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put vore tha quesson to ma a'ready..Es E'en now, without disguise, the faithful
train, tongue in whot cham a going to zey, and The swain before them will avow his choice, than t chell tell tha zomething. The Yet, in my secret soul tho' I rejoice, Banes, cham amorst zure wull g' in ether a With feign’d reluctance to his suit, I cry, Zindey or a Zindey Zinneert to vurdest. In wedlock I'd e'en scepter'd kings dený. Es net aboo two and twonty ;-a spicy But what I now impart to none reveal ; vella and a vitty vella vor enny keendest Thy lips, let the still power of silence seal ; theng.-Thee know'st Jo. Hosegood es The first, at least the next succeeding day, reckon'd a vitty vella : Poo! es a $ zoo. When we to || Phæbus adoration pay, terly vella to Andra : there's no compare. Will he, as our Arcadian laws ordain,
Proclaim his future spouse within the hal
A face more lovely, a more graceful mien ?
A vulgar look is his and awkward mien.
Why with vain artifice conceal thy own ?
A gurrulous tattling person. By Aphærisis for blab, or from the Belgic labbern, to babble, or the Latin labium.-In the Miller's Tale of Chaucer we have
I am no labbe,
of Che'll or chill, I will." In the London Prodigal,” Oliver says, “ If I do not meet him, chill give you leave to call me cut;-a vituperative appellation equally disliked by Sir Andrew Aguecheek_“ if I don't, call me cut.”
# “ Special and clever in any kind of business ;"—the latter word may be traced to the Belgic zitten, to fit.
Εβδομαγετας Απολλων-εβδομη ιερον ημαρ, ,
Τη γαρ Απολλωνα χρυσαορα γείνατο Λητω. . Go off secretly or clandestinely - The boy, schoolboy, or apprentice, who absents himself without leave is called a mitcher universally in Devonshire. The commonly people in Glocestershire call a notorious truant—“ a blackberry moucher.” “ Shall the blessed sun of heaven prove a micher, and eat blackberries ?"
1 Hen. IV. A. ii. S. 2. Perhaps it may be a corruption of march. ** Or aneast" near," from A. S.
Mar. Go, ya * Alkitotle ! ya gurt vool Pas. Hence simple-minded maid ! in ish + trapes ! Dest thee thenk a beleev'd
whom I find ma, whan es zed chudent marry! Ee es A woman's stature, but an infant mind. net zo #zurt a baked nether. Vor why? Canst thou, when I denied his suit, sup. Es wudent be too vurward nether; vor
pose than ee murt dra back.--No, no; vor oll He thought denial from dislike arose ? whot's zed es hope tha Banes wull go in, A bashful virgin's heart he better knows. es zey, next Zindey.- And vath, ß nif's do With eager haste t’ accept the proffer'd vow, Il vall over the Desk, and' wont thir ma, Nor maidenhood nor decency allow. ner yeet borst ma bones.-Bet n'if they E'en he, my Celadon, might disapprove don't g'in by Zindey Zenneert, chell tell To prompt an offer of my virgin love. tha in short company, es chell vor’st ma But yet in scorn tho' I his suit denied heart.-—Bet es must come down to en: vor (From thee my secret soul I never hide), es by es zel oll these while,
Should he before the swains and maidens
* A silly elf or oaf, from the A. S. Alcé, an elk, and
to totter; that animal being frequently attacked by the falling-sickness, and not able in consequence to support himself. Hence applied to men in a similar state who have the appearance of idiocy, and to idiots themselves. If this conjecture be allowed, we must suppose the word originally used in the forests of Germany, where this animal once abounded, and from whose inhabitants the Exmooreans descended. To tottle is extensively applied in Devon to silly people, particularly to the old who tattle and totter.
+ To trapes or trapse up and down, meant to saunter in an idle lazy manner. Hence the noun trapes, from the Teut. traben, to walk about. A drab proceeds in the same manner from the Belgic drabben.
Soft. § And if.
11 “ To have the banns of matrimony thrice called,” which being done, it was usual for the minister in some places to throw the paper over his desk into the clerk’s pew, who sat under him ; as signifying, according to the phrase, that they were called out, and the parties had nothing to do now but to be married. To frighten, perhaps from the Latin terrere, or A. S.
a hurt, to hurt. We have unluckily no Saxon types. ( The Conclusion in our next.)
DOMESTIC LETTERS OF JOHN WILMOT, EARL OF ROCHESTER. A COLLECTION of the domestic letters to all the affections of a husband, a faof the famous Earl of Rochester may ther, and a son.
