NOTES AND QUERIES. LUS. XL MAR. 20,1915,
placing his hand on Gudin's collar, said gently, " Moil enfant, quand. vous aidez un homme de ma taille a monter, il faut le faire doucement." J. LAND FEAR LUCAS.
Glendora, Hindhead, Surrey.
WE must request correspondents desiring in- formation on family matters of only private interest to affix their names and addresses to their queries, in order that answers may be sent to them direct.
HARDY BIBLIOGRAPHY. Can any of your readers give me the names of the periodicals in which appeared the following short stories by Mr. Thomas Hardy (a Bibliography of whose works I have in hand) ?
Alicia's Diary. 1887.
The Grave by the Handpost. Christmas, 1897.
What the Shepherd Saw. Christmas. 1881.
A Committee Man of the Terror. 1895.
A Mere Interlude. October, 1885.
A Tradition of 1804. Christmas, 1882.
The Duke's Reappearance.
I have failed to find them in any ' Index of Periodical Literature.'
A. P. WEBB. 282, King's Road, Chelsea.
AUGUST DIEZER. When in Boston, U.S., recently. I acquired a pastel portrait signed August Diezer, fecit 1804." I cannot find mention of this artist in any book of reference, although it is a distin- guished piece of work. M. Paul Lambotte, the Director of Fine Arts in Belgium, has seen the picture, and informs me that Diezer, or rather Diziere, is a well-known name in Belgium. It is common in the Valley of the Meuse Walloon, but not Flemish. 'The spelling of the name on my portrait implies, I suppose, the German form of the name. I should be glad of any information on the s ^ ec t- JOHN LANE.
The Bodley Head, Vigo Street, W.
COIN : JOHN or GAUNT. Can any one give me information on the subject of a copper coin which a friend has shown me, and which he found at a small curio shop in the suburbs ? It bears on the obverse a crowned head and the words " John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster "j on the reverse a female figure, seated, with a harp, and the word "Hibernia' ; ; and round the edge of the coin are the words " Current every- where/' It is rather larger and thicker than a halfpenny. There is no date upon it. When were such coins struck, and are they rare ? Q WATSON.
294, Worple Road, Wimbledon.
" ET EGO IN ARCADIA vfxi." I am anxious to find the origin of this saying. It is quoted by Goethe (' Travels in Italy ') from an Italian painter whose name I forget, but that is not the point. The question is, Where did the Italian painter get it from ? Was it anything classical ? Some learned man is- mentioned as saying that the origin is Greek ; but I cannot find anything like it.
H. BRINTON. Warre House, Eton College.
["Et in Arcadia ego" was discussed at 4 S. u 509, 561 ; x. 432, 479, 525, 532 ; xi. 86 ; 6 S. vi. 396 and Goethe's use of the German equivalent in the ' Italienische Keise ' is referred, by DR. KINDT at 4 S. i. J82, to Schiller's poem 'Resignation,' which begins " Auch ich war in Arkadien gebpren." No conclusion was come to as to the origin of the Latin. It appears in two pictures by Nicolas Poussin of shepherds deciphering an inscription on a tomb, and there the general sense would seem to- be that even in Arcadia death finds a place. This,, however, will hardly allow of the addition of " vixi," and in Goethe and Schiller the words seem to be a claim to kindred with Arcady, as the land of joy and simplicity.]
DE QUINCEY PUZZLE. In De Quincey's ' Uncollected Writings ' (1890), vol. ii. p. 60, last line, occurs this sentence in an essay entitled ' How to Write English ' :
"Whilst disputing about the items on the tcss apettiele, the disputed facts were overtaking us, and flying past us, on the most gigantic scale."
The essay appeared in the July number of The Instructor, 1853, but a copy of this is hard to come by.
What should the words be which I have italicized ? J. T. F.
AUTHOR WANTED. Can any one tell m the origin of the following lines ? I often heard them quoted in my boyhood in the North of England, but have " never heard them since :
It's a very good world this to live in,
To spend, or to lend, or to give in ;
But to beg or to borrow, or get a man's own,
It 's the very worst world that ever was known.
[See 6 S. i. 77, 127, 166, 227, 267 ; ii. 19, 79 ; 7 S. xi. 1S5._ Bartlett's 'Familiar Quotations,' 10th ed., p. 279, attributes the lines to Rochester.]
OLD TREE IN PARK LANE. Can any reader of ' N. & Q.' tell me the name of that fine tree in the small garden in front of Dudley House, Park Lane ? In 1913 it appeared to be in a bad way ; but after some lopping and careful attention at its roots, it seemed to take a fresh lease of life. It is considered to be a unique specimen in London. CECIL CLARKE]