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THE BEAR WANTS A Tail!
INCENTIVES TO THE READERS OF CORRENT NOTES. FULLER among his Warwickshire Proverbs,* elucidates Nothing great is performed. or approaches perfection one, that had its origin, from the supposed ambition of without much labour, and an infinity of pains, and not one of Queen Elizabeth's worthies, the presumption of unfrequently without the cordial co-operation of minils whom, was then considered as reprehensive, as the now similarly disposed, or proficients in the same object or unjustifiable aggression of the Russian autocrat. pursuit. According to the old Latin proverb: “ The Bear wants a tail, and cannot be a Lion.
“Nihil est aliud magnum quam multa minuta" — “Nature hath cut off the tail of the Bear, close at the or, as more poetically defined, by the author of Night rump, which is very strong and long in a Lion ; for a Thoughtsgreat part of a Lion's strength consists in his tail, where
“Sunds form the mountain, moments make the year." with (when angry) he useth to flap and beat himself, to raise his rage therewith to the height, so to render himself more fierce and furious. If any ask, why this Pro
In reading authors, when you find, verb is placed in Warwickshire ? let them take the
Bright passages, that strike your mind ; ensuing story for their satisfaction
And which, perhaps, you have reason
To think on at another season ; “Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, derived his pedigree
Be not contented with the sight, from the ancient Earls of Warwick, on which title he
But take them down in black and white. gave their crest, the Bear and Ragged Staffe; and when
Such a respect is wisely shewn, he was governor of the Low Countries, with the high
As makes another's sense one's own. title of His Excellency,' disusing his own Coat of the
BYROM. Green Lion with Two Tails, he signed all Instruments with the crest of the Bear and Ragged Staffe. He was
Old books by great authors are not in every body's then suspected, by many of his jealous adversaries, to hatch an ambitious design to make himself absolute reach; and though it is better to know them thoroughly commander, as the Lion is king of the beasts, over the than to know them here and there, yet it is a good work Low Countries. Whereupon some, foes to his faction, to give a little to those, who have neither time, nor
1 and friends to the Dutch freedom, wrote under his crest, fragrant scarce old tome he discovers a sentence, or an
Let every bookworm, when in any set up in public places
illustration that does his heart good, hasten to give it. I “ Ursa caret caudâ, non queat esse Leo.”
COLERIDGE. i.e. “ The Bear he never can prevail To Lion it, for lack of tail."
The Mind will no more do its best without encourage“ Nor is Ursa in the feminine merely placed to make ment, than trees will produce ripe fruit withont the the verse, but because Naturalists observe in Bears, that warmth of the sun. Men, who have the greatest gifts the female is always the strongest.
of mind, do not trust themselves without some en“ This proverb is applied to such, who not content with courageinent- they will not venture out of beaten their condition, aspire to what is above their worth to paths, and they therefore bring forth other people's deserve, or power to achieve."
ideas, instead of their own. Now, nothing is valuable Coventry.
except what is actually produced - materials as well as coinage-in the mint of a man's own mind.
BRIDGES. THRALE'S ENTIRE, A BAGATELLE-ASCRIBED TO DR. SAMUEL JOANSON.
To know, and to admire only, the literature and the If e'er my fingers touched the lyre,
tastes of our own age, is a species of elegant barbarism. In satire fierce, in pleasure gay,
A. G.–The wife of Charles Edward Stuart, the last
Pretender, was of the Stolberg family, and after his Or govern well the brewing tub,
death, was, it is said, privately married to the Italian To rich felicity thus rais'd,
My bosom glows with am'rous fire;
The Third volume of Current Notes' is now ready, 'Tis I'myself, am Thrale's Entire.
price three shillings, in cloth boards. A few copies of
the prior volumes remain, but an early application for • Worthies of England, edit. 1811, 4to. vol. ii. p. 405. them is desirable.
“ Takes note of what is done-
centuries, is still tenantable, and has been recently enELINOUR RUMMING.
larged.* Late in the fifteenth century, there lived at Leatherhead, anciently Leddrede, in Surrey, an alewife of some distinction, and whom Skelton the poet in The Tunnyng of Elynour Rumminge, has conferred lasting celebrity. The tunning or brewing of Elinor Rumming, would seem to have been one of Skelton's most popular productions, and is an admirable specimen of his talent for the low burlesque,-a description of a real alewife, and of the various gossips who throng to her for liquor, as if under the influence of some potent spell. As Mr. Dyce justly observes,—“if few compositions of the kind have more coarseness or extravagance, there are few that have greater animation, or are of a richer humour.”
