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s. ix. JAN. is, 1902.] NOTES AND QUERIES.


Soiling the spring from whence his science flowed, In all he gaines by perfect Judgement gained, A hate of life that hath so long remained.

From height of throne to abiect wretchednesse, From woonderous skil to seruile ignorance ; From court to cart, from rich to recklessnesse The ioyes of his life have no continuance : The king, the caitife wretch, the lay, the learned, Their crowns, woes, wants and wits with griefe have erned.

The Judgement seate hath brawles, honour is hated,

The soldiers life is a dayly thrall to danger,

The merchants bag by tempest is abated

His purse still serves for prey to every stranger,

The scholler with his knowledge learns repent,

Thus each estate in life hath discontent.

And in these trades and choice estates of living, Youth steales on manly state, and it on age, And age with weakned limmes, and mind misgiving, With trembling tongue repenteth youthly rage, And ere he full hath learnd his life to governe, He dies, and dying doth to dust returne.

There are four more verses in similar vein, but enough have been quoted to show the striking similarity of treatment.


New York.

" Two BLADES OF GRASS." (See 7 th S. iv. 24.) The Week- End of 11 January ascribes to either Adam Smith or Bentham the well- known observation of the king in ' Gulliver's Travels ' that he who makes two blades of grass grow where only one grew before is a benefactor of his race. This was, in fact, "chaff" of the platitudes of our king's speeches. T. W. E

AMBERLEY, SUSSEX. I do not know whether the following has ever been communicated to 'N. & Q.' In the chancel of Amberley Church are two memorial tablets : on the left, that of John Hanley, vicar of Amberley- cum-Houghton for forty-five years, who died 20 February, 1840, aged eighty-two years ; on the right, that of George Arthur Clarkson, who was vicar for fifty-seven years, and died 18 July, 1897, aged eighty-two years. So from 1795 until 1897 this parish had only two incumbents. DE V. PAYEN-PAYNE.

" LA BELLE IMPERIA." (See 9 th S. viii. 455.) At this reference your reviewer suggests a source from which Balzac may have taken " La Belle Imperia." It has always seemed to me that he may have been indebted to 'Le Moyen de Parvenir,' section vii. couplet.

F. R. R.

THE SMALLEST CHURCH IN ENGLAND. I see in the daily papers that the Bishop of Carlisle said recently that he believed the church at Wasthead to be the smallest in

England. More than twenty years ago, when I was there, the incumbent said to me, " Here you have the deepest lake Wastwater ; the highest hill Scafell ; and the smallest church Wasthead in England."

GEORGE ANGUS. St. Andrews, N.B.

[See 6 th S. vi. 514; vii. 392, 434, 472; viii. 74.]

COWPER AND THE * TIMES.' In turning over recently some old numbers of the Times I came across, in the issue of 15 June, 1789, an apparently original contribution by Wil- liam Cowper, ' The Queen's Visit to London on the 17th March, 1789,' consisting of nine- teen four-line verses. W. ROBERTS.

47, Lansdowne Gardens, S.W.

WE must request correspondents desiring infor- mation on family matters of only private interest

o affix their names and addresses to their queries,

m order that the answers maybe addressed to them direct.

REV. ANTHONY WARTON, 1657. In 1856 a query was inserted concerning the above. About three years ago you repeated it for me. I have found his will in the P.C.C., 1661. He died at Breamore, Hants, where he went in 1626. How can I prove or disprove his identity with Anthony Wharton, at Lincoln College, Oxford, 1596, aged thirteen, from Lancashire? The Breamore Warton was ordained by the Bishop of London in 1607/8, and I am trying to trace him between that date and 1626. Any clue to the burial- place of his descendant Joseph Warton, R.N., born 1780, at Tun worth, Hants (in the ' Navy List ' up to 1863), will oblige. A. C. H.

A LINE OF BROWNING. In the second verse of the ( Epilogue ' to * Asolando ' there is a passage which seems to run entirely out of connexion with the general train of thought this poem conveys. Will some experienced traveller in Browning kindly enlighten me as to the relation of this line with the pre- ceding ones, and tell me how it fails to contradict those which follow ? Like the aimless, helpless, hopeless, did I drivel- Being who?

L. K.

WILLIAM EDWARDS, OF EGLWYSILAN. Can any one give me a complete list of the bridges built by this Welsh farmer-builder and hissons? The 'Diet. Nat. Biog.' ascribes to William Edwards a bridge over the Taff, three over the Towy, the Usk bridge, Bettws and Llan*