Rochester appears be considered as a literary and moral not only to have preserved his fine facuriosity. These have been carefully culties in that a course of drunken transcribed from their originals in the gayety and gross sensuality,” as Johnearl's own hand-writing, though not al son describes his life; but, what has ways signed or dated. They exhibit that not hitherto been suspected, he was eccentric character in a very opposite at the same moment the most penilight to that in which he has hitherto tential husband and careful father. been viewed; tender, playful, and alive His two little notes to his son arer
66 If you
proofs of the excellent sense and moral propose to me any reasonable thing feeling, which, though he himself daily upon earth I can do to set you at violated them, there can be no doubt, quiet; but it is like a mad woman to no man more preciously valued; and, lie roaring out of pain, and never conhad he lived, there is reason to believe fess in what part it is. These three that Rochester would have rank- years have I heard you continually ed among our great and illustrious complaining, nor has it ever been in
Johnson has remarked how a my power to obtain the knowledge of life of wild dissipation, was checked any considerable cause. I am confiby “ intervals of study, perhaps yet dent I shall not have the affliction more criminal,” since it hastened that three years hence; but that repose I exhaustion of life in which “ he blazed must owe to a surer friend than you. out his youth and his health in lavish When that time comes, you will grow voluptuousness."
wiser, though I fear not much hapThese letters, it is to be regretted, pier. are all undated, so that we cannot I kiss my dear wife a thousand trace the history of his feelings, but times, as far as imagination and wish must take them as we find them, pro- will give me leave. Think upon me miscuously and unconnected. It is as long as it is pleasant and convenient probable that Rochester rarely knew to you to do so, and afterwards forget the days on which he was writing, but me; for though I would fain make sent off a note or a letter, on the im- you the author and foundation of my pulse of the moment, wherever he happiness, I could not be the cause
The Countess, writing to him of your constraint and disturbance, for and wishing to see him, complains I love not myselfe soe much as I doe that “ he goes on in the old way;" you, neither do I value my own satisand very often it appears that the faction as I doe yours. Farewell ! she did not know where to ad
ROCHESTER. dress a letter to him. In one of his letters to her, he
The last letter I received from your write to me, you must direct to Lin- honour was something scandalous, soe coln's-inn-fields, the house next to that I knew not well how to answer it; the Duke's playhouse, in Portroyal- it is my design to have writ to my Lady row; there lives your humble servant, Anne Wilmot to intercede for mee, but Rochester.” In a letter to Sir Henry now with joy I finde myselfe again in
he says, that “ being at your favour, it shall be my endeavours court is like living shut up in a drum; to continue soe. In order to which, you can think of nothing but the noise very shortly I will bee with you; in the which is made about you.”
mean time my mother may be pleesed The usual address is,
to dispose of my children and my chi“ These for the Countess of Rochester, mists and my little dogge, and whatAdderbury,
ever is myne, as shee will; only if I near Banbury,
may have nothing about mee that I Oxfordshire."
like, it will be the
cause of making the
fidelity of waiting on her befall me My most neglected Wife,-Till you very seldom. Thus I remain, with are a much-respected widow, I find my duty to her, my service to you, you will scarce be a contented woman; and all three things. and to say no more than the plain truth, I do endeavour so fairly to do
Newmarket. you that last good service, that none I'le hould you six to fower I love but the most impatient would refuse you with all my heart; if I would to rest satisfied.
bett with other people, I am sure I What evil angel enemy to my re could get two to one, but because my pose does inspire my Lady Warr to passion is not so extensive to reach visit you once a-year, and leave you every body, I am not in graine to satbewitched for eleven months after ? isfy many; it will content me if you I thank my God that I have the tor- believe mee and love mee. R. ment of the stone upon me (which are no small pains), rather than that my Deare Wife, I have noe news for unspeakable one of being an eye-wit- you but that London grows very tireness to your uneasinesses. Do but some, and I long to see you; but
things are now reduced to that ex tions, they will as easily vanish, as tremity on all sides, that a man dares they were groundlessly erected ; for not turne his back for feare of being my own part, I will make it my enhanged, an ill accident to bee avoyded deavour they may. What you deby all prudent persons, and therefore sired of mee in your other letter, shall by your humble servant,
punctually have performed. You Rochester. must, I thinke, obey my mother in
her commands to wait on her at AlesWood and firing, which were the bury, as I tould you in my last latter. subject-matter of your last, I tooke am very dull at this time, and thereorder for before, and make noe ques- fore thinke it pity in this humour to tion but you are served in that before testify myselfe to you any farther ; this, Mr Cary seldom fayling in any only, dear wife, I am, your humble thing he undertakes.
RochESTER, I am very glad to heare news from It is now some weeks since I writ you, and I think it very good when I you, and that there was money rehear you are well; pray be pleased to turned out of Somersette for your use, send me word what you are apt to be which I desired you to send for by pleased with, that I may shew you what summes yourself pleased ; by how good a husband I can bee; I this time I believe I have spent it half; would not have you so formall as to however, you must be supplied, if you judge of the kindness of a letter by think fit to order itt ; shortly I inthe length of it, but believe of every tend to give you the trouble of a visit thing that it is as you would have it. --'tis all I have to beg your pardon
'Tis not an easy thing to bee en for at present, unless you take it for a tirely happy, but to be kind is very fault that I still pretend to bee, your easy, and that is the greatest measure humble servant,
ROCHESTER. of happiness. I say not this to put you in mind of being kind to mee; I do not know if my mother be at you have practised that soe long, that Ri or Adderbury; if at home, I have a joyful confidence you will present my duty to her. never forget itt; but to shew that I myself have a sense of what the me
It were very unreasonable should I thods of my life seemed soe utterly to not love you, whilst I believe you a contradict, I must not be too wise deserving good creature.
