Notes on the text
These notes, by Peter Havholm, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Many Inventions, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
Hi-ho-hi-ho, are you mos’ done?[Page 243, line 29] Ye Towers o’ Julia . . . . this verse is made up from three different sources. Lines 1 and 2 are from “the Bard”, Part 2, third stanza, by Thomas Gray (1716–1771), referring to the Tower of London:
To cl’ar de track let the bulgine run,
With Liza Lee all on my knee,
To cl’ar de track let the bulgine run.
Ye towers of Julius, London’s lasting shame,The third line is correctly taken from “Prothalamion”, by Edmund Spenser (1553-1599), the refrain of the poem written in honour of the Ladies Elizabeth and Katharine Somerset. The fourth line is a muddle, but obviously from the first, second and third lines of the third verse of Bishop Thomas Ken’s (1637–1711) evening hymn "Glory to Thee, My God, this Night" (Hymns Ancient & Modern 23):
With many a foul and midnight murder fed.
Teach me to live that I may dread[Page 244, line 5] cautious self-control these lines are from Robert Burns’ “A Bard’s Epitaph”:
The grave as little as my bed.
Know prudent, cautious self-controlDaniel Karlin points out that Burns also says of the dead bard that
Is wisdom’s root
thoughtless follies laid him low,[Page 244, lines 16-17] if your sin do not find you out . . . . there is some confusion between two Old Testament passages, 'Be sure your sin will find out' (Numbers 32,23) and 'Let me be delivered out of deep waters' (Psalms 69,14), or perhaps 'Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have ... drunk of deep waters' (Ezekiel 34,18).
And stain’d his name.
“In de morning, in de morning by de bright light,[Page 248, line 9] St. Clement Dane’s was nearly destroyed by bombs during World War II. It is the more easterly of the two churches in the centre of the Strand. The old church had escaped the Great Fire of 1666 but was taken down some years later and rebuilt to designs by Sir Christopher Wren. Doctor Samuel Johnson (1709–1784) was a regular and devout worshipper here. He occupied a pew in the north gallery. A statue to him still stands just outside the church (2007). Appropriately, he is reading as he walks. St. Clement Dane’s was gutted by German incendiary bombs, leaving only the walls and steeple, in May 1941. It was adopted by the Royal Air Force in 1956 and reconsecrated in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1958 as the central church of the Royal Air Force.
When Gabriel blows his trumpet in de morning”.
Has a watch and chain of course.[Page 248, line 32] sit on . . . head and cut the traces the old remedy for a fallen draught horse.
If you want to know the time
Ask a P’liceman.
A horse-drawn vehicle would have to be summoned and would in any case have difficulty negotiating th narrow streets of the City of London. Pedestrian ambulances resembling large wheelbarrows were therefore stored at a number of locations in the City. This one has a canvas cover which keeps the body out of sight.[Page 251, lines 23, 24] Adelphi ... my own country to the west of the Adelphi theatre is Villiers Street, hard by Charing Cross Station, where Kipling lived from 1889 to 1891. He probably wrote this story at that address. In May 2007, Evita was playing at the present Adelphi Theatre, which is on the north side of the Strand and in sight of Villiers Street.