Dallaway in his Lethereum, states, that “when the Court of Henry VIII. was held at Nonsuch, about six miles distant, the laureate Skelton, with other courtiers,
2 oft-times resorted to Leatherhead for the diversion of fishing in the river Mole, and were made welcome at the cabaret of Elinour Rummyng.” Whether the late doubt, before the introduction of parish registers; but
No mention of her death occurs, as that happened no Vicar of Leatherhead, based this assertion on tradition or otherwise, it is as a matter of fact undeserving the Dallaway conjectured that persons of the ale-wife's family slightest consideration. When Skelton wrote
were long after resident in the parish, as he found the Tunning" is not clearly defined, but he died in Sanc- name of Rumming in the burial register under the tuary, at Westminster, June 21, 1529, more than ten years 1663 and 1669. years prior to that monarch's having possession of Cud- Skelton's Poems, printed in 1571, is a rude woodcut of
Brayley states that on the title-page of an edition of dington, or had commenced the building of the palace,
an old ill-favoured woman holding at arm's length, in since denominated Nonsuch.
Skelton is supposed to have been born about 1460, either hand, a leathern pot or black jack, with the inand probably “ The tunnyng of Elinour Rumminge
"; scription was written sometime about 1500, if not before. He
When Skelton wore the laurel crown, describes Elinor as “ugly faire, and well worne in age,'
My Ale put all the Ale-wives down.' wearing a huke or cloak of Lincoln green, that had been
Where that edition is extant, it is highly desirable to hers, he believed, more than forty years... She wore know; it seems to be unknown to the editor of Skelton's also a “furred flocket, and grey russet rocket," the former works; nor does any earlier woodcut of Elynour Ruma loose garment, with large sleeves; the latter, a gar. ming appear to be extant than that attached to Rand's ment with or without sleeves, that sometimes was made edition, 1624, 4to., where she is represented as holding to reach to the ground; or was otherwise much shorter, in either hand as described, two black earthen pots, and open at the sides. Her kyrtel or petticoat was of which were common in the ale-houses of that period Bristow red;
and long after. That some earlier edition of the six
teenth century, presented a similar portrait of Elinour With clothes vpon her hed,
Rumming is not to be doubted, it is the original of
Mother Red CAP, and wherever the sign so designated
has been painted, the figure as in Rand's edition, has
been the prototype. The gear in 'saracyn gyse' about Skelton notices she “ dwelt on a hyll," her cabaret was
her head, being painted as a conical red cap or hat. on a rising ground contiguous to the old bridge that • The illustration shows the house, as it appeared in the crossed the Mole. Her domicile was a small timber spring of 1845; since which time the doorway has been built house, with low rooms and over-hanging chanıbers, removed, and other alterations made. It is now known by and although much altered in the course of several the sign of the Running Horse.
In Bacchus Bountie, by Philip Foulface of Aleford, servants, at Henslow's Theatre, the Rose on the BankStudent in good Felloship, 1593, 4to., Skelton is mis- side, in December, 1597; and in the inventory of the named as "Anthony Skelton," and there is a cursory dresses and properties mentioned as belonging to that mention of “ Tom Tipsay, an English Tapster, wel nere Theatre, March 10th, 1598-9, is noticedchoaked with a marvelous drie heat, which of late he
Item, j syne (one sign] for Mother Red Cap. had got by lifting ouerlong at old Mother Red Caps.". A drama entitled Mother Red Cap, written by
Early in the seventeenth century, was the sign of the Anthony Munday and Michael Drayton, was performed Mother Red Cap at Holloway, beyond Islington ; a by the Earl of Nottingham, the Lord High Admiral's token was issued from the house in the reign of Charles
the Second ; there was also the Mother Red Cap at
Kentish Town, that gave rise to a rival sign, nearly opThe portrait of Elinour Rumming was long a great posite, named Mother Black Cap; both still houses of desiderata with the illustrators of Granger; till George considerable notoriety. Taylor the Water-poet in his Steevens in 1794, learning a copy of Rand's edition was in Ribble Rabble of Gossips, observes :the library of Lincoln Cathedral, induced Dean Kaye to “ To conclude the businesse, Martha protests shee will bring the volume to London, and allow_Richardson the neuer trust Tomasin againe while she lives, because she printseller, to publish a facsimile. The European Maga- promised to meet her at Pimlico, and bring her neighbour zine, then edited by Isaac Reed, in May of that year,con - Bethya, but came not, neverthelesse Faith went to Mother tained —
Red Caps, and by the way, met with Joyce, who very Verses with the following motto, meant to have been kindly batled her penny with her at a fat pig." su bjoined to a copy from a scarce portrait of Elinour Rumming, lately published by Mr. Richardson, of Castle Street,
As the Pimlico here alluded to was at Hogsden, now Leicester Square.