I am alabout my own follyes, or else this let- ready so weary of this place, that upter had bin a book' dedicated to you, on my word I could be content to pass and published to the world ; it will be my winter att Cannington, though I more pertinent to tell you, that very apprehend the tediousness of it for shortly the King goes to Newmarket, you. Pray send me word what lyes and then I shall wait on you at Ad- in my power to do for your service derbury ; in the mean time, think of and ease here, or wherever you can any thing you would have me doe, imploy mee, and assure yourselfe I and I shall thank you for the occasion will neglect your concerns no more of pleasing you.
than forget my owne; 'twas very well Mr Morgan I have sent in this er- for your son, as ill as you tooke it, that rant, because he playes the rogue here I sent him to Adderbury, for it proves in towne so extremely, that he is not at last to be the king's evil to be endured; pray if he behaves and hee comes up to London this week himself soe at Adderbury, send me to be touched. My humble service word, and let him stay till I send for
to your aunt Rogers.- I write in bed, him ; pray let Ned come up to town, and am afraid you can't reade it. I have a little business with him, and hee shall bee back in a weeke. Wonder not that I have not writt
A Note from his Wife. to you all this while, for it was hard Though I cannot flatter myself soe for mee to know what to write upon much as to expect, yett give me leave several accounts, but in this I will on to wish, that you would dine to-morly desire you not to be too much a row at Cornbury, where necessity mazed at the thoughts my mother has forced, your faithful and humble wife, of you, since being meare imagina
E. ROCHESTER, VOL. IV.
If you send to command me to heroick head is liker to be ballanced Woodstock, when I am so near as with an humble taile; besides reason, Cornbury, I shall not be alike re- experience has furnished mee with majoyced.
ny examples of this kind,-my Lady
Morton, Nell Villars, and twenty othSince my comming to towne, myers, whose honour was ever so exceshead has been perpetually turned sive in their heads, that they suffered round, but I doe not find itt makes a want of it in every other part; thus me giddy; this is all the witt that it comes about, madam, that I have no you shall receive in my first letter ; very great estime for a high-spirited lahereafter you may expect more, God dy,--therefore should be glad that willing: pray bid John Fredway pur none of my friends thought it convechase my oates as soon as possible, and nient to adorne their other perfections whatever coate you order, I shall re with that most transcendent accomturn money for upon notice; ready plishment; it is tolerable only in a cash I have but little ; 'tis hard to waiting gentlewoman, who, to prove come by ; but when Mr Cary comes herselfe lawfully descended from Sir downe, hee shall furnish you with as Humphrey, her great uncle, is allowed much as I can procure—when you the affectation of a high spirit and a have more commands, I am ready to naturall inclination towards a gentile receive 'em, being most extremely, converse: that now is a letter; and to your humble servant, ROCHESTER. make it a kinde one, I must assure
you of all the dotage in the world ; Pray bid my daughter Betty pre- and then to make it a civil one, downe sent my duty to my daughter Mallett. att the bottom, with a greater space
between, I mus't write, madam, your To the Countess of Rochester, at Ad- most humble servant, derbury.
ROCHESTER. I cannot deny to you but that heroick resolutions in women are things I have too much respect for you to of the which I have never bin trans come neare you whilst I am in disported with greate admiration, nor can grace, but when I am a favorite again, bee, if my life lay on't, for I thinke it I will waite on you. is a very impertinent virtue ; besides consider how men and women compounded, that as with heate and Dear Wife, I received the three cold, soe greatness and meanness are pictures, and am in a great fright, least necessary ingredients that enter both they should be like you, by the biginto the making up of every one that ness of the heel I should apprehend is borne; now when heate is predo- you far gone in the rickets ; by the minant, we are termed hott; when severity of the countenance somewhat cold is, we are called cold ; though in inclined to prayer and prophecy, yet the mixture both take their places, else there is an alacrity in the plump cheek our warmth would be a burning, and that seems to signify sack and sagar, our cold an excessive freezing ; soe and the sharp sighted nose has borgreatness or virtue, that spark of pri- rowed quickness from the sweet-smelmitive grace, is in every one alive, and ling eye. I never saw a chin smile likewise meanness or vice, that seed before, a mouth frown, and a forehead of original sin, is in a measure also ; mump; truly the artist has done his for if either of them were totally ab- part, (God keep him humble,) and a sent, men and women must be imper- fine man he is, if his excellencies do fect angels, or absolute divills; now not puff him up like his pictures. The from the predominence of either of next impertinence I have to tell you is, these quallities in us, we are termed that I am coming down to you. I good or bad; but yet as contrarietyes, have got horses but want a coach, though they both reside in one body, when that defect is supplied you shall must they ever be opposite in place; quickly have the trouble of,--your thence I infer, that as heate in the humble servant. feete makes cold in the head, soe may Receive my duty to my lady and it bee with probability expected too, my humble service to my sister, my that greatness and meanness should brother and all the Betties not forbee as oppositely seated, and then a getting madam Jane.