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Notes and Queries, Number 79, May 3, 1851 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc   By:

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Transcriber's note: A few typographical errors have been corrected: they are listed at the end of the text.




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

No. 79.] SATURDAY, MAY 3. 1851. [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.


NOTES: Page Illustrations of Chaucer, No. V. 345 Foreign English Guide to Amsterdam 346 Seven Children at a Birth three Times following 347 Ramasshed, Meaning of the Term 347 Authors of the Poetry of the Anti Jacobin, by E. Hawkins 348 Minor Notes: Egg and Arrow Ornament Defoe's Project for purifying the English Language Great Fire of London Noble or Workhouse Names 349

QUERIES: Passages in the New Testament illustrated from Demosthenes 350 The House of Maillé 351 Minor Queries: Meaning of "eign" The Bonny Crayat What was the Day of the Accession of Richard the Third? Lucas Family Watch of Richard Whiting Laurence Howel, the Original Pilgrim Churchwardens' Accounts, &c. of St. Mary de Castro, Leicester Aristotle and Pythagoras When Deans first styled Very Reverend Form of Prayer at the Healing West Chester The Milesians Round Robbin Experto credo Roberto Captain Howe Bactria 351

REPLIES: The Family of the Tradescants, by Dr. E. F. Rimbault 353 Meaning of Venville, by E. Smirke 355 Replies to Minor Queries: Newburgh Hamilton Pedigree of Owen Glendower Mind your P's and Q's The Sempecta at Croyland Solid hoofed Pigs Porci solide pedes Sir Henry Slingsby's Diary Criston, Somerset Tradesmen's Signs Emendation of a Passage in Virgil 356

MISCELLANEOUS: Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 358 Books and Odd Volumes wanted 358 Notices to Correspondents 358 Advertisements 359



The Arke of Artificial Day .

Before proceeding, to point out the indelible marks by which Chaucer has, as it were, stereotyped the true date of the journey to Canterbury, I shall clear away another stumbling block, still more insurmountable to Tyrwhitt than his first difficulty of the "halfe cours" in Aries, viz. the seeming inconsistency in statements (1.) and (2.) in the following lines of the prologue to the Man of Lawe's tale:

{ "Oure hoste saw wel that the bright sonne, (1.) { The arke of his artificial day, had ironne { The fourthe part and halfe an houre and more, { And saw wel that the shadow of every tree { Was as in length of the same quantitie, { That was the body erecte that caused it, { And therefore by the shadow he toke his wit (2.) { That Phebus, which that shone so clere and bright, { Degrees was five and fourty clombe on hight, { And for that day, as in that latitude { It was ten of the clok, he gan conclude."

The difficulty will be best explained in Tyrwhitt's own words:

"Unfortunately, however, this description, though seemingly intended to be so accurate, will neither enable us to conclude with the MSS. that it was ' ten of the clock ,' nor to fix upon any other hour; as the two circumstances just mentioned are not found to coincide in any part of the 28th, or of any other day of April, in this climate... Continue reading book >>

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