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Committee for the Repair of the TOMB OF GEOFFREY CHAUCER.
or not they have been anticipated. The following have reached us between the publication of our Number on Saturday last and Wednesday. “Our future Lists will comprise those received in the week ending on the Wednesday previous to publication. Lynch Law - Curse of Scotland – Butcher Willie – Midwives
Steam Navigation - Frozen Horn - Collar of ss. - Holland Land - Umbrellas - Passage in Tennyson-Sword of the Con. queror – Couplet in Defoe -- Thruscross – Earth has no rage Private Memoirs of Elizabeth - By.the-bye - Swearing by Swans - Sir Cloudesley Shovel - Chapel Ditformis - Grasson Savez - Land Holland - Peter Wilkins - Passage in St. Mark Cockade and True Blue - Mocker - Mythology of the Stars Cauting- Ten Children at a Birth - Swans.
W. H. B. will find, on referring to Chappell's National English Airs, that the words of Rule BRITANNIA were written by Thomson (in the Masque of Alired), and the music composed by Dr. Arne.
TAPETIA. - Miss Linwood's Salvator Mundi, after Carlo Dolce, is, we bedieve, in one of Her Majesty's privale apartments at Windsor Castle. We do not insert TAPETIA'S letter, because we by no means agree with the writer in his views of the property of the Crown. The Queen behaved most kindly and liberally on the occasion of the late Exhibition of Mediæval Art : but that is a very different thing from calling for a transfer of the Holbein or Da Pinci dratings to some public museum.
R. W. E. will find the custom of " Going a Gooding," which appears to prevail on St. Thomas's Day in many parts of the country, described in Brand's Popular Antiquities (ed. Ellis). S. G. (C.C.C.C.) is thanked for his friendly Note.
Had we been aware of the facts with which he has now furnished , of course, the communication to which he refers would not have been inserted in its present shape.
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Errata. - No. 63. p. 29. the article on Totness Church should have preceded that on Swinging Turcen; p. 27. 1. 21. for “ Cyssus" read byssus," and I. 24. for " inventions" read " inventories ;" p. 3 1.51, for "on alarm" read " no alarm."
JOHN BRUCE, Esq., Treas. S.A.
WILLIAM J. THOMS, Esq., F.S.A. The Tomb of Geoffrey Chaucer in Westminster Abby is fast mouldering into irretrievable decay. A sum of One Hundred Pounds will effect a perfect repair. The Committee have not thought it right to fix any limit to the subscription; they themselves, hare opened the list with a contribution from each of them of Five Shillings; but they will be ready to receive any amount, more or less, which those who value poetry and honour Chaucer may be kind enough to remit to them.
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TRADITIONAL ENGLISH BALLADS.
52 Discrepancies in Dugdale's Account of Sir Ralph de Cob
The task of gathering old traditionary song is ham, by W. Hastings Kelke
surely a ple:sant and a lightsome one. Albeit the Henry Chettle Coverdale's Bible
harvest has been plentiful and the gleaners many, Answer to Cowley
still a stray sheaf may occasionally be found worth Folk Lore of Lancashire, No. 1., by T. T. Wilkinson Minor Notes : - Proclamation of Langholme Fair - the having. But we must be careful not to “pick Seats in Churches. - Flemish Account -Use of Mono
up a straw.” syllables - Specimen of Foreign English – Epitaph
One of your correspondents recommends, as an QUERIES :
addition to the value of your pages, the careful The Tale of the Wardstaff, by S. W. Singer
57 Ballad ascribed to Sir C. Hanbury Williams, by G. H. getting together of those numerous traditional Barker
ballads that are still sometimes to be met with, Minor Queries:- Book called Tartuare - William Wal
lace in London -Obeism -- Aged Monks - Lady Alice floating about various parts of the country. This Carmichael -"A Verse may tind him" - Daresbury, the White Chapel of England - Ulm Manuscript
advice is by no means to be disregarded, but I Merrick and attersal -Dr. Trusler's Memoirs wish to point out the necessity of the contributors Life of Bishop Frampton -- Probabilisi — Sir Henry
to the undertaking knowing something about Chauncy's Observations on Wilfred Entwysel - Theological Practs - Lady Bingham - Gregory the Great ballad literature. An acquaintance with the orJohn Hill's Penny Post in 1659 — Andrea Ferrara
dinary published collections, at least, cannot be Imputed Letters of Sullustius - Thomas Rogers of Horoinger - Tandem D.O.M. – The Episcopal Mitre 59 dispensed with.
