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bell. Somebody found fault with Campbel for mentioning beagles as manhunters in this poem. But I once read that these hounds used actually to be employed in Ireland in ancient times for the purpose. Campbel seems to have borrowed one of his expressions in this poem from a line of Ovid : And not a vassal shall unlace The visor from your dying face.

"Dying face" is a peculiar expression Campbell perhaps was remembering " vultus moriens" in the 'Metamorphoses,' book x. 1. 194. I do not wish to depreciate Shelley, whom I admire much, but he was quite as careless as Byron.

And Earth, their mutual mother, does she groan

To see her sons contend ?

' Revolt of Islam.'

The word mutual is used wrongly instead of common.

She may now seek Cyprian.

Begin, while I in silence bind

My voice, when thy sweet song thou hast began.

It may be observed, however, that Dryden also has used began as a participle : Then, finish what you have began ; But scribble faster if you can.

1 Epistle to Etherege.' The Apennines in the light of day Is a mighty mountain dim and grey Which between the earth and sky doth lay.

Here lay is used instead of lie.


The writer who signs himself " Verax " has an article on this subject in the Daily News of 7 February, in the course of which he calls the late Dean Farrar to book for having in eighteen editions of his ' Life of Christ ' shockingly misquoted a well-known passage in 'Paradise Lost' (iv. 847-9). This passage in the only two editions of Milton which I have at hand is printed thus : And felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely ; saw and pined His loss.

Farrar, it seems, misquotes it in every line, as follows :

Felt how awful Goodness is, and Virtue

In her shape how lovely ; felt and mourned

His fall ;

and " Verax," after some very true remarks upon the want of proper scansion in Farrar's version, and the enormity of substituting " felt " for " saw " and " mourned " for " pined " in the second of the three lines, and of " fall " for " loss " in the last, proceeds to give the passage in its " perfection " thus :

Felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her own shape how lovely ; saw and pined His loss.

A more unfortunate misquotation than this it would be difficult to make.

I hope MR. YARDLEY will not mind my saying that his proposal to read "stay" for " lay " in the passage to which he refers seems to show that he thinks, after all, that Byron might conceivably be improved by mis- quotation ; and this is all I said against him.

C. C. B.

GRAHAMS OF NETHERBY (9 th S. xi. 169). Is COL. GRAHAM aware that several articles have already appeared in * N. & Q.' respecting this family 1 ? See 6 th S. i. 396; ii. 70, 112; 8 th S. x. 156, 424.

EVERARD HOME COLEMAN. 71, Brecknock Road.

EGBERT DODSLEY (9 th S. ix. 228 ; x. 272 ; xi. 173). He seems to have acted as publisher to his host the Rev. Joseph Spence, Prebendary of Durham, who was accidentally drowned in 1768, for on the title-page of ' Pplymetis,' by that author, is " London : Printed for R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall. MDCCLV." A fine oval portrait of the author is prefixed to the folio, and round it is inscribed "Joseph Spence, A.M." ; and underneath " Isaac Whood pinxit : G. Vertue Sculp., 1746." He is de- picted in the ' Tales of the Genii' as " Phejos Ecneps." JOHN PICKFORD, M.A.

Newbourne Rectory, Woodbridge.

JOHN REYNOLDS OF THE MINT (9 th S. xi. 168). In 8 James I. (1610-11) Walter Wil- liams, Andrew Palmer, and John Reynoldfs] were the king's Assay Masters of the Mint. He is mentioned, circa 1649, in a report of the fees, &c., of the officers and ministers of the Mint as follows : "John Reynolds, under- assayer, 40." He wrote the work entitled 'Brief and Easy Gold and Silver Tables,' 1651, 12mo, which was included in 'The New Touchstone for Gold and Silver Wares,' Lond., 1679, 8vo. JOHN RADCLIFFE.

HORNE OR HEARNE (9 fch S. xi. 188). The ate Canon C. W. Bardsley, in the fifth edition 1897) of his ' English Surnames,' quotes Jhaucer with regard to the name Hearne

Lurking in hernes and in lanes blinde ind says, " Any nook or corner of land was with our forefathers a ' hearne,' and as 'en e Herne' or 'atte Hurne' the surname is frequently found in the thirteenth century " ; and adds in a foot-note, " I believe this word s not yet extinct in our North-Country voca- bulary." Elsewhere he mentions among nick- names derivable from birds Henry le Herne r Heron, who occurs in the Hundred Rolls ; and Roger Horne found in the same, who probably owed his name to the sign displayed