Notes and Queries, Number 26, April 27, 1850

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Title: Notes & Queries, No. 26. Saturday, April 27, 1850 A Medium Of Inter-Communication For Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, Etc.
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"When found, make a note of."--CAPTAIN CUTTLE.
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No. 26.] SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 1850 [Price Threepence. Stamped Edition 4d.
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NOTES:-- Nicholas Breton, by the Rev. T. Corser. 409 Notes upon Cunningham's London, by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 410 Notes on the Dodo, by H.E. Strickland. 410 Derivation of "Sterling" and "Penny." 411 Hanno's Periplus, by S.W. Singer. 412 Folk Lore:--Cook-eels--Divination by Bible and Key--Weather Proverb. 412 Bibliographical Notes, by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 413 Pope, Petronius, and his Translators, by A. Rich, Jun. 414
QUERIES:-- When were Umbrellas introduced into England? by E.F. Rimbault, LL.D. 414 Minor Queries:--Duke of Marlborough--"M. or N."--Song of the Bees--William Godwin--Regimental Badges--Mother of Thomas Becket--Swords worn in public--Emblem and National Motto of Ireland--Latin Distich--Verbum Gr?cum--Pope Felix--"Where England's Monarch." 415
REPLIES:-- Gray's Alcaic Ode. 416 Replies to Minor Queries:--Chapels--Beaver--Poins and Bardolph--God tempers the Wind--Sterne's Koran--Lollius--Bishop Ryder--Brown Study--Seven Champions--Tempora mutantur, &c.--Vox Populi Vox Dei--Cuckoo--Ancient Tiles--Daysman--Safeguard--Finkel--Gourders of Rain--Urbanus Regius--Horns--The or A Temple--Ecclestiastical Year--Paying through the Nose--Quem Deus--Shrew--Zenobia--Cromwell's Estates--Vox et pr?terea Nihil--Law of Horses--Christ's Hospital--Tickhill, God help me! 417
MISCELLANIES:-- MSS. of Casaubon--Latin Epigram--"Nec pluribus impar"--Close Translation--St. Antholin's Parish Books. 422
MISCELLANEOUS:-- Notes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c. 423 Books and Odd Volumes wanted. 423 Notices to Correspondents. 423
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Like Mr. COLLIER (No. 23. p. 364.), I have for many years felt "a peculiar interest about Nicholas Breton," and an anxious desire to learn something more of him, not only from being a sincere lover of many of his beautiful lyrical and pastoral poems, as exhibited in _England's Helicon_, _Davison's Poetical Rhapsodie_, and other numerous works of his own, and from possessing several pieces of his which are not generally known, but also from my intimate connection with the parish in which he is supposed to have lived and died. From this latter circumstance, especially, I had been most anxious to connect his name with Norton, and have frequently cast a reverential and thoughtful eye on the simple monument which has been supposed to record his name; hoping, yet not without doubts, that some evidence would still be found which would prove it to be really that of the poet. It was therefore with the utmost pleasure that I read Mr. Collier's concluding paragraph, that he is "in possession of undoubted proof that he was the Nicholas Breton whose epitaph is on the chancel-wall of the church of Norton in Northamptonshire."
It seems strange that, notwithstanding the number and variety of his writings, the length of time he was before the public, and the estimation in which he was held by his contemporaries, so little should be known concerning Breton, and the circumstances of his life be still involved in such great obscurity. In looking over his various publications, it is remarkable how little is to be gleaned in the preliminary prefixes which relate to his own personal history, and how very rarely he touches on any thing referring to himself. There is a plaintive and melancholy strain running through many of his works, and I am inclined to the opinion entertained by Sir Egerton Bridges and others, that cares, and misfortunes, and continued disappointments had brought on melancholy and despair, and that the plaintive and touching nature of his writings were occasioned by real sorrows and sufferings. This seems at variance with his being the purchaser of the manor and lordship of Norton, and in the possession and enjoyment of this world's goods. Thus in his _Auspicante Jehova Maries Exercise_, 8vo. 1597, one of the rarest of his works, in the dedication to Mary, Countess of Pembroke, speaking of his temporal condition, he remarks, "I have soncke my fortune in the worlde, hauing only the light of vertue to leade my hope unto Heauen:" and signs himself "Your La. sometime unworthy Poet, and now, and ever poore Beadman, Nich. Breton." And the "Address" after it is signed, "Your poore friend or servant N.B." I am aware that these phrases are sometimes used
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