Without this knowledge we REPLIES:
should be only multiplying copies of worthless The Passage in Troilus and Cressida, by John Taylor 62 trifles, or reprinting ballads that had alreally apBlack Images of the Virgin, by J. B. Litchfield
63 Outline in Painting
63 peared in print. Ten Children at a Birth
64 The traditional copies of old black-letter ballars Shakspeare's Use of " Captious"
65 S.x ord of Williarn the Conqueror
are, in almost all cases (as may easily be seen by Meaning of Bisell
66 comparison), much the worse for wear. Altar Lights, &c.
68 Re, lies to Minor Queries : - Handbell before a Corpse
proof of this I refer the curious in these matters to – Sir George Downing - Hulls, the Inventor of Steam- à volume of Traditional Versions of Old Ballails, boats "Clarum et venerabile Nomin" - Occult Transposition of Letters - Darby and Joan – Did collected by Mr. Peter Buchan, and edited by Bunyan know Hobbes ? -- Mythology of the Stars - Mr. Dixon for the Percy Society. The Rev. Mr. Dodo Queries - Holland Land Swearing by Swans – The Frozen Horn - Cockade and True Blue - The
Dyce pronounces this “ a volume of forgeries ; Vavasours of Hazlewood " Breeches" Bible - Bis- but, acquitting poor Buchan (of whom more anon) toire des Sérarambes - Verses attributed to Charles Yorke -- Archb shop Bolton of Cashel - Erasmus and
of any intention to deceive, it is, to say the least Farel – Early Culture of the Imagination - William of it, a volume of rubbish; inasmuch as the ballaus Chilcot -- By and byi-Mocker – Was Colonel Hew.
are all worthless modern versions of what had a Cobbler ? - Mole - Pillgarlick-A recent Novel - Tablet to Napoleon - North Sides of Churchyards appeared “ centuries ago” in their genuine shape.
Wisby - Singing of Swans - Dacre Monument at Herstmonceux Herstmonceux Castle
Had these ballads not existed in print, we should
Suem ; Ferling; Grasson - Portrait of Archbishop Williams- have been glad of them in any form; but, in the Suans hatched during Thunder - Eumology of Apricot — " Piurima gemma latet cæcâ tellure sepulta
present case, the publication of such a book (more Time when Herodotus write - Lucy and Colin especially by a learned society) is a positive Translations of Apuleius, &c. – Etymology of “Gras
nuisance. son - Lunch Law -" Talk not of Love"
- The Butcher Duke - Curfew - Robertson Struan
68 Another work which I cannot refrain from MISCELLANEOUS:
noticing, called by one of the reviewers “a valuNotes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c.
