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9'" 8. XI. MAY 23, 1903.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


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occurs also in Gillow's * Bibliographical Diet, of English Catholics,' v. 409. He was rector of Lavenham, Suffolk, and compounded for the firstfruits on 24 May, 1572. His suc- cessor, Henry Coppinger, M.A., compounded on 17 February, 1578/9. See the ' Composition Books ' at the Record Office ; and cf . Tanner's ' Bibl. Brit.-Hib.' (1748), p. 615. H. C.

SOUTHEY AND JOSEPH MlTCHELL. Intro- ducing Joseph Mitchell in his ' Later English Poets,' i. 361, Southey writes, or is made by his printer to write, as follows : '

" The man who returned Thompson's ' Wetter ' to him with this foolish and impertinent couplet :

Beauties and faults so thick lie scattered here,

Those I could read, if these were not so near."

" Thompson's ' Werter' " is a curious and some- what recondite substitute for Thomson's 'Winter,' which is said to have prompted the author's fellow-countryman to write the couplet quoted by Southey. Thomson's reply ran thus :

Why all not faults, injurious Mitchell ! why Appears one beauty to thy blasted eye ? Damnation worse than thine, if worse can be, Is all I ask, and all I want from thee.

It is said that, being informed his critic had in reality lost the sight of one eye, Thomson modified his phrase, and dignified him with the gift of a " blasting eye," which somewhat impairs the effect of his retort.

Mitchell was a somewhat improvidentScots- man who managed to ingratiate himself with the leading statesman of his time to the extent of being nicknamed " Sir Robert Wai- pole's Poet." Other distinguished men helped him, and Aaron Hill did him some generous literary service. His name is associated with several dramatic works, both as author and sponsor, and he wrote some good Scottish songs, such as the version of ' Blink o'er the Burn' given in Johnson's ' Musical Museum,' 'As Sylvia in a Forest lay,' and 'Argyle's Levee,' which has frequently been attributed to Lord Binning. Mitchell's 'Poems on Several Occasions ' appeared in two volumes, 1729. THOMAS BAYNE.

CELY FAMILY. In 1900 Mr. H. E. Maiden edited for the Royal Hist. Soc. the ' Cely Papers ' (Camd. Soc., Third Series, i.), being the correspondence of some English wool merchants of the latter part of the fifteenth century. They made gifts to the church of St. Olave, Hart Street, in which parish they dwelt. A note therefore may be added that the monuments of "Richard Cely and Robert Cely, fellmongers, principal builders and benefactors of this church," are mentioned by Stow as existing in St. Olave's ('Survey,'


ed. Thorns, 1842, p. 50). Sir Thomas Gresham in his will, 1575, gave 40. to his apprentice Philip Celye, and appointed Thomas Celye one of the overseers of his will, and gave him 1001. ('Wills from Doctors' Commons,' Camd. Soc., 1863, pp. 58, 59). W. C. B.

"AnciERE." In the Antiquary for April there is an article on Breuning's mission to England in 1595, in which the following foot- note is given to explain an obscure German word :

" Hetschieren. More correctly Hatschier, a mounted imperial bodyguard. The term was still used at the Court of Vienna in 1775. Italian arciere; these guards were originally armed with bows."

As a matter of fact the bodyguard still exists, and the term is used at the Court of Vienna at the present day. The name is still Arcieren Leibgarde = the bodyguard of archers. L. L. K.

BYRON AND MOOKE. Sir Wilfrid Lawson, at a political meeting at Brampton on 20 April, said : " Lord Byron wrote :- The while our ship her foamy track

Against the wind was cleaving, Her trembling pennon still looked back

To that dear land 'twas leaving." Shades of Tom Moore ! that this should come from a Home Ruler.

ALFRED F. CURWEN.

[The version given in the ' Golden Treasury ' runs as follows :

As slow our ship her foamy track Against the wind was cleaving, Her trembling pennant still look'd back To that dear isle 'twas leaving.]

THOMAS TRAHERNE. (See ante, p. 359.) Traherne is a thoroughly Welsh name, and is enshrined in one of the most notable pieces of Welsh poetry now extant the lament for Trahaearn, Prince of Gwynedd, slain in the battle of Mount Carno towards the close of the eleventh century. The poem is by Meilyr Brydydd, who was one of Trahaearnjs bards. A specimen of it is given in Virtue's 'History of Wales.' I quote four lines of the English version :

At Carno was the fight, amongst the hills :

There fell my lord, Trahaearn there was slain.

Beside him sleeps the brave Rhiwallon s son ;

From the lost battle ne'er would he return.

C. C. B.

CLIFFORD'S INN. (See ante, p. 285.) -"By direction of the trustees and members of the Society, and under an order of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice," this