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Notes and Queries, Number 26, April 27, 1850   By:

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

No. 26.] SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1850 [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.



NOTES: Nicholas Breton, by the Rev. T. Corser. 409 Notes upon Cunningham's London, by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 410 Notes on the Dodo, by H.E. Strickland. 410 Derivation of "Sterling" and "Penny." 411 Hanno's Periplus, by S.W. Singer. 412 Folk Lore: Cook eels Divination by Bible and Key Weather Proverb. 412 Bibliographical Notes, by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 413 Pope, Petronius, and his Translators, by A. Rich, Jun. 414

QUERIES: When were Umbrellas introduced into England? by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 414 Minor Queries: Duke of Marlborough "M. or N." Song of the Bees William Godwin Regimental Badges Mother of Thomas à Becket Swords worn in public Emblem and National Motto of Ireland Latin Distich Verbum Græcum Pope Felix "Where England's Monarch." 415

REPLIES: Gray's Alcaic Ode. 416 Replies to Minor Queries: Chapels Beaver Poins and Bardolph God tempers the Wind Sterne's Koran Lollius Bishop Ryder Brown Study Seven Champions Tempora mutantur, &c. Vox Populi Vox Dei Cuckoo Ancient Tiles Daysman Safeguard Finkel Gourders of Rain Urbanus Regius Horns The or A Temple Ecclestiastical Year Paying through the Nose Quem Deus Shrew Zenobia Cromwell's Estates Vox et præterea Nihil Law of Horses Christ's Hospital Tickhill, God help me! 417

MISCELLANIES: MSS. of Casaubon Latin Epigram "Nec pluribus impar" Close Translation St. Antholin's Parish Books. 422

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 423 Books and Odd Volumes wanted. 423 Notices to Correspondents. 423



Like Mr. COLLIER (No. 23. p. 364.), I have for many years felt "a peculiar interest about Nicholas Breton," and an anxious desire to learn something more of him, not only from being a sincere lover of many of his beautiful lyrical and pastoral poems, as exhibited in England's Helicon , Davison's Poetical Rhapsodie , and other numerous works of his own, and from possessing several pieces of his which are not generally known, but also from my intimate connection with the parish in which he is supposed to have lived and died. From this latter circumstance, especially, I had been most anxious to connect his name with Norton, and have frequently cast a reverential and thoughtful eye on the simple monument which has been supposed to record his name; hoping, yet not without doubts, that some evidence would still be found which would prove it to be really that of the poet. It was therefore with the utmost pleasure that I read Mr. Collier's concluding paragraph, that he is "in possession of undoubted proof that he was the Nicholas Breton whose epitaph is on the chancel wall of the church of Norton in Northamptonshire."

It seems strange that, notwithstanding the number and variety of his writings, the length of time he was before the public, and the estimation in which he was held by his contemporaries, so little should be known concerning Breton, and the circumstances of his life be still involved in such great obscurity. In looking over his various publications, it is remarkable how little is to be gleaned in the preliminary prefixes which relate to his own personal history, and how very rarely he touches on any thing referring to himself. There is a plaintive and melancholy strain running through many of his works, and I am inclined to the opinion entertained by Sir Egerton Bridges and others, that cares, and misfortunes, and continued disappointments had brought on melancholy and despair, and that the plaintive and touching nature of his writings were occasioned by real sorrows and sufferings... Continue reading book >>

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