Hoxton, the Mother Red Cap would appear to have been
that at Holloway Ne sit ancillæ tibi amor pudori
Later, the author of Whimsies: or a New Cast of Xanthia Phoceu ! prius insolentem
Characters, 1631, duod., describing a sign-painter, Serva Briseis niveo colore.
says, — Movit Achillem.
He bestowes his pencile on an aged piece of canvas in a Movit Ajacem Telamone natum
sooty ale-house, where Mother Red Cap must be set out in Forma captivæ dominum Tecmessæ ;
her colours. Here he and his barmy hostess draw both Arsit Atrides medio in triumpho
together, but not in like nature, she in Ale, he in Oyle: but Virgine rapta. her commoditie of which he means to have his full share, HORACE, when his work is done, goes better downe. If she aspires
to the conceite of a signe, and desire to have her birch-pole ELEONORA REDIVIVA.
pulled downe, he will supply her with one.
FREDERICK THE GREAT'S OLD BREECHES.
This monarch greatly elevated the character and For these, while yet unstag'd to public view,
fame of Prussia, mainly by his alliance with England, Impatient BRAND o'er half the kingdom flew ; that enabled him successfully to withstand the world These, while their bright ideas round him play, arrayed in arms against him. He died at Berlin about From classic Weston force the Roman lay:
3 o'clock in the morning, August 17, 1786, in his seventyOft too, my Storer, heaven heard thee swear, fifth year. Economical and sparing in all that related Not Gallia's murder'd Queen was half so fair :
to himself, his wardrobe on his demise presented nothing "A New Europa,' cries the exulting BULL,
of any particular value. Among his linen were found My Granger now, I thank the gods, is full :' Even CRACHERODE's self, whom passions rarely move,
but eleven shirts! and his clothes given by his successor At this soft shrine has deign'd to whisper love.
to the late king's pages, were sold by them to some Jews Haste then, ye swains, who Rumming's form adore,
for 402 rix-dollars. They in their turn realized an Possess your Elinour, and sigh no more.
enormous profit, not by the excellence of the regal habi
liments, or the quantity, but from the generally expressed Steevens subscribed W. R. to these lines, but he was the ardour of many persons to possess something that had author ; Richardson had no predilection for versification.
been the property or pertained to Frederick the Great. The Lincoln volume contained other extremely rare tracts, More than four thousand rix-dollars were admitted to that Dr. Dibdin subsequently contrived, by exchanging for have been realised in this resale, and among the purhis own books, to obtain, and break up ; he then printed a Catalogue entitled the Lincolne Nosegaye, the impressions late into the field, and there remaining but an old much
chasers, an old lady, maiden or not is not stated ; coming limited to, with him a favourite number, thirty-six copies ; and sold the whole to distinguished collectors. Heber pur- worn pair of breeches, joyously carried them off at the chased Rand's quarto edition of Elinour Rumming; it is now price of two hundred rix-dollars! When Frederick in the library of Mr. George Daniel, of Canonbury Square, William shall be gathered to his fathers, will any one Islington,
care to possess aught that he may leave behind ?
GRAVE OF HAMLET AT ELSINORE.
Messiah, being significant, I shall explain only what
applies to the present purpose. The ladder-like figure Many objects of interest present themselves to the of six bars beneath Capricorn, contains four spaces, each stranger at Elsinore. Among them, more particularly, containing or representing beyond doubt, five days; thus are the fortress, and the garden of Marienslust, where the five spaces indicate twenty-five days. Above Capriis to be seen what is traditionally said to be the grave corn, precisely over the termination of the fifth space, is of Hamlet. Yet, the interior of the fortress "con- the symbol of the obedient son with power: the crestains nothing remarkable; and the grave is a mis- cent before his head, to denote the predicted time; and nomer ; for Hamlet lived, reigned, died, and was buried in front of the whole is a priest receiving or acknowledgin Jutland. As the earlier chronicles relate, being ing his belief in the certain accomplishment and truth apprised of the conspiracy against his life by his step of the first revelation given to mankind. father and mother, he feigned imbecility of mind, and
Referring to the Oriental Zodiac, Asiatic Researches, in a retaliatory revenge, destroyed them in their house, vol. ii
. p. 303; as their year began in Aries, or March, by blocking up the doors, and setting fire to it. Hamlet Capricorn is consequently the sign of December. It is then reigned in quiet, maintained his dignity respectably, named Macar, and one of its significations is “the God and died a natural death. Those who have wept over of Love." The eighteenth figure in Macar's lunar manthe sorrows of Ophelia, as portrayed by England's dra- sion, called Jyeshtha, p. 293, has in the fish-like tail of matic bard, may be relieved by the assurance, that the Capricorn, three stars, which deserve particular attenwhole is a fiction by Shakespeare, and that nowhere, tion. These three stars form an equilateral triangle, in near Elsinore, is there any brook, with willows, in which a dark circle, intended to portray the womb of time; and Ophelia could have perished.
