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vene between the words " hither" and Mr. Weber, who declares himself ut“ also :" by this arrangement of the terly ignorant of the nature of the text, Jonson's allusion to the vain punishment (as he terms it) threatened and fleeting splendour of two great against Ralph. The phrase "lo cap" Monarchs becomes intelligible. is still in general use throughout Ire
Jand, amongst the keepers of publicIn volume VIII. page 29, of the houses and those persons who sell same work, Mr. Weber is justly ridi. goods at standings in the streets, by culed for presenting us with these whom the punishment is frequently lines in his late edition of Beaumont inflicted upon fraudulent customers, and Fletcher ; see vol. 11. p. 55: when attempting to retire without
“May't rain above all almanacks, till making a fair payment: it consists in The carriers sail, and the King's fish- forcibly taking off the bat from the monger
[London." insolvent's head, and detaining it as a Ride like Bike Arion upon a trout to pledge for the money. Of this prac.
Mr. Weber unquestionably con. tice, which is also common amongst ceived that Bike was the prænomen schoolboys, I have witnessed many of Arion; but it is (as Mr. Gifford instances, On examination of the observes) merely an accidental repetir coolext, it will be found that this tion of the preceding word "like” in interpretation correctly and fully exthe old copies. I suspect that Mr. plains the term : the Host proceeds to Weber was actually ignorant of the seize Ralph's car, when the Citizen correct pronunciation of Arion's name, interferes to prevent his apprentice as lie has given it with a false pro. from suffering so foul a disgrace, and sody in this passage, and also in an exclaims,“ Cap Ralph ? no; hold your other occurring at page 151 of vol. hand, Sir Knight of the Bell! There's VII. in “The Bloody Brother," where your money,” &c. The word "capthe Cook humourously boasts to his piog," which occurs in Mr. Weber's companions,
quotation from“Ward's London Spy, “For fish, I'll make yon a standing
is used in precisely the same sense. Jake of white broth, And pikes come ploughing up the plums In Shakspeare's “ Antony and Cleo
before them ; (chrymæ.” palra," Activ. Sc. 10, Antony thus Arion-like on a dolphin, playing La iaunts the Queen of Egypt:
The rery rare first quarto copy of “Let bim (i. e. Cæsar) take thee, this play, privled at London in 1639, And hoist thee up to the shouting Plea is in my possession ; it reads, “ Arion, beians : like a dolphin, playing Lachrymæ;" Follow bis chariot, like the greatest spot but the second quarto, prinled at Ox- of all thy sex ; inost monster-like be ford in 1640, gives us, “ Arion on a
sbown dolphin, playing Lachrymæ. The
For poor'st diminutives, to dults!" lalier is plainly The correct lext; for The closing words of this extract the figure of Arion upon the dolphiu's are very obscure, and have, in my back was a favourite in the spectacles opinion, hafiled the acumen of War. exlibiled upon the waler in Eliza burton and Tyrwhitt; Sleeveus (who beth's time; and the Couk, with ludi in fact perceived not their great difticrous pomposity, assures his friends culty) agrees with Tyrwhill; but Ma. that his skill cau furnish this capital lone candidly avows that none of the embellishinent. As the lines now comments afford a satisfactory explastand in Mr. Weber's edition they are nation. I regret that do notice of this destilule of meaning; the semicolon obscure passage occurs amongst the at the end of the second line alone many adinirable remarks explanatory prevents us from concluding that Mr. of Shakspeare's language, which Mr. Weber had supposed that “the pikes" Gifford has introduced in his notes were to sit “ Arion-like on a dolphin," upon Massinger and Jonson, in which playing popular tunes!
he has evinced such sound judgment
and masterly knowledge of our aplieot lo “ The Knight of the Burning language and customs, as prove binn Pestle,” Act iii. Sc. 2, the Host of the fully competent to give lo his native Bell-ion says to Ralph, “ Therefore, country an edition of her favourite genlle Koight, twelve shillings you Poet, surpassing in solid worth isaac must pay, or I must cap you." The Reed's celebrated variorum edition of cuocluding words have surely puzzled 1803. But I much fear, from Mr.
