in the orthography. Haslewood, in a note on the fly leaf of my copy, says:

"Notwithstanding the fame of Erasmus, and the reputation of his translator, this volume has not obtained that notice which, either from its date or value, might be justly expected... Continue reading book >>

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