77 able contribution to our stock of ballad literature"? Books and Odd Votumes Wanted
78 Notices to Correspondents
is Mr. Frederick Sheldon's Minstrelsy of the
78 English Border. The preface to this volume
promises much, as may be seen by the following “ This ballad has been known about the English passage:
Border for many years, and I can remember a version " It is now upwards of forty years since Sir Walter of it being sung by my grandmother!” Scott published his Border Minstrelsy, and during his
He also informs us that he has added the last • raids,' as he facetiously termed his excursions of dis- verse but one, in order to make the "ends of covery in Liddesdale, Teviotdale, Tyndale, and the justice” more complete! Merse, very few ballads of any note or originality could P. 232. The Laird of Roslin's Daughter : possibly escape bis enthusiastic inquiry; for, to his “ The Laird of Roslin's daughter love of ballad literature, he added the patience and re
Walk'd through the wood her lane ; search of a genuine antiquary. Yet, no doubt many And by her came Captain Wedderburn, ballads did escape, and still remain scattered up and
A servant to the Queen." down the country side, existing probably in the recol. This is a wretched version (about half the original lection of many a sun-browned shepherd, or the
length) of a well-known ballad, entitled “Captain weather-beaten brains of ancient hinds, or eldern'
or in the well-thumbed and nearly illegible Wedderburn's Courtship.” It first appeared in leaves of some old book or pamphlet of songs, snugly print in The New British Songster, a collection resting on the “pot-head,' or sharing their rest with published at Falkirk, in 1785. It was afterwards the Great Ha' Bible,' Scott's Worthies, or Blind Harry's inserted in Jamieson's Popular Ballads and Songs, lines, The parish dominie or pastor of some obscure
1806; Kinloch's Ancient Ballads, 1826; Chambers' village, amid the many nooks and corners of the Bor- Scottish Ballads, 1829, &c. But hear what Mr. ders, possesses, no doubt, treasures in the ballad-ware Sheldon has to say, in 1847:-that would have gladdened the heart of a Ritsoni, a • This is a fragment of an apparently ancient ballad, Percy, or a Surtees; in the libraries, too, of many an related to me by a lady of Berwick-on-Tweed, who ancient descendant of a Border family, some black- used to sing it in her childhood. I have given all that lettered volume of ballads doubtlessly slumbers in hal- she was able to furnish me with. The same lady lowed and unbroken dust."
assures me that she never remembers having seen it in This reads invitingly; the writer then pro- print [!!], and that she had learnt it from her nurse, ceeds :
together with the ballad of • Sir Patrick Spens,' and
several Irish legends, since forgotten." “ From such sources I have obtained many of the ballads in the present collection. Those to which I
P. 274. The Merchant's Garland:have stood godfather, and so baptized and remodelled,
“ Syr Carnegie 's gane owre the sea, I have mostly met with in the broad-side ' ballads, as
And's plowing thro' the main, they are called.”
And now must make a lang voyage,
The red gold for to gain." Although the writer here speaks of Ritson and This is evidently one of those ballads which calls Percy as if he were acquainted with their works, Mr. Sheldon. “ godfather.” The original ballad, it is very evident that he had not looked into their which has been “ baptized and remodelled,”, is contents. The name of Evans' Collection had called “ The Factor's Garland." It begins in the probably never reached him. Alas! we look in following homely manner:vain for the tantalising "pamphlet of songs," --still,
“ Behold here's a ditty, 'tis true and no jest, perhaps, snugly resting on the “pot-head,” where our author in his “poetical dream” first saw it.
Concerning a young gentleman in the East, The“ black-lettered volume of ballads” too, in
Who by his great gaming came to poverty,
And afterwards went many voyages to sea." the library of the “ancient descendant of a Border family,” still remains in its dusty repository, un
P. 329. The rare Ballad of Johnnie Faa :touched by the hand of Frederick Sheldon.
“ There were seven gipsies in a gang, In support of the object of this paper I shall
They were both brisk and bonny (); now point out "a few" of the errors of The Min
They rode till they came to the Earl of Castle's
house, strelsy of the English Border.
And there they sang so sweetly 0." P. 201. The Fair Flower of Northumberland :
This is a very hobbling version (from the recitation “ It was a knight in Scotland born,
of a “gipsy vagabond ") of a ballad frequently Follow my love, come over the Strand;
reprinted. It first appeared in Ramsay's TeaWas taken prisoner, and left forlorn
Table Miscellany; afterwards in Finlay's and Even by the good Erle Northumberland,”
Chambers' Collections. None of these versions This is a corrupt version of Thomas Deloney's were known to Mr. Sheldon. celebrated ballad of “ The Ungrateful Knight," I have now extracted enough from the Minprinted in the History of Jack of Newbery, 1596, strelsy of the English Border to show the mode of and in Ritson's Ancient Songs, 1790. A Scottish 4 ballad editing
as pursued by Mr. Sheldon, version may be found in Kinloch's Ballads, under The instances are sufficient to strengthen my pothe title of “The Provost's Daughter.' Mr. / sition. Sheldon knows nothing of this, but says,
One of the most popular traditional ballads still
floating about the country, is “King Henrie the “ Then came out the dusty Mouse, Fifth's Conquest :'
I am Lady of this house,
Hast thou any minde of me?
