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LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1908. comparatively small matters, which may

safely be left to the judicious reader.
CONTENTS. - No. 262.

When we

to the ballad •Clerk
NOTES :-Scotch Words and English Commentators, 1–Colvin ' we find a different state of things.

Bibliograpby of Dibdin, 2 - Tennyson's "Lord of Bur. The opening stanza of this narrative states
leigh,” 4 - Fortune, Infortune, Fort-Une” - Ambrose that the “girdle round the middle jimp" of

Bodley, 6–N. & Q. Anagram-Burial Custom at Ardoch Colvin's lady cost her lord no less a sum than

-Lodona-Dagger Money, 7.

crowns fifteen. To this Lewis or his repre-

QUERIES :- Walton and Cotton_Club-Annie of Tharau- sentative appends the startling note, “Jimps,

Rubens Pictures, 7--Forman-Tennyson and Kingsley - stays”! This deliverance may have been

Burke-Kieff, Kiev, Kiew-Rev. S. Fisher-Arms Wanted due not so much to hopeless ignorance as

8– Interview" --Japanese Monkeys-Lady Mary Prince misguided ingenuity, for the annotator may

--Tintagel Church-Rookwood and his Ride_" Motor"

have been thinking of another ballad, where

Smuggling-Inscription at Wintringham, 9.

a lady exclaims :-

REPLIES :-Descendants of Elizabethan Worthies, 10-

And wha will lace my middle jimp

Armigerous Families—Bruce and Burns, 11-Roubiliac's
Bust of Pope Esquires - Sir Thomas Browne

Wi' a lang linen band ?

Brooch of Lorn, 12--The Golden Horn-Latin Conversa-

tion-Misquotations - Elizabethan Poem-King's Weigh The natural inference of a mere man from

House, 13– Pausanias-Monarch in a Wheelbarrow-Latin such an appeal would be that what needed

Quotation - Index : How not to Make Purcell Family lacing was a portion of wearing apparel, and

Branstill Castle, 14—“Eparchy" - Mourning Sunday-

" Transcendant, 15 - Atlas Wanted -B. R. Haydon not an epithet indicative of exquisite grace.

Frankliniana

as Part of Title - "Warth"

It is probably similar lyrical bewilderment

Kipling's 'City of Dreadful Night,' 16—" Lupo-mannaro
-Pendugum : Carlyng, 17-Cadaver-Castle Carewe, 18. that presently makes Clerk Colvin exclaim,

"Ohan! and alas !” in the text, and explains
NOTES ON BOOKS :-New Volumes of The Encyclo-
pædia Britannica'-Hassall's Stubbs's Historical Intro-

"row,” meaning wrap or roll, as rap, which

ductions to the Rolls Series " - Burke's Peerage and is surely too deliberate for a typical error.

Baronetage' -. Roglishwoman's Year-Book '-'American Towards the end of the ballad the Clerk is

Library Journal.'

credibly informed that things with him “will

Notices to Correspondents.

ever be wae," and the annotator carefully

glosses this as " be painful,” thereby showing

commendable courage and some promise of

Notes.

improvement. But immediately afterwards

he lapses wofully. Clerk Colvin, conscious

SCOTCH WORDS AND ENGLISH after what has befallen him that he must

COMMENTATORS.

now dree his weird, rides crestfallen to get

final solace from his mother :-

IN 1887 the late Prof. Henry Morley
added M. G. Lewis's "Tales of Terror He has mounted on his berry-brown steed,
and Wonder' to the useful series which he And dowie, dowie on he rides,

Till he has reached Dunallan's towers,
published under the title of the “Universal

And there his mother dear resides.
Library." He seems to have restricted his
editorial duties to the writing of a concise “ Dowie” is the word here that naturally
and helpful introduction and, perhaps, the proves the mettle of the glossarist, and it is
superintendence of the text. Lewis's notes appalling to find him, with all the English
he has left to themselves : he has not supple- language to draw upon, deliberately choosing
mented them where additions were wanted, swiftly as an appropriate equivalent! Surely
and he has not corrected mistakes. There Monk Lewis, if indeed he were his own ex-
is need, for instance, to qualify Lewis's ex- ponent, must have known the verb "dow,"
planation of “wraiths” water-spirits," signifying, to fade or wither, and common
given as a note on a line in Bothwell's in Scottish poetry from the Book of the
Bonny Jane'; and what is said of St. Bothan, Houlate' onwards. Then The Dowie Dens
Hallowe'en, and the Brownie at further stages o? Yarrow' had worn the grave and sweet
of the same ballad could be materially im- dignity of old romance for generations
proved by expert comment. “Bellane- before the compilation of Tales of Terror
tree?" and "bathy” in the notes to Scott's and Wonder.' The modern reader who
Glenfinlas' are misprints for beltane-tree wishes to see "dowie " properly applied may
and bothy; and the definition of “windle- be referred to the works of Hew Ainslie, a
strae," which occurs in Leyden's ‘Elfin-King,' poet who has written genuine Scottish verse
is not sufficiently exhaustive, even if it does in these latter days, when the higher criticism
happen to have been the explanation given has said that such verse is impossible. Ainslie
by Leyden himself. These, however, are thus opens a touching elegiac poem :-

as

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