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line. Lawrence, in his “ Delineation Sir Thomas Browne, io his “ Vulgar of the horse" thus notices it :.
Errors,” supposes that the very gene“ Markbam in his Cavallarice, and ral superstition, that the devil, what. that Mirror of learned riding-masters, ever shape he assume, always appears Michael Baret, describe a mode of run with a cloven-foot, arises from his ning matches across the country, in being mentioned as frequently taking their days, denominated the Wild goose the form of a goat ; and remarks, chase, an imitation of which has con
" that whereas it is said in Scripture, tinued in occasional use to the present thou shall not offer unto devils, the time, under the name of Steeple hunt- original word is Seghnirim, that is, ing : that is to say, two horsemen, drunk or sober, in or out of their wits, rough and hairy goats." Also “ that fix upon a steeple, or some eminent the goat was the emblem of the sin distant object, to which they make a
offering, and is the emblem of sinful straight cut over hedge, ditch, and men at the day of judgment." gate—the devil take the hindmost. The There is a curious tale told of Rich, Wild goose chase was a more regular the manager of Covent Garden theatre, thing, and it was prescribed, that after celebrated for his extreme activity in the horses had run twelve score yards, the character of harlequio. He had the foremost horse was to be followed ordered a hackney-coachman to drive wherever he went by the others, within him to the city, when passing along a a certain distance agreed upon, or be
very narrow street, he perceived the beaten or whipped up by the triers or window of a friend's house open, and judges. A borse being left behind twelve immediately jumped from the coach score, or any limited number of yards, into the house. The unconscious was deemed beaten, and lost the match. Sometimes it bappened that a horse
coachman drove on to the place he lost the lead, which was gained, and
was directed, and on opening the door the chase won by the stouter, although perceived that bis passenger had dis. less speedy antagonist; and the lead appeared. After muttering some curses has often been alternately lost and won, on “ the bilking rascal,” he was re110 doubt to the rapturous enjoyment turning to his stand, when Rich,watchof those who could relish such laborious ing the opportunity, threw himself and dangerous amusements, wbich I from the window into the coach, and fear were also attended with disgusting began swearing at the driver, for pot circumstances of cruelty, in the triers taking him to the place be bad apbeating up the hind-most horse."
pointed. The fellow stared, and seemShakespeare mentions this helter ed much alarmed, but turning round, skelter amusement in his “Romeo he again proceeded to the place of and Juliet,” where Mercutio says, destination, and whilst he was letting “ If thy wits run the wild goose chase, down the steps, Rich offered to pay I have done;" and Burton in his “Apa- bim, but the man declined taking the tomy of Melancholy," tells us that money, saying that “ he had made a “ riding of great horses, running at vow, not to receive any money from ring, tilts and tournaments, horse his customers that day;" but Rich races, wild goose chases, are the dis- insisting op bis accepting it, the driver ports of great men.”
jumped upon his box, and flogging Helter Skelter, an expression, de. his horses, cried out, “No, no, Mr. noting cheerful hurrying progression, Devil, I know you well enough, for is used by Shakespeare in the 2nd part all you wear shoes." of Henry IV. where Pistol thus ad Old Nick, a caut name for the devil, dresses Falstaff:
is satirically derived by Butler in his “ Sir Jobn, I am thy Pistol, and thy
“ Hudibras," from the famous Flo. friend,
rentine, Nicholas Machiavel, born in And helter skelter have I rode to thee,
1469, whose treatise, entitled “ The And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys, Prince,” describing the arts of a tyAnd golden times, and happy news of rannic goveroment, has given origin price
[king, to the word Machiavelism, used as Sir John, thy tender lambkin now is synonimous with political intrigue. Harry the Fifth 's the man,"
The lines in Hudibras are, It is probably derived from the “ Nick Machiavel bad ne'er a trick hilaritèr celeriter of our Roman con (Tho' he gives name to our Old Nick) querors, which have precisely the But was below the least of these.” same meaning
A Writer in this Magazine, who
North-West liew of the
sigoed Palæophilus, is most probably may be seen in your vol. LXXIII. correct in deducing this nick-name of pp. 1156, 1226 ; vol. LXXIV. p. 18; the devil from a malevolent sea Deity, with farther remarks on it by Mr. worshipped by the antient Germans Gough, io p. 313 of the latter volume. and Dades under the pame of Nocca Very accurate drawings of this tapesor Nicken, styled in the Edda, which try have lately been made for the Socontains the Pagan creed of Scandi- ciety of Antiquaries by Mr. Stodart; navia, Niken, which Keysler derives and it is to be farther illustrated by from the German nugen, answering to Mr. Dibdin, in his “ Bibliographical the Latin necare.
Tour,” now preparing for the press. Another vulgar name, Old Scratch, Yours, &c.
D. has probably been given from the common pictorial representations of Mr. URBAN,
June 10. him with enormous crooked talons or
ATELY taking up my Horace, claws;
and a third appellation some and accidentally turning to the times applied to him, of Old Harry, third Ode of the first book, my eye appears to be derived from the verb was caught by the passagem lo harrie, to lay waste, to destroy.
" Qui siccis oculis monstra natantia, (To be continued.)
