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12 s. vi. APRIL 10, 1920.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


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Antinous, in his next speech, continues in the

same strain :

For proof that I acknowledge you the author

Of giving me my birth, I have discharg'd

A part of my obedience.

with which we may compare the words of Giovanni to his tutor Charamonte in ' The Great Duke of Florence,' I. i. :

.... you have been to me A second father, and may justly challenge

As much respect and service, as was due To him that gave me life.

Note also that, in his reply to Antinous* Cassilanes speaks of his son's " giant-like conceit. This adjective is Massinger's. He has " giant-like ambition " in ' The Picture,' V. iii., and again in ' The Custom of the Country,' II. i., and ' The False One,' V. iv. In the long oration of Cassilanes before the Senate we have a typical piece of Massinger rhetoric, which should be compared with Paris' s speech to the Senate in ' The Roman Actor,' I. iii., and Sforza's address to the Emperor in ' The Duke of Milan,' III. i. The following definite suggestions of Mas- singer's hand may be noted here :

(1) ... .were there pitch'd. Another, and another field, like that

Which, not yet three days since, this arm hath scatter'd

.... then the man

That had a heart to think he could but follow (For equal me he should not) through the lanes Of danger and amazement, might in that, That only of but following me, be happy.

The same metaphor will be found again in one of the Massinger scenes of ' The False One ' (V. iii.) where Caesar says to his soldiers :

follow

The lane this sword makes for you.

(2) Cassilanes dilates upon his prowess in the battlefield. When the enemy attacked, it was he who met them " in the forefront of the armies " :

I, I myself, Was he that first disrank'd their woods of pikes.

The phrase " a wood of pikes " occurs once more in ' The Unnatural Combat,' III. iii., where Belgarde, the neglected soldier, speaking of the armour that he wears, says :

This hath passed through A wood of pikes.

(3) Cassilanes continues :

. . . .as often

As I lent blows, so often I gave wounds And every wound a death.

This is one of the passages that recalls the language of ' Henry VIII.' Lovell, in Act V., sc. i., of that play, speaking of the


severity of the pain endured by the queen- in her confinement, uses the same hyper- bole :

.... her sufferance made Almost each pang a death.

(4) After a long catalogue of his deeds of: valour, Cassilanes breaks off with :

I talk too much, But 'tis a fault of age.

In like fashion Beliza, in ' The Queen of Corinth,' I. ii. (a scene written by Massinger), remarks :

If I speak

Too much ....

Prithee remember 'tis a woman's weakness.

(5) Finally Cassilanes concludes his long harangue with a triumphant :

Lords, I have said.

So also Paris ends his speech to the Senate in ' The Roman Actor,' I. iii. :

I have said, my lord. Sforza his in ' The Duke of Milan,' III. i. :

I have said, And now expect my sentence.

and Cleremond his in ' The Parliament of Love,' V. i. :

I have said, sir.


H. DUGDALE SYKES.


Enfield.


(To be continued.)


THORNFORD, DORSET: CHURCH OF ST. MARY MAGDALENE.

BELOW are given the inscriptions on the bells in this parish, together with extracts from the churchwardens' accounts in the seven- teenth and early part of the eighteenth centuries.

I. BELLS.

Previous to the year 1906 there were only three bells in the tower, although pits were in position for two more. In that year two extra trebles were added by parishioners and friends in memory of the late much- beloved rector, the Rev. W. M. Roxby, who died suddenly at the Weymouth Church Congress in October, 1905 : Treble.

1. CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON

(below rims) WILFRID. 1906.

Diam. 28 ins.

2. CAST BY JOHN WARNER & SONS LONDON

(below rims) MAUDE-ROXBY. 190B Diam. 30 ins.

3. RICH : RING : JOHN : HOPKINES : c : W :

ANNO : DOMINI : 1708 : T K (two crowns) Diam. 32 i ins.