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9's.xLMA R cH7,i903.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


Where did Mr. Wright get his time-table, the original of which has, I have been informed, been lost ? To what school does it refer ] I shall be very grateful if you can help me. ARTHUR BURRELL.

QUOTATIONS. I want to trace the fol- lowing :

1. " Le roi est mort ; vive le roi." This is given by Lamb as Chateaubriand's Was it not used as a formula by some of the earlier French kings ? It is not in the ordinary dictionaries of quotations.

2. "In tarn occupato sseculo fabulas vul- gares nequitia non invenit." This is quoted by Lamb from Fuller, and looks like late Latin. HIPPOCLIDES.

' VICAR OF WAKEFIELD.' The following obituary notice appeared in the Universal Magazine of January, 1766, p. 53 :

"Lately. Kev. Mr. Mattinson, curate of Patter- dale, Westmoreland, for sixty years. The first infant he christened was afterwards his wife, by whom he had one son and three daughters, all whom he married in his own church. His stipend was forty years 121., and for the last twenty not 2QL per ann. Yet he died at the age of eighty-three, worth IjOOW. sterling, SOW. of which was saved out of his stipend."

As Goldsmith wrote his immortal 'Vicar of Wakefield' in that year, may he not have received the first impetus to its composition by reading this announcement ?


"So MANY GODS," &c. I shall be much obliged if any one can tell me the author of the following lines :

So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind Is all this sad world needs.


KEATS : " SLOTH." Keats's ' Endymion,' book i., 84 lines from end of book, reads :

Pleasure is oft a visitant ; but pain Clings cruelly to us, like the gnawing sloth On the deer's tender haunches ; late and loth 'Tis scared away by slow returning pleasure.

Can you tell me what animal is meant by the sloth ? I can find no animal in Wood's ' Natural History ' likely to fit.


[There is a large family of sloths (Cholrepus and Bradypus), but we think that they are all arboreal in habit and vegetable feeders.]

PORTRAIT OF DANTE. What is a Cavaliere Gaudente ? Prof. A. Chiappelli, a distinguished Italian art-critic, professes to have discovered a portrait of Dante among the figures in the

fresco of the Paradiso, by Orcagna, on the walls of the Strozzi Chapel in the church of Santa Maria Novella at Florence, and published an article on the subject in the Marzocco, a Florentine periodical, on 28 De- cember last.

Signer Guido Carocci avows himself un- convinced by Prof. Chiappelli's arguments, and is of opinion that if there is a portrait of Dante among the figures in Orcagna's fresco, it is that pointed out by Jacques Mesnil, and that the pretended portrait of Dante is that of a Cavaliere Gaudente, as may be seen by the colour of the dress and the cross upon the breast. What is a Cavaliere Gaudente? JOHN HEBB.

[An Italian lady was supposed to have four more or less amorous attendants, " il marito, il ferito, il servente, il gaudente." We know nothing concern- ing the dress of these various cavaliers.]

"NOT WORLDS ON WORLDS," &c. Can any reader furnish the name of the author of the following lines 1

Not worlds on worlds, in phalanx deep,

Need we to prove that God is here ; The daisy, fresh from winter's sleep, Tells of His love in lines as clear.


The lines, which you slightly misquote, are as ows :

Not worlds on worlds, in phalanx deep,

Need we to prove a God is here ;

The daisy, fresh from nature's sleep,

Tells of His hand in lines as clear.

For who but He who arch'd the skies, And pours the days pring's living flood,

Wondrous alike in all He tries, Could raise the daisy's purple bud,

Mould its green cup, its wiry stem,

Its fringed border nicely spin, And cut the gold-embossed gem

That, set in silver, gleams within,

And fling it, unrestrain'd and free, O'er hill and dale and desert sod,

That man, where'er he walks, may see

In every step the stamp of God ? They are by Dr. John Mason Good, F.R.S., 1764- 1827, translator of Lucretius, &c., for whom see 'D.N.B.,' xxii. 110. We find the poem quoted in ' The Naturalist's Poetical Companion,' by the Rev. Edward Wilson, M.A., F.L.S., Leeds, 1846. As the work is difficult of access, and we know not where else the lines may be found, we quote the poem, with which since youth we have been familiar.]

VOLTAIRE: " L'ANATOMIE VIVANTE." Can any reader refer me to a passage in which Voltaire is called by himself or a contempo- rary I'anatomie vivante ? D. S.

HELL-IN- HARNESS. Mr. Harper tells his readers in ' The Cambridge, Ely, and King's