Gifford's expressions in his Memoirs Act iv. Sc. 2, Lusurioso assures the of Jonson (vol. I. p. 244), that he has brothers of a lady that he had indigfinally abandoned his intention of exe- nantly resisted the arts of a pander cutiog a work wbich would be joy, who had encouraged him to debauch fully received by every lover of her : English literature, and that Shak
“ I, far from thinking any virgin harm, speare must continue for some time Especially knowing her to be as chaste encumbered by the ponderous 'ig. As that plant wbich scarce suffers to be porance of his commentators. As to
touch'd; the lines before us, I am convinced The Eye, would not endure him." that Warburton and Tyrwhitt have affixed a meaning to the word "dimi. ludicrous specimen of a commentator
The notes upon these lines are a nutives” which it never bore in any tortured by his owo absurdity: “ Plant author; the term also occurs in a pas the sensitive plant. The quarto sage of "Troilus and Cressida,” where reads Part. S.” (i. e. George Stee'Shakspeare uses it in the very sense wbicb'it appears to bear in the verses
vens.) Then in the Additional Notes, under consideration : "How this poor here is some corruption. I do not
vol. XI. p. 394, he adds, “I believe world is pestered with such water- understand the passage. Perhaps we Alies ! diminutives of nature !” Act v.
should read, Sc. l. I understand “diminutives" to mean dwarfs, or persons by any 'As that plant which scarce suffers to
be touch'd striking deformity “curtailed of man's
By the Eye.” fair proportion," who were often in foriner times, and are in our own
“ Touch him but with thine Eye,'is days, the unbappy subjects of public a threat in some dramatic performexhibition.
ance that has passed through my The received interpretation cannot bands : I think in one of Shakbe correct; it is far-fetched, and irre. speare's. S.” concileable with the tenor of the It is surprising that any man of whole passage ; for if the word “dimi- learning could have written such butives' really signified “the smallest wretched nonsense, and so grossly pieces of money," then Shakspeare mistake the grummar of a plain pashas made Antony express the exact sage. Dodsley's first edition follows reverse of what be intended, which the reading of the quarto copy, which unquestionably was to threaten Cleo. is perfectly correct, except in having patra with being exhibited grului- a comma after “ touched,” which must tously to the Roman populace, as the be onnitted ; "the Eye” is “that par!” "" shouting Plebeians” were to behold of the human frame to which the ber following Cæsar's chariot in open Poet justly ascribes a delicate sensidisgrace. I therefore propose the tiveness that shrinks from the slightest following explanation, not as satisfac. touch. As the passage now stands in tory, but as more fairly deducible the modern copies (for the Editor of than any bitherto advanced :-"Be “ The Antient British Draina" has thou, who in beauty, elegance, and not removed the blemish from his dignity of personal appearance, excel- text), the words “The Eye,” in the Icst all inortals, exhibited in the place last line of the extract, are left in an of monsters, and as a substitute for unintelligible state which (thaoks lo deformed and hideous creatures, to hypercriticism !) defies explication. The gaze of the stupid and brutal Yours, &c. W. SHANAHAN, M.D. rabble of Rome.”- trust the candid (The second Letter shall appear in reader will allow that this interpreta.
our next Number.) țion has not been cliciled by wresting words from their usual signification. ON THE CLERICAL DRESS. The passage appears corrupt, and calls
July 4. for the aid of a skilful commentator. VOUR Correspondent Sigismund
In Isaac Reed's edition of Dodsley's ment and information, in his reOld Plays (1780), vol. IV. p. 383, we searches and recommendations to the find the text of a passage strangely Clergy, to wear their clerical dress in spoiled by a capricious departure from common. I bave followed bim the old copy of “The Revenger's through his Letters with pleasure, Tragedy:" in the following lines, though they have not any where con
vinced me of the propriety of their their gown and cassock through the adopting his plan. In the Worship streets of the city to their respective established in the Church I most fully Churches ; and in villages in the accord to the propriety of a distin- country this is now not unusual; and guished babit, though my Salvation the sacredness of the day gave them a does not rest upon any such exterior free and uodisturbed course; but if institutions — and if any accident they were now to mingle during the should prevent a Minister from putting days of the week in Their clerical on his band or even surplice, the Li- dress in the public streets, amid the turgy would to me lose nothing of its noise and hurry of trade, pleasure, sublimity and devotion ;-if it be thus and business - amid carts, carriages, merely secondary to the more impor- and brutes of all kinds, and “men tant and serious service of piety and more brute than they,” it must be exdecency in public worship, how much pected that their sacred vestments less must it appear essential in society would be very soon rendered unfit for at large.