the inner concentric circle of Jyeshtha is light, typifying The grave of Harnlet, as shewn in Denmark, is about birth; the entrance into this world, or the nativity of a stone's throw distance at the back of the mansion of our Saviour. Marienslust. The sea is seen between a continous clump That the very day of his nativity should have been of trees planted in a circle, and the grave is noted by foretold, may be considered as improbable, but is it more some scattered square stones of small size, which appear surprising than that the very year 4000 should have to have once served for a cenotaph, and stand on a knoll been predicted (leaving four years for purity of life in or rising mound covered and surrounded by beech trees. Paradise, that may be shewn to be probable)? or is it Nothing of their history is known, they seem to be little more surprising, than that the wise men from the East respected or thought about by the towns-people of Elsi- should arrive at Bethlehem at the very period of time nore; but pious and romantic pilgrims from another foretold the event would happen? fatherland, have borne off considerable portions as relics,
It appears, therefore, the star that conducted the and a few years will probably witness their total disper- Magi finally settled over the sacred manger of the Mession.
siah on the 25th of December ; that in the symbolic tail of Capricorn (December), was contained three stars
typifying a Tri-une God, and answering to J. 0. c. in CHRISTMAS-Day.-In Current Notes, vol. iv. p. 12, the belief in the revelation, made to our first parents,
the tail of our Capricorn ; and that by the priesthood, the remark that “ December 25th was fixed on, as more likely than any other to be the correct day, in the ab, den wisdom" of God.
was kept secret, and held as “a mystery, even the hid sence of any specific information as to the exact period,”
T. R. Brown. being quite new to me, I will attempt to fix the date. Spanheim, in his fifth Dissertation " de Capricorno in
Vicarage, Southwick, March 6. Nummis,” exhibits the reverse of a small brass coin of Agosta, so named in honour of Augustus, on which Capricorn is depicted holding in front a globe, and in the field behind, a star.* This star, I presume to have been Notes, vol. iv., p. 14, will find this subject more fully
Songs OF DEGREES.—Your Querist, S. S., Current the same, that preceded the Magi to the birth-place of treated, in Roberts Clavis Bibliorum, 1665, folio; in our Saviour. Landseer, Sabean Researches, p. 288, presents a re
the Preface to the CXXth and following Psalms. markable signet, that, at p. 290, he describes as “ the
M. H. LLOYD, Capricorn of the Babylonian Zodiac, the mechanical Wingham, Kent, Feb. 25.
Merviniensis. figure beneath being an early and rude attempt to shew, by means of measured degrees, that portion of the zodiac, that was occupied by the stars of Capricorn.” Referring
HEWING BLOCKS WITH RAZORS. Who made use of to a portion of the vignette, almost every line in these this expression, or where is it to be found ?
F. A. early representations, which relate to the coming of the
To endeavour to work upon the vulgar with fine sense, Dissertationes de Præstantia et Usu Numism. Antiquo- is like attempting to hew blocks with a razor. rum. Lond. 1717. fol. vol. 1. p. 240.
Dean Swift. A QUERY?—“Do you think it will answer ?" said a
NUMISMATA HELLENICA. thrifty lady about purchasing a second-hand dumb waiter. UNDER this title has been published . A Catalogue of
Yes, certainly, Madam,” replied the broker, “without Greek Coins, collected by William Martin LEAKE, a question !”