Tweedle, &c. in the Appendix to his History of the Battle of “ Who shall this marriage make? Agincourt, 2il edition, 8vo. 1832. It again ap
Humble-dum, &c. peared (not from either of Sir Harris Nicolas's Our Lord, which is the Rat, copies) in the Rev. J. C. Tyler's Henry of Mon
Tweedle, &c. mouth, 8vo. vol. ii. p. 197. And, lastly, in Mr. “ What shall we have to our supper? Dixon's Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the
Humble-dum, &c. Peasantry of England, printed by the Percy So- Three beanes in a pound of butter, ciety in 1846. These copies vary considerably
Tweedle, &c. from each other, which cannot be wondered at,
“ When supper they were at, when we find that they were obtained from inde
Humble-dum, &c. pendent sources. Mr. Tyler does not allude to The Frogge, the Mouse, and even the Rat, Sir Harris Nicolas's copies, nor does Mr. Dixon
Tweedle, &c. seem aware that any printed version of the tra
6Then came in Gib our Cat, ditional ballad had preceded his. The ballad,
Humble-dum, &c. however, existed in a printed “ broad-side" long And catcht the Mouse even by the backe, before the publications alluded to, and a copy,
Tweedle, &e. * Printed and sold in Aldermary Church Yard," « Then did they separate, is now before me. It is called “King Henry V.,
Humble-dum, &c. his Conquest of France in Revenge for the Atfront And the Frogge leapt on the floore so flat, offered by the French King in sending him (instead
Tweedle, &c. of the Tribute) a ton of Tennis Balls."
· Then came in Dicke our Drake, An instance of the various changes and muta
Humble-dum, &c. tions to which, in the course of ages, a popular And drew the Frogge even to the lake, ballad is subject, exists in the “Frog's Wedding."
Tweedle, &c. The pages of the "Notes and Queries " testify to
“ The Rat ran up the wall, this in a remarkable degree. But no one has yet
Humble-dum, &c. hit upon the original ballad; unless, indeed, the
A goodly company, the Divell goe with all, following be it, and I think it has every appearance
Tweedle, &c.” of being the identical ballad licensed to Edward White in 1580-1. It is taken from a rare mu
From what I have shown, the reader will agree sical volume in my library, entitled Melismata; with me, that a collector of ballads from oral traMusicall Phansies, fitting the Court, Citie, and dition should possess some acquaintance with the Countrey Humours. Printed by William Stansby labours of his predecessors. This knowledge is for Thomas Adams, 1611. 4to.
surely the smallest part of the duties of an editor.
I remember reading, some years ago, in the
writings of old Zarlino (an Italian author of the “ It was the Frogge in the well,
sixteenth century), an amusing chapter on the Humble-dum, humble dum; And the merrie Mouse in the mill,
necessary qualifications for a complete mu
sician.” . The recollection of this forcibly returns Tweedle, tweedle twino.
to me after perusing the following extract from “ The Frogge would a-wooing ride,
the preface to a Collection of Ballads (2 vols. 8vo. Humble-dum, &c.
Edinburgh, 1828), by our "simple" but wellSword and buckler by his side,
meaning friend, “ Mr. Peter Buchan of Peter. Tweedle, &c.
head." “ When he was upon his high horse set,
“ No one has yet conceived, nor has it entered the Humble dum, &c.
mind of man, what patience, perseverance, and general His boots they shone as blacke as jet,
knowledge are necessary for an editor of a Collection Tweedle, &c.
of Ancient Ballads ; nor what mountains of difficulties “ When he came to the merry mill pin,
he has to overcome; what hosts of enemies he has to Humble-dum, &c.
encounter; and what myriads of little-minded quibblers Lady Mouse, beene you within ?
he has to silence. The writing of explanatory notes is Tweedle, &c.
like no other species of literature. History throws
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