Qui vidit mare turgidum,” &c. Mr. URBAN,
This reading displeased Bentley,
who wished substitute “rectis ocuTHE The city of Bayeux, in Normandy, lis,” but for this reading there does
on the banks of the little river not appear sufficient authority to jusAuse, about a league and a half from the sea, is old and very indif- the present readiog is, that the sight
tify the alteration. The objection tơ ferently built. Previous to the Re of the dangers or the horrors of the volution it contained seventeen parish Churches, including the suburbs, and
sea was not likely to produce tears,
however it might scare or terrify him seven convents. The Cathedral (see Plate II.) which other classical authors, where the
who contemplated them. But if, in was built in 1159 by Bp. Philip de lection was never disputed, we have Harcourt, and dedicated to the Virgin, the same idea, it seems unreasonable is large, in forn of a cross, with
to refuse to Horace that whicb is pointed arches. In the centre of the conceded to another. Let us consitransepts is a handsome 'square tower, der the text. Horace is not speaking surmounted by a light and elegant of one who, from a situation of perspire. The portal at the West end is fect safety, should view an objeci so fíanked by two square towers, each horrid in itself as to tempt him to of which terminates in a very lofty turn his eyes aside ; and that, there. spire ; and the lower part of the fore, he who had magnanimity enough whole is formed by five porches. to look at it with unaverted eyes; That in the middle has a pointed arch
must have an heart of brass. formed by five ogires, the reins and
robur et æs triplex,” &c. But he mouldings whereof are enriched with carvings, representing the figures of supposes him who looks at these horthe principal persons in the old and rors to be in a state of danger from New Testament. The mouldings of and exposed to them in the navigat
them, as being in the midst of them, the sweeps, of all the other porches
ing those seas. The sense of his own are plaio. Io the centre pier of the portal stands a statue of the Virgin; tears: and the sorrows which even
danger, therefore, might excite his and each side are six apostles as large the greatest heroes of antiquity feel, as life. This portal, with the stațues thereon, appears to be coeval with are, by the poets, represented as vent.
ing themselves in tears. the Cathedral. At Bayeux is preserved the famous 151, speaking of Úlysses, Homer says,
Thus in the Odyssey, Book E. verse embroidered tapestry of Matilda, con
8δε πο7' οσσε sort of William the Conqueror, representing the histories of Harold king Δακρυοφιν τερσονιο, καλεισέλο δε γλυκυς
αίων of Eogland and William duke of Nor. mandy; a particular account of which Noolov odugogeryw. (compiled chiefly from Montfaucon) And numberless other jostances of the GENT. MAG, July, 1819.
same kind might be adduced. Here to the octavo edition of Cartwright's
but must the Vidit monstra natantia," &c.
[grieve but the “ commisit pelago ratem,”
Sorrow and Verse their way; 'nor will I which connects the destiny of him
Longer in silence; no,that poor, poor part that weeps with the evil which he
Of Nature's legacy, verse void of art, contemplates. Thus, in the1371h Psalm,
And undissembled teares, Cartwright
shall have the captive Jews are represented as
Fixt on his hearse, and wept into his weeping at the recollection of Sion,
Muses, I need you not ; for Grief and I from the circumstance of their destiny
Can in your absence weave an Elegy: being involved in the calamities of Wbich we will do; and often interweave Sion.
Sad looks and sighs; the ground-work If this interpretation of the text be
must receive correct, there seems not the smallest Such characters, or be adjudg'd unfit reason for any alteration; it stands For my Friend's shroud; others have on the same foundation às numbers
shew'd their wit, less other passages, and, consequently, Learning, and languagefitly; for these be ought to be left undisturbed. H. H. Debts due to his great merits; but for me,
My aymes are like myself, humble and Mr. URBAN, Kilkenny, May 12.
[to show AM induced to hope that you may
Too mean to speak his praise, too mean
The World wbat ic hath lost in losing consider the following observa
[harmony. tions not unworthy of insertion in the
Whose words and deeds were perfect pages of your valuable Magazine, But now' 't is lost; lost in the silent which, from its commencement, has
[have greatly contributed to the advance
Lost to us mortals, lost, till we shall ment and diffusion of English Litera Admission to that Kingdom where he ture. Some of the ensuing remarks sings
[Kings. may prove not wholly unioteresting Harmonious anthems to the King of to those who are critically skilled in Sing on, blest Soul! be as thou wast the writings of our antient Dramatic below,
[show Authors: and some, although expla.
A more than common instrument to watory of passages, which to well-in- Thy maker's praise ; sing on, whilst I
lament formed persons are neither difficult or obscure, may yet be acceptable to Thy loss, and court a holy discontent, readers less conversant with such pro
With such pure thoughts as thine, to
dwell with me, ductions, and superficially acquainted Then I may hope to live and dye like
[thee, with the language aud customs of our
To live helov'd, dye mourn'd, thus in abcestors.
my grave; [cannot bave." In volume IX. page 58, of Mr. Blessings that Kings have wished, but Gifford's excellent edition of Ben
The 4th, 5th, and 6th lines (espe-
cially the words in Italic letters) are sage in Shakspeare's Henry v. Acti. quite decisive of the
truth of Mr. Gif.
ford's assertion, that the custom of Scene 2:
asfixing short poems to the hearse or “ Either our History shall, with full
grave of eminent persons was once mouth,
(grave, prevalent in England. Speak freely of our acts; or else, our Like Turkish mute, shall have a tongueless mouth,
Io page 202 of the same volume, a Not worshipp'd with a waxen epitaph."
passage in Jonson's “ Discoveries" is
thus printed : The verses quoted from John
“ Have S not seen the pomp of a whole Eliot and the Bishop of Chichester
Kingdom, and what a foreign King could support the correctness of Mr. Gif
bring hither? Also to make himself ford's iuterpretation, which is strongly gazed and wondered at, laid forth as determined by Izaak Walton's ex it were to the shew, and vanish all away quisite poem on the death of Wil.
in a day.”. liam Cartwright. It is the last of A gross error has plainly crept ia the 55 commendatory poems prefixed bere; no stop whatever should inter