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NOTES AND Q UERIES. [12 s. vi. JUNE 19, 1920.


and the care taken by him to adhere to the natural accent of speech one is tempted to wonder that song and regular verse never, save for one or two settings of verses from the Psalter, parted company. The element of rime may be taken to have determined this constancy ; it might perhaps be successfully contended that rime has at least as much importance in sung

.- as in spoken'verse.

On the whole, the Lutenists carry off. the palm for poetry. For one thing, they have Campian

.among them whom most of us hitherto have known as Campion. Mr. Fellowes's spelling is justified by the title-pages of the song-writer's books of Airs, and also by the poet's mode of Latinizing his name : " Tho. Campiani Epigramma, &c."

In Walter Porter's set we came across a long, rather clumsy anticipation of Mr. Yeats's beauti-

'ful stanza,

How many loved your moments of glad grace.

In Philip Rossiter's ' Book of Airs ' standing

out from the mass of the rather heavily-pondered,

slow-moving, ornate verses is a fresh, abrupt,

little song, with a curious rhythm, beginning

'Shall I come if I swim ? Wide are the waves

you see,

which, again, contrasted with the others, has something of the effect of the outburst

W r hat voices are these, <fcc., in Matthew Arnold's ' Tristram and Iseult.'

The pretty lullaby of Robert Verstegan's, ' Upon my lap my sovereign sits,' appears among

-the madrigals in Martin Peerson's ' Private Music.' Peerson's ' Motets ' are all settings to words from Fulke Greville's ' Caelica ' Sonnets excepting the elegy on the poet at the end. East, Ravenscroft and Thomas Weelkes have a set of doggerel rimes on tobacco. Sidney, Davison, Ben Jonson, Anthony Munday, Daniel, Donne, Greene, Carew, and several other poets less well known are represented here and we think that an index of these might be provided in a second edition. In view of that we may mention the evident dropping out of " not " in the first line on p. 341.

The Notes which show among other interest- ing things how many of he songs are translations attest the care with which the text of each lyric has been settled. It is with the texts alone that this book is concerned, both the music of the songs, and the biographies of the composers having been dealt with in Mr. Fellowes's earlier book ' The English Madrigal Composers.'

The. Library. Fourth Series, Vol. i. No. 1.,' with which are incorporated tha Transactions of the Bibliographical Society. New Series, vol. i. No. 1. (Oxford University Press.)

SIR JOHN MACALISTER, the founder of The Library is much to be congratulated ; he has carried on that magazine for thirty years, a length of life which no other bibliographical magazine can rival. He has now transferred it to the Bibliographical Society, and we have before us the first number of a new series in which The Library incorporates the Transactions of the Society. These latter have hitherto been published in a biennial volume but will now appear in quarterly parts, and may be


purchased by non-members the annual subscrip- tion being 10,v. 6d.

This first number contains the entertaining paper on ' Travesties of Shakespeare's Plays ' read before the Society last November by Mr. R. Farquharson Sharp, and part of Mr. F. W. Bourdillon's paper on ' Huon de Bordeaux' and 'Melusine.' read last December a very careful and scholarly piece of work.

Mr. Winship's Annual Letter on Bibliographical work in the United States contains good notes on the Catalogues of the Widener and John Carter Brown Libraries. Mr. Winship suggests a problem for solution by English readers to wit, the identifi- cation of forty entries in the list of John Harvard's books, which have defied the researches of Mr. Potter (v. the Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts for March of this year).

The reviews deal with ' Wiegendrucke und Handschriften,' a bibliographical ' Festgabe ' offered to Dr. Haebler ; with a Catalogue of the Incunabula in the Premonstratensian k Canonry at Schliigl (Upper Austria); with Dr. Bradley's theory about the numbered sections in Old English Poetical MSS., and with Mr. Septimus Rivington's history of his family.


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