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Carpentier cites a passage from the romance De Troyes, in
which a' chamber of alabaster is mentioned. SUPPL. LAT,
Gloss. Du Cange, tom. i. p. 136.

En celle chambre n'oit noienz,
De chaux, d'areine, de cimenz,
Enduit, ni moillerons, ni emplaistre,

Tot entiere fut alambastre.
Pag. 175. ADD to Not. “ The etymologists have been
puzzled to find the derivation of an oriel-window.' A leárned
correspondent suggests, that Oriel is Hebrew for Lux mea, or
Dominus illuminatio mea.

Pag. 180. "to Not. . ADD, “ Cloath of Rennes seems to have been the finest sort of linen.' In the old manuļcript MYSTERY, or religious comedy, of MARY MAGDALENE, written in 1512, a GALANT, one of the retainers to the groupe of the Seven Deadly Sins, is introduced with the 'following speech.

Hof, Hof, Hof, a frysch new galaunt !
Ware of thryft, ley that a doune :. :
What mene ye, fyrrys, that I were a marchaunt,
Because that I am new com to toun?

wold I fayne round,
I have a fert of reyns with leves peneaunt,
A lase of fylke for my lady Constant-

I woll, or even, be shaven for to ferne yong, &c.
So also in Skelton's MAGNIFICENCE, a Morality written much
about the fame time. f. xx. b.

Your skynne, that was wrapped in fhertes of raynes,
Nowe must be storm-ybeten.

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Pag. 186. Not. ". READ “ Ne wist."
Pag. 190. Not. col. 1. lin. 7. After « Robert,” ADD “The


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French prose romance of RoberT LE DIABLE, printed in 1996,
is extant in the little collection, of two volumes, called BIBLIO-
Theque Bleue. It has been translated into other languages :
among the rest into English. The English version was printed by:
Wynkyn de Worde. The title of one of the chapters is, How
god fent an aungell to the bermyte to dhewe him the penaunce that.
be fbolde gyve' to Robert for his synnes.—“ Yf that Robert wyll
“ be shryven of his fynnes, he must kepe and counterfeite the
wayes of a fole and be as he were dombe, &c.” It ends thus,

Thus endeth the lyfe of Robert the devyll
That was the fervaunte of our lorde
And of his condycyons that was full evyll

Emprinted in London by Wynkyn de Worde.
The volume has this colophon. “ Here endeth the lyfe of
" the mooft ferefullest and unmercyfullest and myschevous
« Robert the devill which was afterwards called the servaunt
“ of our Lorde Jhesu Cryste. Emprinted in Fletestrete in [at]
“ the fygne of the fonne, by Wynkyn de Worde." There is
an old English MORALITY on this tale, under the very corrupt
title of ROBERT CICYLL, which was represented at the High-
Cross in Chester, in 1529. There is a manufcript.copy of
the poem, on vellum, in Trinity college library at . Oxford,
MSS, Num. Lyil. fol.

Pag. 197. to 1. 15. Add this Note, “ I know not if by fire Jovýn he means Jupiter, or the Roman emperour called Jovinian, against whom saint. Jerom wrote, and whose history is in the GESTA ROMANORUM, c. 59. He is mentioned by Chaucer as an example of pride, luxury, and lust. Somp. T.

7511. Verdier (in V:) recites a Moralite: 'on Jovinian, with niñeteen characters, printed at Lyons, from an aptient copy in 1981, 8. With the title L Orgueil et presomption de l'Empereur JoviNIAN. But fovyn being mentioned here with Platoun and Apollin, seems to mean: Jove or Jupiter ; and the appellation, 'SIRE, perhaps implies father, or chief, of the heathen gods.

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Pag. 200. to the Note ADD, “ Margaret countess of Richmond was a justice of peace.”

Pag. 208. to Not. '. ADD “ I make no apology for adding here an account of the furniture of a Closet at the old royal palace of Greenwich, in the reign of Henry the eighth ; as it throws light on our general subject, by giving a lively picture of the fashions, arts, amusements, and modes of life, which then prevailed. From the same manuscript in the British Museum. « A clocke. A glasse of steele. Four battell axes of « wood. Two quivers with arrowes. A painted table, [i. e.

a picture.] A payre of ballance [balances), with waights. “ A case of tynne with a plot. In the window (a large bow

window], a rounde mapp, A standinge glasse of steele in ship. — A branche of flowres wrought upon wyre. Two

payre of playing tables of bone. A payre of chesmen in a “ case of black lether. Two birds of Araby.

