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Notes and Queries, Number 63, January 11, 1851   By:

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

No. 63.] SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1851. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Page The Breeches, or Geneva Bible 17 Poems discovered among the Papers of Sir Kenelm Digby 18 Works of Camoens, by John Adamson 18 Folk Lore 20 Elizabeth Walker Shakspeare 21 Old English Actors and Musicians in Germany 21 Minor Notes: The Curse of Scotland George Herbert Dutch Versions of English Essayists Long Meg of Westminster Errors in the Date of printed Books 22

QUERIES: Dousa's Poem on Sidney Old Dutch Song Book 22 Minor Queries: Sir Cloudesley Shovel Christopher Flecamore "Earth has no Rage." &c. D'Oyly and Barry Families Lord Crewe, Bishop of Durham Epigram on the Synod of Dort Private Memoirs of Queen Elizabeth Invention of Steam Power Mythology of the Stars Sword of the Conqueror Neville Family Meaning of "Difformis" Lynch Law Prior's Posthumous Works Suppressed Chantries 23

REPLIES: Pagnini's Bible 24 The Frozen Horn 25 Dominicals 25 Medals struck by Charles XII. Rudbeck's Atlantica, by G.J.R. Gordon 26 Replies to Minor Queries: Fossil Deer (not Elk) of Ireland "Away, let nought to love displeasing" Red Sindon Coleridge and the Penny Post Autograph of Titus Oates Circulation of the Blood True Blue Cherubim and Seraphim Darcy Lever Church Lines attributed to Lord Palmerston Defender of the Faith Farquharson on Auroræ, &c. 26

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 30 Books and Odd Volumes wanted 31 Notices to Correspondents 31 Advertisements 31



Of this, the most popular edition of the Scriptures in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, we meet continually with erroneous opinions of its rarity, and also of its value, which the following brief statement may tend in a degree to correct.

The translation was undertaken by certain reformers who fled to Geneva during the reign of Queen Mary; and is attributed to W. Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, Miles Coverdale, Thomas Sampson, Christopher Goodman, Thomas Cole, John Knox, John Bodleigh, and John Pullain; but Mr. Anderson, in his History of the English Bible , says that the translators were Whittingham, Gilby, and Sampson: and from the facts stated, he is, no doubt, correct.

It is called the "Breeches Bible" from the rendering of Genesis, iii. 7.:

"Then the eyes of them bothe were opened, and they knewe that they were naked, and they sewed fig tree leaves together, and made themselves breeches."

The first edition of the Geneva Bible was printed at Geneva in 1562, folio, preceded by a dedication to Queen Elizabeth, and an address "To our beloved in the lord the brethren of England, Scotland, Ireland," &c.; dated from Geneva, 10th April, 1561... Continue reading book >>

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