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Notes and Queries, Number 13, January 26, 1850   By:

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

NO. 13.] SATURDAY, JANUARY 26. 1850. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition, 4d.


NOTES: Domingo Lomelyn, Jester to Henry VIII., By Edward F. Rimbault Marlowe and the Old Taming of a Shrew Beetle Mythology Churchwardens' Accounts of St. Margaret's, Westminster, by Rev. M. Walcott Notes on Cunningham's London, by E.F. Rimbault Old Painted Glass Aelfric's Colloquy, by S.W. Singer Logographic Printing Memorial of Duke of Monmouth's Last Days

QUERIES: Catherine Pegge, by Lord Braybrooke William Basse and his Poems, by J.P. Collier Minor Queries: Christmas Hymn Passage in Pope Circulation of the Blood Meaning of Pallace Oliver Cromwell Savegard and Russells Pandoxare Lord Bacon's Psalms Festival of St. Michael, &c. Luther and Erasmus Lay of the Phoenix Agricola Liturgy Version of Psalms

MISCELLANIES including ANSWERS TO MINOR QUERIES: Sir W. Rider Sonnet Pilgrimage of Princes, &c. Seal of Killigrew Lacedaemonian Black Broth Epigram Bigotry Gowghe's Dore of Holy Scripture Reinerius Saccho Discurs Modest Defoe Etymology of Muffins By Hook or by Crook El BuscapiƩ, &c.

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, catalogues, &c. Books and Odd Volumes wanted Notices to Correspondents Advertisements


Shakespeare, in the Second Part of Henry IV. act v. sc. 3 makes Silence sing the following scrap:

"Do me right, And dub me knight: Samingo ."

And Nash, in his Summer's Last Will and Testament , 1600 (reprinted in the last edition of Dodsley's Old Plays , vol. xi. p. 47.) has

"Monsieur Mingo for quaffing doth surpass, In cup, in can, or glass; God Bacchus, do me right, And dub me knight, Domingo "

T. Warton, in a note in vol. xvii. of the Variorum Shakespeare, says, " Samingo , that is San Domingo , as some of the commentators have observed. But what is the meaning and propriety of the name here, has not yet been shown. Justice Silence is here introduced as in the midst of his cups; and I remember a black letter ballad, in which either a San Domingo or a Signior Domingo , is celebrated for his miraculous feats in drinking. Silence, in the abundance of his festivity, touches upon some old song, in which this convivial saint , or signior , was the burden. Perhaps, too, the pronounciation in here suited to the character." I must own that I cannot see what San Domingo has to do with a drinking song. May it not be an allusion to a ballad or song on Domingo , one of King Henry the Eighth's jesters?

" Domyngo Lomelyn , That was wont to wyn Moche money of the kynge, At the cardys and haserdynge."

Skelton's Why come ye not to Courte , ed. Dyce, ii. p. 63.

None of the commentators have noticed this, but I think my suggestion carries with it some weight.

In the Privy Purse Expenses of King Henry the Eighth (published by Sir H. Nichols, in 1827), are many entries concerning this Domingo , most of which relate to payments of money that he had won from the king at cards and dice. He was evidently, as Sir Harris Nichols observes, one of King Henry's "diverting vagabonds," and seems to have accompanied his majesty wherever he went, for we find that he was with him at Calais in 1532. In all these entries he is only mentioned as Domingo; his surname, and the fact of his being a Lombard, we learn from Skelton's poem, mentioned above.

The following story, told of Domingo , occurs in Mr. (afterwards Sir John) Harington's Treatise on Playe , 1597, printed in the Nugae Antiquae , edit. Park, vol. i. p.222.:

"The other tale I wold tell of a willinge and wise loss I have hearde dyversly tolde... Continue reading book >>

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