Two birds of Araby. A gonne [gun) upon a stocke wheeled. Five paxes (crucifixes] of glasse and « woode. A tablet of our ladie and faint Anne. A standinge

glasse with imagery made of bone. Three payre of hawkes

gloves, with two lined with velvett. Three combe-cases of “ bone furnished. A night-cappe of blacke velvett embraw“ dered. Sampson made in alablaster. A “ horne. Littel boxes in a case of woode, Four littel coffres “ for jewels. A horne of ivorie, A standinge diall in a case of copper. A horne-glafle. Eight cases of trenchers. Forty “ four dogs collars, of fondrye makynge. Seven lyans of silke. « A purse of crymson fatten for a . embrawdered with

golde. A round painted table with th' ymage of a kinge. A “ foldinge table of images. One payre of bedes [beads] of

jasper garnyshed with lether. One hundred and thirty eight « hawkes hoodes. A globe of paper.


made lyke a “ scryne. Two green boxes with wrought corall in them. “ Two boxes covered with blacke velvett. A reede tipt at “ both ends with golde, and bolts for a turony bowe'. A y Perhaps Tyrone in Ireland.

& chaire

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“ chaire of joyned worke. An elle of synnamounde (cinna

mon) sticke tipt with fylver. Three ridinge roddes for ladies, “ and a yard (rod) of blake tipt with horne. Six walkyng “ staves, one covered with silke and golde. A blake satten-bag “ with chesmen. A table with a cloth [a picture) of saint “ George embrawdered. A case of fyne carved work. A “ box with a bird of Araby. Two long cases of blacke lether “ with pedegrees. A case of Irish arrows. A table, with “ wordes, of Jhesus. A target. Twenty-nine bowes.” MSS. Harl. 1419. fol. 58. In the GALLERY at Greenwich, mention is made of Mappe of England.” Ibid. fol. 58. And in Westminster-palace “a

a Mappe of Hantshire.” fol. 133. A proof that the topography of England was now studied. Among various HEADS of Furniture, or stores, at the castle of Windsor, such as HORNS, GYRDELLES, HAWKES Hoods, WEAPONS, BUCKLERS, Dogs COLLARS, and Aiglettes, WALKINGSTAVES are specified. Under this last HEAD we have, “A “ Cane garnished with fylver and gilte, with astronomie upon “ it. A Cane garnished with golde havinge a perfume in the

toppe, undre that a diall, with a paire of twitchers, and a

paire of compasses of golde and a foote reule of golde, a “ knife and the file, th' afte [the handle of the knife) of golde “ with a whetstone tipped with golde, &c.” fol. 407.

Ibid. Notes, col. 1. To l. 25. ADD“ It is in this romance of Syr Bevys, that the knight passes over à bridge, the arches of which are hung round with small bells. Signat. Eiv. This is an oriental idea. In the ALCORAN it is said, that one of the felicities in Mahomet’s paradise, will be to listen to the ravishing music of an infinite number of bells, hanging on the trees, which will be put in motion by the wind proceeding from the throne of God. Sale's KORAN, Prelim. Disc. p. 100. In the enchanted horn, as we shall see hereafter, in le Lai du Corn, the rim of the horn is hung round with a hundred bells of a most musical found.

Pag. 219. Refer Not.", to ilome in the text.


Pag. 220. to 1. 18. Add this Note. In the Lincoln's-inn manuscript it is,

Divers is this myddel erde. Hospit. Linc. MSS. N. 150.

Pag. 221. Not. '. READ " Aurifrigium."

Ibid. Not. col. 1. 1. 2, For “ Ethiope,” READ “ Europe.” So MS. Hospit. Linc.

Pag. 232. Not. 8. 1. antep. READ “ Hubert.” [See Leland. Script. Brit. p. 228. And a Note in the editor's first Index, under GulieLMUS DE Canno.]

Pag. 248. 1. 8. READ “ canonical.”
Pag. 255. Not. '. READ “ 238.”

Pag. 265. To 1. 11. Add this Note, “ Much about the same period, Lawrence Minot, not mentioned by Tanner, wrote a collection of poems on the principal events of the reign of king Edward the third, preserved in the British Museum. MSS. Cotton. GALB. E. ix.

Pag. 276. Not. ". READ “ 360."
Pag. 277. Add to Not. ?. “ Or, Cousin.”
Pag. 278. Add to Not.'. " See below, p. 300."

Pag. 279. 1. 18. To the word “ Wy" ADD this Note. “ Wy is probably Weyhill in Hampshire, where a famous fair still fubfifts.

Pag. 289. Not. 4. READ “ Austins.”
Pag. 292. For John,” READ “. Thomas.”
Pag. 298. Not. READ “ p. 40."

Ibid. Dele Not. '. And SUBSTITUTE · Robartes men, or Roberdsmen, were a set of lawless vagabonds, notorious for their outrages when Pierce PŁOWMAN was written, that is, about the year 1350.

The statute of Edward the third [an. reg. 5. c. xiv.] specifies “ divers manslaughters, felonies, and “ robberies, done by people that be called Roberdesmen, Waf

tours, and drawlatches." And the statute of Richard the second [ an. reg. 7. c., v. ] ordains, that the statute of king


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