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Notes and Queries, Number 72, March 15, 1851 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.   By:

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

No. 72.] SATURDAY, MARCH 15. 1851. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Page Illustrations of Chaucer 201 Inedited Poetry, No. II., by K. R. H. Mackenzie 203 On a Passage in Marmion 203 Gloucestershire Provincialisms, by Albert Way 204 The Chapel of Loretto 205 Folk Lore: "Nettle in Dock out" Soul separates from the Body Lady's Trees Norfolk Folk Lore Rhymes 205 Minor Notes: Note for the Topographers of Ancient London, and for the Monasticon Gray and Burns Traditional Notice of Richard III. Oliver Cromwell Snail eating 206

QUERIES: Biddings in Wales 207 Minor Queries: Lord of Relton Beatrix de Bradney "Letters on the British Museum" Ballad Editing: The "Outlandish Knight" Latin Epigram on the Duchess of Eboli Engraved Portrait Blackstone's Commentaries and Table of Precedence The Two Drs. Abercromby Witte van Haemstede J. Bruckner: Dutch Church in Norwich 208

MINOR QUERIES ANSWERED: The Hereditary Earl Marshal The Beggar's Petition "Tiring irons never to be untied" 209

REPLIES: The Meaning of Eisell, by H. K. S. Causton 210 Replies to Minor Queries: William Chilcott Fossil Elk of Ireland Canes Lesos "By Hook or by Crook" Suem Sir George Downing Miching Malicho Cor Linguæ Under the Rose "Impatient to speak, and not see" Bishop Frampton Old Tract on the Eucharist Was Hugh Peters ever on the Stage? 212

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 214 Books and Odd Volumes wanted 215 Notices to Correspondents 215 Advertisements 215



(Vol. iii., pp. 131. 133.)

I am glad to perceive that some of the correspondents of "NOTES AND QUERIES" are turning their attention to the elucidation of Chaucer. The text of our father poet, having remained as it were in fallow since the time of Tyrwhitt, now presents a rich field for industry; and, in offering free port and entry to all comments and suggestions, to be there sifted and garnered up, the pages of "NOTES AND QUERIES" may soon become a depository from which ample materials may be obtained for a new edition of Chaucer, now become an acknowledged desideratum.

One excellent illustration has lately been added, at page 133., in a note without signature upon "Nettle in, dock out." If confirmed [1], it will furnish not only a most satisfactory explanation of that hitherto incomprehensible phrase, but also a curious example of the faithful preservation of an exact form of words through centuries of oral tradition.

And if the note which precedes it, at page 131., upon a passage in Palamon and Arcite, is less valuable, it is because it is deficient in one of the most essential conditions which such communications ought to possess that of originality. No suggestion ought to be offered which had been previously published in connexion with the same subject: at least in any very obvious place of reference, such as notes or glossaries already appended to well known editions of the text.

Now the precise explanation of the planetary distribution of the twenty four hours of the day, given by [Greek: e]... Continue reading book >>

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