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LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 1903. comparatively small matters, which may
safely be left to the judicious reader.
When we come to the ballad Clerk
Bibliography of Dibdin, 2-Tennyson's Lord of Bur-
that the “girdle round the middle jimp" of
crowns fifteen. To this Lewis or his repre-
sentative appends the startling note, “Jimps,
due not so much to hopeless ignorance as
a lady exclaims :-
And wha will lace my middle jimp
Wi' a lang linen band?
| The natural inference of a mere man from
lacing was a portion of wearing apparel, and
It is probably similar lyrical bewilderment
that presently makes Clerk Colvin exclaim,
“Ohan ! and alas !" in the text, and explains
pædia Britannica'-Hassall's Stubbs's Historical Intro-
credibly informed that things with him “will
ever be wae," and the annotator carefully
commendable courage and some promise of
improvement. But immediately afterwards
he lapses wofully. Clerk Colvin, conscious
now dree his weird, rides crestfallen to get
final solace from his mother :-
And dowie, dowie on he rides,
Till he has reached Dunallan's towers,
And there his mother dear resides.