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citias immortales; praesertim quum mass of materials maturely arranged, P. A.

which would shed a flood of light upon “Mecum teneatur amore" more than one passage of the inimitable Hymni sublimis, docti, cunctisque probandi. (and some people may think inter

Still it is rather hard upon esto, minable) subject -- Te Deum latito make it not only serve for both camus. Latin and Greek in one mood, but do « Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui double duty too in Greek, in order to Sancto sicut erat in principio (:) et nunc let éin sit quiet in the enjoyment of a et semper et in saecula saeculorum. snug sinecure. If I had a sinecure to Amen." make me sine curâ with regard to the “Glory be to the Father and to the expense of printing and publishing a Son and to the Holy Ghost as it was in the small volume; or if some wealthy P.A. beginning (:) both now and ever and world or Ep. (rather E. P.-enterprising

without end. Amen." publisher) would lend a hand, I have a

Yours &c. E. THOMSON,

ON TIMBER HOUSES, No. IV.

(With a Plate of an old House at Exeter.) AFTER a greater interyal of time than we could have wished, we resume the series of Plates * of ancient Timber Houses, derived from the drawings made many years ago by our excellent friend Mr. John Adey Repton, F.S.A., and which, though at one time offered to the Society of Antiquaries and actually placed in the hands of their engraver, were by some unfortunate accidents obstructed in their road to publication. We have also to acknowledge that Mr. Repton has kindly favoured us with his manuscript collections on this subject, of which we hope to avail ourselves further hereafter. At present we can do little more than refer to the general remarks which accompanied our former Plates, in particulaur to those in our Vagazine for April 1842, relative to the projection of the upper stories of old timber houses, and the means adopted for their support.

The example now given t is of considerably later date than those we previously published ; indeed, it is perhaps incorrect to have termed it an Elizabethan house, as it may have been erected in the reign of James, or even Charles the First, but it has some of the characteristics of the former period in the projecting bow, increasing in size in the second story. It may be compared with the house of Sir Paul Pindar in Bishopsgate-street, which was built in the reign of James I. according to the date 1611, formerly over the gateway, but no longer remaining. But these projecting bows may also be found of an earlier date, as in the palace of Kuole, built about the reign of Henry VII. or VIII. In the present house the ornamental brackets are a striking feature.

Mr. Repton remarks that Brackets may be considered of great utility in the construction of timber buildings, in order to keep the upright timbers with the beams and joists in their places. In many cases where brackets have been omitted, the ends of the joists have been found to bend down, and the walls in the upper stories to lean forward beyond the perpendicular line.

"In buildings erected before the Reformation, figures of saints or angels bearing shields were often represented in the brackets. When the Italian architecture was introduced into England, the sculpture consisted chiefly of monsters, satyrs, &c. and afterwards from the fanciful designs of consoles to the regular scrolls with a leaf of the acanthus."

• See No. I. House at Sudbury, in Gent. Mag. Aug. 1841; No. II. House at Coventry, April 1842; No. II. Walter Coney's House at Lyon in March 1843.

† Should this house be still in existence, our friends at Exeter will perhaps bare the kindness to inform us. We must apprise them that indulgence must be granted to the imaginary street in the back-ground, as well as to the side-scene, for Mr. Repton's drawing was only an architectural elevation.

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RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW. Musa Subsecivæ, seu Poetica Stromata. Autore J. D. (Jacobo Duport),

Cantabrigiensi. Cant. 1676. THIS volume of Latin poetry is by the celebrated Duport, Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge, and it is dedicated to the Duke of Monmouth, then Chancellor of the University. He was the learned son of a learned father, Dr. John Duport, Master of Jesus College. He was appointed Dean of Peterborough, and, in 1688, elected Master of Magdalen College. He was tutor to Isaac Barrow and to Ray. It has been said of him that he appears to have been the main instrument by which literature was upheld during the seventeenth century, and he enjoyed a transcendant reputation among his contemporaries, as well as in the generation that succeeded. If he is at all remembered now, it is in conjunction with his “Gnomologia Homeri," which received the praise of the late learned Dr. Rennell, in a note to one of his sermons, where it is highly recommended. Saxius, in his Onomaticon Literarium, mentions him, and says, “ de Homero bene meruit," and refers for an account of him to the following works :-Konigii Bibl. Vet. et Nov. voc. Duport; Morhofii Polyh. Liter. in several places; and to Jo. Fabricii Hist. Bibl. part vi. p. 262,-books no doubt to be found in every clergyman's library. His great work, the Gnomologia, is commenced by an affectionate dedication to four of his pupils-Edward Cecil, John Knatchbull, Henry Puckering alias Newton, and Francis Willoughby, “pupillis nuper suis longè charissimis, nunc vero amicis plurimum honorandis.

