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He described it as "very sweet indeed" (see his Table Talk, May 14, 1833).

Page 61, line 33. Hugh of Lincoln. Hugh was a small Lincoln boy who, tradition states, was tortured to death by the Jews. His dead body being touched by a blind woman, she received sight.

Many years earlier Lamb had spoken of the Jew in English society with equal frankness (see his note to the "Jew of Malta" in the Specimens, Vol. IV. of this edition).

Page 62, line 1. So deadly a disunion. In the London Magazine, "such a mighty antipathy."

Page 62, line 15. B- -. John Braham, née Abraham (1774?1856), the great tenor. Writing to Manning in 1808, Lamb says:—

"Do you like Braham's singing? The little Jew has bewitched me. I follow him like as the boys followed Tom the Piper. He cures me of melancholy as David cured Saul. . . . I was insensible to music till he gave me a new sense. . . Braham's singing, when it is impassioned, is finer than Mrs. Siddons's or Mr. Kemble's acting! and when it is not impassioned it is as good as hearing a person of fine sense talking. The brave little Jew!"

Two years later Lamb tells Manning of Braham's absence from London, adding: “He was a rare composition of the Jew, the gentleman, and the angel; yet all these elements mixed up so kindly in him that you could not tell which preponderated." In this essay Lamb refers to Braham's singing in Handel's oratorio "Israel in Egypt.' Concerning Braham's abandonment of the Jewish faith see Lamb's sarcastic essay "The Religion of Actors," Vol. I., page 287, and notes. Page 62, line 32. Jael. See Judges iv.

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Page 62, line 37. Fuller. Lamb quotes this simile in his Specimens from Fuller's Writings" (Vol. I., page 112). It is to be found in the Holy State, II., Chapter XX., "The Good Sea Captain." Page 62, line 41. I love Quaker ways. See notes to "A Quaker's Meeting," above.

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Desdemona. That I did love the Moor to live with him,

My downright violence and storm of fortunes

May trumpet to the world.

"Othello," Act I., Scene 3, lines 249-251.

Page 63, line 7. According to Evelyn. John Evelyn, the diarist (1620-1706). See his Acetaria: a Discourse of Sallets, referred to by sonnet to Dora Wordsworth (see Vol. V., page 73). "To sit a guest . . ."

Lamb again in his
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Sometimes that with Elijah he partook,
Or as a guest with Daniel at his pulse.

Paradise Regained, II., lines 277-278.

Page 63, third line from foot. A more sacred example. A reference probably to Luke xi. 53, 54. To be adduced. In the London Magazine Lamb wrote: " perhaps to be more than hinted at." Page 64, line 7, Penn. This was on the occasion of the trial of

William Penn and William Mead in 1670, at the Old Bailey, for creating a tumult by preaching in the street. In Sewel's History of the People called Quakers, the dialogue runs: "Well,' said the recorder, 'if I should suffer you to ask questions till to-morrow morning, you would be never the wiser.' 'That is,' said W. Penn, according as the

answers are.'

Page 64, line 10. I was travelling. Lamb did not really take part in this story. It was told him by Sir Anthony Carlisle (17681840), the surgeon, as he confessed to his Quaker friend, Bernard Barton (March 11, 1823), who seemed to miss its point. Lamb described Carlisle as "the best story-teller I ever heard.”

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Compare with this essay Maria Howe's story of "The Witch Aunt," in Mrs. Leicester's School (see Vol. III.), which Lamb had written thirteen years earlier.

Page 65, seventh line from foot. Silly Headborough. The chief of the district. See "The Taming of the Shrew" (Induction, lines 11-14) :—

Hostess. I know my remedy, I must go fetch the head borough.
Sly. Third, or fourth, or fifth borough, I'll answer him by law.

Some editors (in the Globe edition, for example), to lend more point to
Sly's answer, make the Hostess threaten to fetch the "third borough."
Page 65, next line. Prospero. See "The Tempest," Act I., Scene
2, lines 144-148.

Page 65, at foot. In Spenser. See The Faerie Queen, II., Canto VII., Stanza 64.

Page 66, line 8. History of the Bible, by Stackhouse. Thomas Stackhouse (1677-1752) was rector of Boldon, in Durham; his New History of the Holy Bible from the Beginning of the World to the Establishment of Christianity-the work in question-was published in 1737. Page 66, line 9. The pictures.. -one of the ark. See the plate in the Notes to Vol. III. of this edition.

Page 66, line 30. Slain monster in Spenser. See The Faerie Queen, I., Canto XII., Stanza 10-the dragon slain by St. George, the Red Cross Knight.

Page 67, line 22. The Witch raising up Samuel. See the plate on the opposite page.

This paragraph was the third place in which Lamb recorded his terror of this picture of the Witch of Endor in Stackhouse's Bible, but the first occasion in which he took it to himself. In one draft of John Woodvil-not that which was printed (see Vol. V., page 364)— the hero says :—

I can remember when a child the maids

Would place me on their lap, as they undrest me,
As silly women use, and tell me stories

Of Witches-make me read "Glanvil on Witchcraft,
And in conclusion show me in the Bible,

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The old Family Bible, with the pictures in it,
The 'graving of the Witch raising up Samuel,
Which so possest my fancy, being a child,
That nightly in my dreams an old Hag came
And sat upon my pillow.

Then again, in Mrs. Leicester's School, in the story of Maria Howe, called "The Witch Aunt," one of the three stories in that book which Lamb wrote, Stackhouse's Bible is found once more.

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Ghosts, goblins, fiends; my fantasy
Presents a thousand ugly shapes,
Headless bears, black men, and apes.

"The Abstract of Melancholy," prefixed to Burton's Anatomy.

Dear little T. H.

Page 68, line 3. This was the unlucky passage which gave Southey his chief text in his criticism of Elia as a book wanting "a sounder religious feeling," and which led to Lamb's expostulatory "Letter" (see page 329 and Vol. I., page 226). Southey commented thus:

This poor child, instead of being trained up in the way in which he should go, had been bred in the ways of modern philosophy; he had systematically been prevented from knowing anything of that Saviour who said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven;" care had been taken that he should not pray to God, nor lie down at night in reliance upon His good Providence!

T. H. was Thornton Hunt, Leigh Hunt's eldest son and Lamb's "favourite child" (see Vol. V., pages 35 and 300).

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Page 68, line 9. Thick-coming fancies."

Doctor (of Lady Macbeth).

Not so sick, my lord,

As she is troubled with thick-coming fancies.
"Macbeth," Act V., Scene 3, lines 37, 38.

Page 68, line 13. Gorgons, and Hydras

See Paradise Lost,

II., line 628. Celano and the Harpies. See Virgil's Æneid, III. Page 68, line 19. Names, whose sense

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Epithalamium, lines 343-344.

From Spenser's

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Page 68, line 29. "Like one that on a lonesome road The Ancient Mariner, Part VI.

Page 69, line 14. Inner eye. The words were placed within quotation marks in the London Magazine-possibly as a delicate association of the passage with Wordsworth-"the inward eye which is the bliss of solitude"-and the Lambs' visit to his Westmoreland Fells (though he was absent) in 1802.

Page 69, line 20. "Where Alph, the sacred river, runs." From Coleridge's "Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream."

Page 69, line 21. Barry Cornwall. Bryan Waller Procter (1787-1874), Lamb's friend. The reference is to "A Dream," a poem in Barry Cornwall's Dramatic Scenes, 1819, which Lamb greatly admired. See his sonnet to the poet in Vol. V., page 57, where it is mentioned again. "A Dream" began thus:

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