the holy rites for which they were Sigismund assuredly would not made; and even that their persons omit preaching his Serinon if by some would not be exempted from either mischance he had left bis band at ridicule or insult, alike injurious to home and could not procure any other, themselves as to the sacred office to however censurable he might be for which they are properly set apart. It having forgotten to provide it? Al does not appear, to me at least, that though every thing should be done they would by this general adopdecently and in order, yet every non tion obtain the object set forth in essential should keep its proper place, Sigismuod's 5th means (p. 398), of and pot intrude into a higher station " setting a good example to the other than has been assigned to it :- the Clergymen, and of exposing to shame converse of this proposition is, that those who prefer the gaieties of the as the appropriate Clerical Dress is a world to the sober babit, &c.”-for, devout adjunct to the Establisbed Ser. I much fear that if all the Clergy folvice, and to 0,0 other, it should be lowed this example, they would not preserved and laid up carefully for by that means purify the manners of those rites to which it belongs, and the people, or render them accessary not be familiarly subjected to abuse to that respect which Sigismund deor remark, by being habitually worn sires to cultivate by a custom introon any other or general occasion : duced so late in life, and now become the very decency which it is meant to obsolete, since the supercession of administer to the services would cease the Roman Catholic hierarchy in this to have that effect, if it was publicly country: por would this habit put to exposed by daily use in the street, in shame those less suber brethren of the road, in the theatre, and in the our priesthood who prefer the gaieties drawing room.—The time is now far of the world--for if an order of this more enlightened thao to admit of kind should issue from the Convocaany respect to the wearer by reason of tion itself, it could not command the his clerical garb.-Gentlemen of the concurrence of the people; and those long robe are not always exempt Clergymen who were ioo devoted to from the geer and laugh of ignorant gaiety, or to their farms, or to their persons, when they are passing from pursuits of the chace, would raCourt to Court, or from the Forum iher risk the displeasure of their to the Coffee House in their wig and diocesan than comply with the requigown
but this is disregarded, and sition ;--and this exterior would then has no ill effect, except to themselves become a source of continual animofor the moment. -Examine the same sity between them, and eud in the lat. disposition among the low-ininded, ter being obliged to relinquish bis auwhom the garb of religiou is not thority, as the only alternative of grave enough to awe; and you will suspending or diginissing his reverend find that it would be exposed to ridi- flock: cule, offensive to the priest, injurious But exclusive of this reasoning, to his sacred function, and ultimately another objection seems to have esbaneful to the cause of Christianity ? caped your Correspondent's arrangeOn the Sabbath Day, Clergyınen ment; the expence of always appearwere formerly accustomed to walk in ivg in somcor one of thcclerical habits;
he does not state the fund out of found to be by far the most effectual
A. H. whether distinct orders should
appear in distinct dresses ; the cassock is now
Nov. 25. inorin under the coat by Bishops onls: Oames, in passing through the those of inferior orders may wear it, but a Deacon may pot: the gown town of Beverley, a very sensible of a Master of Arts seems to be the pleasure was afforded me by an oplightest, but as it flows loosely behind portunity of noticing the extreme the person, it would be continually neatness and elegance with which torn if adopted for general 180 ; every part of the venerable Abbey surely nothing could be so prepos
Church there is preserved - highly terous as the common use of the creditable to the parties concerned, band, or any of the linen vestments and affording an admirable example ordained for the worship and for the to Deans and Chapters, as well as adıninistration of the Sacraments. Church wardens and Parish Vestries.
Finally, let me ask why Sigismund A circumstance so gratifying to the is not satisfied with the mode of dress contemplative traveller may not unhitherto adopted, when the Mivister fitly be made a subject of communihas finished his services, and again cation to the Gentleman's Magazine. mingles with his fellow citizens After viewing with admiration this plain sober suit of black cloth, made beautiful specimen of Gothic Arcbilike theirs, but not of their various tecture-its “long-drawn ailes, and colours ?-Some Clergymen are wil
fretted” vaults - its “storied winJing to distinguish themselves from dows," and rich screen, &c.
my attenthe rest of the people, who are often tion was particularly engaged by a clothed in black, by wearing a hat very magnificent monument by Scheeshaped like a winnowing shovel, which maker, erected in memory of Sir Mihas not yet subjected them to any the chael Warton, of Beverley Park: the smallest personal iosult, but it never figures of Religion with the Sacred fails to acquire them the denomina. Volume, and of Eternity with her emtion of a high priest.