Duport appears to have died in 1660. The learned Professor's poems are sliort, and a great proportion addressed to his learned friends and pupils; indeed he turned into Latin verse many of the events of the day, and, having a facility in composing in Latin and Greek, his work did not stand in need of any further inspiration. We make a few extracts from the titles, occasionally giving a short specimen of the poetry.

P. 8. “ In Benjaminum Jonsonum, Poetam Laureatum, et Dramaticorum sui seculi facilè Principem.” The praise is overflowing, and from the heart.

Si Lyricus, tu jam Flaccus; si Comicus, alter
Plautus es ingenio, tersivè Terentius oris

Anglicus, aut, Græcos si fortè imitere, Menander, &c. P. 15. On actresses, “ In Roscias nostras, seu Histriones Feminas." These female actors were then new on the stage, female parts having previously been acted by boys.

Virtutis at nunc cùm color exulat,
Et femininum depuduit genus,
Viris remistus sexus alter

Occupat en hodiè theatrum.
P. 16. On the Cottonian Library, “Domui Parliamentariæ propè adjacentem."

Tres ergo, Amice, Bibliothecæ sunt tibi,
Magnam unam amoeno rusticantem in prædio,
Majorem in Urbe stantem habes hanc alteram
Cottonianam, et toto orbe cognitam,
Tu tecum et, Erudite, circumfers simul,

Cottone, tertiam ambulantem maximam. P. 53. On the death of the scholar and poet Caspar Barlæns, “ In miserandum interitum Casparis Barlæi Poetæ celeberrimi."

Castaliis dudum qui sese immerserat undis,

Fonte Caballino prolueratque labra,
Heu miser in puteum (casúne an sponte ?) profundum

Labitur, angustas et perit inter aquas.
Ut Verum, fundo nunc ecce Poesis in imo,

Et, Barlæe, jaces, et jacet ingenium.

Se merere taea : quem foas absorpsit aquarum,

Te fons issaram brape perire vetat. P. 67. * In infam-milimet faucun Sirrim, Vienlaum Sanderum, qui i- ara's. 2R 7.1 E-m a! 15LY»Im Anglicanam vocare non

alAzainst t re i Paris: D ort directel his beaviest and keenest shatts faire avi wit

Tine laşım az , Saame infuris, Elisam.

At non fine estrut is tons.

P. 73. On some contemporary Latin poeis especially Caspar Barlæus. The English commemoratei are,

Rande! Aus pucet, imm. Cewirusque,

Cartritugue, ainque fursan Angu. He also praices Grotius. He'nsius, Casiznir Sarbierus, and Baptista Masculus,

Bini Scaligeri. V ruisque noster,

Necnon et Vida, Dousa, Buchananas. But these are but as satellites revolving round the brilliant central orb of the Dutchman Caspar Barães in who praise the poem is written, and whose poetical genius Duport apar in a particular manner to have admired.

At vero ante alias mibi et fatebor)

Tu, Barlæe, places, diserte Vates. And then the old Professeur en is with what he and the old scholars dearly loved, a joke in Latin.

Ad gustum faciunt meum, gulamque,
( Bariæe, tuæ dapesque mensæ:
Et nomen sonet hordeum licebit,

At sunt triticer tuæ (amænæ. P. 101. To Isaac Walton. "A Virum optimum, et Piscatorem peritissimum, Ivascum Waltonum,“ to whom a second copy is addressed at p. 118. The doctor appears to have relished the Thames gudgeons, if we may judge from his ver-rs;

Medicam ve fincas, pobin aut escá tradis,

Gratum palato dan, fårrum licet. but he justly vilipenis the bearbeid. Vor does he overlook Walton's biogragraphical labours ot love.

Dam tu profundum scribis Hookertom, et pium
Donnum ac disertum, sanctum et Herbertum, sacrum
Vatem : bos videmus nam penicillo tuo

Graphice, et perità, Isace, depictos manu. In the second copy he reminds Walton that his noble art of angling was practised by the Apostle St. Peter to pay the tribute to the state.

lsace, warte bac arte piscatoriâ,

Hae art Petrus principi ceosum dedit. P. 110. To Margaret, mother of Henry the Seventh, whom he praises as being the founder o cwo colleges and two professorships. Gray's Ode, howpver, did not turn the pivot of wit-ot Margareta and Margarita.

P. 170. There w Twouls Rustat, who, we think, was page to Charles the
Herond, and busekeeper at Hampton Court; whom he calls “ Utriusque
Argilemiz Viz*****em muniticum."
1.171 On Walton's Polyglott; p. 179, on Rader's edition of Martial;

one to Justus Lipsius.
''10. To Sir Thomas Brown, on his Religio Medici.

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