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that the result in that case was negative. According to ray experience, the " bonny bird " has no evil ideas connected with her in popular folk-lore. Poets, and other writing people influenced by foreign literature, give her a bad name, and naturalists assure us that she begins her career with murder, and progresses to polyandry and palming off her young on undiscriminating neighbours ; but country folk tell no such tales. If "she sucks little birds' eggs," it is with the laudable intention of making her voice clear," that she may chant a fitting lay in the joyous days of spring. What do the country corre- spondents of *N. & Q.' say ? Is the bird ever a herald of misfortune ? A. E.

[Many articles on cuckoo folk-lore appeared in 6 th S. ii., iii., iv., vii., viii.]

HATBANDS. When did the black hatband come into use as a sign of mourning ? I shall be glad to learn where I may find an account of its history, &c. WILLIAM ANDREWS.

Hull Royal Institution.

" SLEEP THE SLEEP OF THE JUST." Can any one give the origin of the commonly used phrase "to sleep the sleep of the just "1 It is neither in Bible nor Apocrypha. L. H. [See the numerous articles in 7 th S. iv., v., vii., viii.]

WAVERLEY ABBEY. (See 9 th S. x. 206.) I am anxious to solve the problem of the mysterious wall, that looks like a bit of the boundary wall of this abbey, close to the river Wey. The excavators at work on the site of the abbey apparently give it the cold shoulder (though it is perfectly clear in Buck's view, reproduced on p. 88 of 'Abbeys around Lon- don '), for at the Guildford Museum at Castle Arch the wall is not marked in the splendid scale plans showing the results of the excava- tions to date. I should be glad to know of any other old print or map (on a sufficiently large scale) which would help me. I asked for this information some little time ago, but have not been favoured with a reply. JOHN A. EANDOLPH.

" PHILIP AND CHEYNYE." As some of your correspondents have been discussing Isabella colour, may I pass from Isabella to Philip, and inquire the origin of the term "Philip and cheney"? Halliwell's 'Dictionary' de- scribes this as "a kind of Stuff, formerly much esteemed." But what sort of stuff was it, and why so named 1 L. B. CLARENCE. [See ' Cheyney ' in ' H.E.D.'J

"HOUR" OF NAPOLEON III. Can any one say where, either in Nassau Senior's 'Con-


versations ' or elsewhere, the saying of Louis Napoleon, " My hour is not come ; when it does I shall break like glass," is to be found ?

P. NORTH.

BESILEY, YORK HERALD : SKELTON, YORKS. Can any reader give me information as to Thomas Besiley, York Herald temp. Henry VIII., and as to whether he was of Skelton, Yorks, and where this place is situated? T. BESILEY.

[Skeltons are rather plentiful in Yorkshire. There is one in the East Riding, three in the North Riding, and one in the West Riding.]

SWEDENBORG'S EARLY LIFE. A friend of mine told me recently that he had read in a newspaper or magazine a paragraph con- cerning the recent discovery of some docu- ments about the early life of Emanuel Swedenborg. My informant, however, is not able to remember in what periodical he saw the paragraph. Can, and will, any reader of ' N. & Q.' furnish me with the desired infor- mation? CHARLES HIGHAM.

169, Grove Lane, Camberwell, S.E.

fENANCpUR. Is there any authority for ternite deviens mon asile," as the last words of tienne Pivert de Senancour? His last words are so given in Marvin's 'Last Words of Distinguished Men and Women,' edition of 1902, Appendix, p. 334. Matthew Arnold has these lines :

Composed to bear, I lived and died,

And knew my life was vain,

With fate I murmur not, nor chide,

At Sevres by the Seine

(If Paris that brief flight allow) My humble tomb explore ! It bears : ' Eternity, be thou My refuge ! ' and no more.

CHARLES S. VANE. New York.

THE REDUCED FACSIMILE OF THE FIRST FOLIO SHAKESPEARE. What particular copy of the First Folio is the original of the reduced facsimile published some twenty-six years ago by Chatto & Windus? Every Shake- spearean student is aware that there are differences between the earlier copies and those struck off later. ALEX. LEEPER.

Trinity College, Melbourne.

[All the Clarendon Press Folio facsimile says is that Messrs. Chatto & Windus for their facsimile, published in 1876, purchased " a copy belonging to Thomas Hayes, a Manchester bookseller, which they subsequently sold to Mr. Robert Roberts, of Boston, Lincolnshire." The 'Census of Copies,' in which it is No. 86, says only, under the heading 'Condi- tion,' " title made up from Second Folio ; flyleaf and three other preliminary pages in facsimile. Size, 12,| inches by 8 inches."]