blem, the snake with its tail in its Upon the whole, let me venture to mouth, executed with amazing boldassure Sigismund that this is not the ness and effect. Sir Michael Wartop time to revive Roman Catholic ha. is represented in armour, kneeling at bits -- and as the Church has very ge. a desk, with sword, spurs, &c. and Derally petitioned the Legislature with a long beard and lank hair. He against the universal toleration of the died Oct. 8, 1655, aged 82, and is reCatholics, if his plan was adopled at ported to have left 6000l. to the town present it would be an outward sign of Beverley; 40001. to repair the Minthat the Clergy in general did not ac sler ; 10001. to the Hospital; 5001. to cord with the sentiments expressed in certain schools; and 2001. to be distheir petitions, and wished to place tributed to the poor at his death. themselves and the Roman priesthood There is an antient paioling on
pannel of King Athelstan delivering Professors of all Religions may be
The Charter of Foundation to Joha truly exemplary if they accustom de Beverley, and on the scroll which Íhemselves to that state of mind and the Monarch holds in bis hand are the habits of life aod manners in which words, the honour and service of the God
6. Xls fre makes the whom they acknowledge are the su
As hert map thpnke preme objects of all their serious ac.
Or Egh may see.” tions ;
and the more consistently they In a nich, inclosed with iron-rails, pursue this course, for which the is a monument for "Sir Charles HoEnglish Clergy are peculiarly re tham, of Scarborough, bart. Colonel spected, the more will they secure of the King's own Royal Regiment respect to their faith, respect to their of Dragoons, Brigadier-general of his Church, and respect to themselves ; Majesty's Forces, and iwenty years this exterior garb, the result of in. one of the Representatives in Parliaward piety and rectitude, will ever be ment for this Borough. He married
upon a level.
Bridgett, daugbter of William Gee, say too much. He died 18th Nov. 1686,
“ Here two young Danish soldiers lie;
The one in quarrel chanced to die ; infant. Sir Charles died 8th January, The other's head, by their own law, 1722, aged 60.”
With sword was sever'd at one blow. Early in the last century, in laying
Dec. 23d, 1689." the floor of the North Transepi, an
VIATOR. antieot monumental statue was dig
Yours, &c. covered, which is now placed against
CATHEDRAL SCHOOLS. the wall. It is the recumbent figure
Institutionswheof the 13th century. On the remnant ther of an ecclesiastical or eleemoof a brass-plate inserted in a brown
sypary nature, are conducted in a tombstone, in a little chapel or ora
manner agreeable to popular feeltory on the South side the choir :
ings, aod" are free from palpable “ Koberti Leedes, quod erat abuses, so long as they coulinue to
Et quod futurum sperat.” attract the tide of public munifiOn another brass, in the floor of cence; and it may be considered as the North Transept, below the name
a silent admonition that they are vo of
longer worthy of respect and confi“ Hichard Tarrant:
deoce, when this unequivocal lesOne thousand five hundred and three timony is withdrawu. Such an hyscore,
pothesis, applied to the religious and also in the month of May, communities, which, under the anDe died the twentp-fifth day.”
cient Church Establishment possessThe West door of this edifice is ed for ages the sole direction of richly decorated with carved figures national benevolence, will suftiof the four Evangelists in compart ciently account for their influence meals; and below are their respective and their decay. The Government symbols.
was for a time compelled to purchase The parish church of Beverley is their favour by conniving at their also a handsome Gothic structure, in irregularities, and they were thus the form of a cross, and contains seve enabled to frustrate the intentions ral monuments of the family of Bar of their founders, to violate their nard, especially of “Sir Edward Bar. statutes with impunity, and to set uard, kot." who is stiled,
public opinion at defiance ; till a • Kingstoniæ super Hull decus." general burst of indignation enabled And
a more powerful Monarch to seize " Beverliæ amoris,
upon those endowments which bad
been already desecrated, and to de-
stroy whilst be affected to reform.
The Conventual Church of Ely was
founded in the 7th century. It was
nearly destroyed in the Danish in. Amici meritissimi,
vasion, and was restored by King Vicinorum generosissimi." Edgar for a Society of Benedictine And
Mouks, who were at that time the
chief supporters of Literature, and “ Consiliorum excellentissimi."
the only patrons of the Arts. WhatThe whole summed up with:
ever corruptions might be introduced “Of whose virtues, learning, elo- among them in the course of eight quence, and wisdom, posterity cannot centuries, their rules were formed on