F.R.S., one of the Vice-Presidents of the Royal Society
of Literature.' CURIOUS SIGN BOARDS IN SOMERSETSHIRE,
This volume adds more to the assistance of the student
in the history of Greece, than any other work that has I THINK Mr. Warne's explanation of the Case is preceded it, and proffers much to the nuinismatist that altered,' Current Notes, p. 13, is the correct one ; but inay in vain be sought for elsewhere. Its range embraces, I am not satisfied, that my suggestion respecting the as far as found practicable, descriptions and notices of Pall Inn, having been the ‘resting-place for the corpse on Greek coins, the productions of all the countries, over its way to its last home,' is not the true origin of the which the monetary art and excellence of Greece exname? I have received a letter offering a very inge- tended ; and of every age, from the earliest known spenious solution of the difficulty that considering it still a cimens, to the reign of Gallienus, a space of eight hunvexata questio, and having obtained permission, I take dred years. To render more clearly its value and imthe liberty of transcribing
portance, the following retrospective notices are subBridport, Feb. 25.
mitted. Dear Sir,- I have just seen in Willis's Current Notes
But from their monuments, scarcely any thing is of this month, your note about the sign of the inn at Yeovil, known of Egypt and Assyria. The kingdom of the I am satisfied you are on the wrong scent. The true origin, Pharaohs was not available to the historical researches I doubt not, must bave been the adjacent church having of the Greeks, until after its subjugation by the Babybeen anciently dedicated to St. Mary, this inn was then lonians and the Persians ; nothing even of its history probably a sort of religious out-house appurtenant, perhaps remained, save its monuments, in the time of the Ptolea refectory, where the jolly priors and monks experimentally mies, with two or three confused lists of regal names, studied their anti-dry-rot specifics, and when fuddled, are and but a single date, that rested on a recognized basis. likely to have irreverently toasted their patroness, as Poll, The monuments of Assyria have their interpretation which word is now corrupted to Pall. In this same way,
solely in the Old Testament; in like manner, so really believe, that Pall Mall in the Metropolis, was so named in honour of the two first class Beauties of King great has been the destruction of Creek literature by Charles's days, of the same name, but commonly distin- the ravages of barbarism, bigotry and ignorance, that guished as Poll and Moll.. Indeed, I have often wondered of the immense number of Greek writings anciently colthat the elegant dandies of the Athenæum, and the United lected in the libraries of Egypt, Greece and Italy, but Service, have not yet refined their street nomenclature by little remains, and scarcely any contemporaneous of the alteriny Pall Mall to The Two Marys.' Pray forgive this events related. It is, therefore, not at all surprising an tiquarian speculation.
that when the hydrographical outline of the ancient F. G. FLIGHT.
countries was but very partially known ; when the inteAlthough Mr. Flight further states that he considers rior was almost a blank on the map; when scarcely any my notion as rather appalling, I confess that the old of the supposed sites of celebrated cities had been exadage of
plored, the most diligent study of the printed authorities A man convinced against his will,
elicited little more than a history of Athens, giving rise Is of the same opinion still ;
to a commonly received opinion, that the glory of Greece somewhat applies to me, and I shall be glad of any monumental evidence, have greatly enlarged, corrected
was of short duration ; but geographical knowledge and further ideas on the subject. DORCHESTER, March 13.
and improved the history of Greece; not so much in its John GARLAND.
annals, as in the far more important and instructive * The Editor distinctly disarows all or any such hetero- details of a great nation : its manners and institutions ; doxical antiquarian notions, and the best apology is that its proficiency in art and science; and particularly in like the burden of Count Bellino's song
proving the vast extent of the influence of those quali—'tis but Fancy's sketch!
ties, which rendered the Greeks superior to every other Who Mr. Flight's two first class Beauties were, are shrouded ancient race. We may admit without disparagement in conjecture, but supposing one of the Two Marys,' to to the Greeks, that excepting the two Persian wars, have been Mary Davis; it is surprising, that in his anxiety there is little in their annals more edifying than in meto award such saint-like honours to two of the commonly diæval or modern history, but the real glory of Greece is distinguished' frail sisterhood, he did not, with the same propriety and truth assert Moldavia, one of the principalities to be estimated by the extent and duration of its lannow in dispute, was also so named in national respect to guage. A collection of Greek coins is sufficient evidence the meretricious Moll Davis ? The etymological derivation that the customs or institutions, which were certainly is doubtless equally correct, but, as Willis's Current Notes, the cause and consequence of Greek civilization, lasted have the honour of being extensively known and read by more than a thousand years, and extended over countries many of the members of the Atheneum and the United and peoples from Spain to India ; proving, at the same Service Clubs, a passing repudiation is sufficient.
time, that the Greeks constantly maintained that innate