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through London, and that South wark Bridge, wanting this advantage, would serve only for traffic originating within a radius of half a mile of each of its approaches.

An interesting pamphlet (' Considerations on the Proposed Southwark Bridge from Bankside to Queen Street, Cheapside,' by a Subscriber, 1813) says (p. 15) :

" But let. every unbiased person decide, whether any situation in the City of London ould have been fixed upon as less calculated to <?arry off an influx of carriages (supposing there to be any) than Thames Street or Watling Street, for the other avenues are all narrow lanes ! "

These objections to the purpose of the bridge were entirely justified later. In all its ninety-three years' existence it has been the most forlorn and deserted thoroughfare across the Thames in London.

The adjoining railway bridge to Cannon Street would have carried more foot-pas- sengers if the railway company had fulfilled their undertaking to provide footpaths and staircases as at Hungerford Bridge.

Approaching the bridge from Queen Street, there %vas a soothing calm in the houses and the steeply inclined roadway that provided a delightful contrast with the other bridges, with their turmoil of traffic.

On the Southwark approach there were for some years a few interesting shops offering old books, prints, and antiques n adequate indication that it was " a street of cultured ease," although I must not forget the Vieweg establishment at West- minster Bridge.

Possibly its early neglect was in a manner enforced by its tolls. The company's hopeful anticipation that their income would equal half the amount then received from tolls on Blackfriars Bridge was not realized.

It is, perhaps, a little outside the scope of matters usually discussed in these pages, but we may ask, Why is this bridge being rebuilt ? ALECK ABRAHAMS.

BURTON'S QUOTATIONS FROM " LOE- H^EUS." In Burton's ' Anatomy of Melan- choly ' there are a number of quotations from a Latin poet, " Loechaeus." This should be Leochaeus Joannes Leochaeus Scotus who appears in the ' D.N.B.' as John Leech (fl. 1623). His Latin name occurs in his own hexameters, and must be read as four syllables, the first two syllables short.

Burton's quotations all seem to be taken from poems which were published in 1620 under the title ' Musse Priores.' One pas- sage is definitely referred to the ' Panthea '

it is in lib. i. p. 6 and two others are quoted from the ' Anacreontica ' (lib. ii. pp. 70, 81 ). In Shilleto's edition these come in vol. iii 95, 158 ; ii. 143. In the remaining cases the foot-note says only " Loechaeus." The quotation at iii. 90 might have been referred to the ' Panthea ' (lib. i. p. 18). And there are six quotations from the " vinitory " eclogues : in vol. iii. 139, 266, 242, 179, 248, 286. The first two of these come from Eel. II., with " odioque " misquoted for odione ; the third, with " laetos " misprinted for Iceta, from Eel. III. ; the last three from Eel. IV.

One would hardly expect to find " vini- tory " eclogues in the works of a Scottish poet, but two of Leech's epigrams suggest that he spent some time in France (from October, 1617, to May, 1620). And he definitely says that some of his eclogues were written at " Augustoritum-pictonum " (Poitiers) while he dwelt by the River " Clanus " (Clain). W. P. M.

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NOTES ON WORDS FOR THE * N.E.D.' (See ante, pp. 105, 227.)

Baker-legged. 1607. " Wil womeiis tounges (like Bakers legs) neuer go straight." Decker and Webster, ' Westward Hoe,' 4.

Bat. (A variant of pat.) 1629. "These gentlemen Haue certainely had good breeding, as it appeares By their neat kissing, they hit me so bat on the lippes At the first sight." Mas- singer, ' The Picture,' G 2.

Chit-face[d]. 1622. " The peaking chitface page hit me." Massinger and Decker, ' The Virgin Martyr/ sig. D.

Day. (One's fighting, dancing, travelling days, &c.) 1629. " My dancing dayes are past." ' The Picture,' E 3.

Drum-Major. 1613. " That fellow that by his continuall practise Hopes to become Drum Major." Marston, ' The Insatiable Countess,' I 3.

Fee-faw-fum. 1595. " Fee, fa, fum, here is the Englishman." Geo. Peele, ' The Old Wiues Tale,' D 2.

Forever as one word. ('N.E.D.,' 1670.) 1629. " We are made foreuer." ' The Picture, F3.

Geneva print. (Strong drink.) 1623. "And if you meet An officer preaching of sobriety, Vnlesse he read it in Geneva print, Lay him by the heels." Massinger, ' Duke of Millaine,' first

Go'dling. 1622. " It is the ancientst godling, do not feare him, He would not hurt the thiefe that stole away Two of his golden locks." ' The Virgin Martyr,*' G 2.

Grass, turn out to. 1619. " Turne dissemblers out to grasse." S. Rowlands, ' Well Met Gossip,' C 1.

Hear from. (' N.E.D.,' 1837.) 1632. " I must doe, Not talke, this glorious gallant shall heare from me." Massinger, ' The Maid of Honour,' E.

House, open. 1632. " Keepe you open house here ? "/<?., D 2.