An old kingdom in the island of Java, in the & Indies. It included the present provinces of Batavia, Buitenzorg, Krawang, and Praenger. Burton, A. M. iii. 2, 2, 3, says of a woman: "If he be rich, he is the man; she will go to J, or Tidore with him."
A monastery of Jacobin monks in Seville In Tuke's Five Hours ii. 1, Don Antonio says, "Is not this the market-place, behind the J.?"
A block of reddish-gray sandstone 26 inches long, 16 wide, and 11 thick fixed
under the seat of the Coronation Chair in the Chapel of Edward the Confessor at
Westminster Abbey. It was brought from Scotland by Edward I in 1297, where it
had been used for centuries at the Abbey of Scone in the coronation of the Kings
of Scotland. It was believed to be the stone on which Jacob slept at Bethel, and
which he subsequently set up as a sacred pillar (see Gen. xxviii. 18). In T. Heywood's
Royal King i. 1, the Prince says,
"If I ever live to sit on Jacob's stone thy love shall with my crown be hereditary."
(= the ancient JAXARTES, now SYRDAM, or YELLOW RIVER). A river flowing through
N. Turkestan into the Sea of Aral. Samarcand is not actually on the Syr-Daria,
but is not far from its head-waters. In Marlowe's Tamb.
B. iv. 2. Tamburlaine upbraids Samarcand with the cowardice of his son Calyphas,
and speaks of him as a "shame of nature which J. streams, Embracing thee with
deepest of his love, Can never wash from thy distained brows."
JAGO'S (ST.) CHURCH
A ch. in Cordova. In Davenant's Distresses
iv., Orgemon says, "The house which fronts upon J. Ch. is the only place to which
he doth design his visits."
(i.e. GERMANY). In M. W. W.
iv. 5, 89, Caius says, "It is tell-a me dat you make grand preparation for a D.
An anglicised form of St. Jacob, a small village in Switzerland, on the Birs,
close to Basle, where the French, with 32,000 men, were held in check for 10 hours
by 1,600 Swiss. This was in 1444, and laid the foundation of the reputation of
the Swiss for valour. A cross outside the gates of Basle still marks the site
of the battle. In Chapman's D'Olive
iv. 2, 112, D'Olive says that after his famous embassy "Agincourt battle, St.
J. his field, the loss of Calais, and the winning of Cales, shall grow out of
use; men shall reckon their years . . . from the day of our ambassage."
Or SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELLA. A City in Galicia in.W. Spain, 300 m. N.W. of Madrid, near the coast. It contained the shrine of the apostle J. the Great, the brother of John, who was put to death by Herod (Acts Xii. 2). The legend, confusing him with J., the brother of our Lord and 1st Bp. of Jerusalem, related that he visited Spain, then returned to Jerusalem, and was thrown from the battlements of the Temple by the Jews. His body was conveyed to Spain, and was discovered at Santiago by the indication of a star. Hence the name Compostella, plain of the Star. A shrine was forthwith built in 835, but was destroyed in 997 by the Moors. The saint's body was, however, respected, and the present cathedral was erected to contain it 10781188. It became one of the most popular places of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, the pilgrim's sign being a scallop shell, and St. J. was recognized as the Patron Saint of Spain. Langland, in Piers B. Prol. 47, tells of palmers and pilgrims who plighted them together to "seke seynt Iames"; and Chaucer's Wife of Bath had been "in Galice at Seint Jame" (C. T. A. 466). In Elynour Ramming, we are told of drunken Ales who "was full of tales Of tidings in Wales And St. Iames in Gates." The Milky Way was called "the Way to St. J.": the numerous stars representing the pilgrims. Montaigne (Florin's Trans. 1603) ii. 15, says that "Those of Mares d'Ancona . . . go on pilgrimage rather unto J. in Galicia "than to their own Lady of Loreto. See SANTIAGO and COMPOSTELLA.
JAMES (ST.), CHURCH OF
There were churches dedicated to St. J. in Lond. during our period, in Clerkenwell, N. of the Green, originally the choir of a Benedictine nunnery founded about 1100the present building dates from 1788; in Garlick-hithe, built in 1606, destroyed in the Fire, and rebuilt by Wren; and in Duke's Place, Aldgate, built on the site of the conventual ch. of the Holy Trinity in 1622 and pulled down in 1874. In Reasons in a Hollow Tree, we are told of "an old man that died in the parish of St. J., near Duke's Pl., within Aldgate," whose funeral sermon was of commendable brevity: "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust; Here's the hole and in thou must." St. J. Clerkenwell had a lofty spire, which fell down in 1623 after having stood for 500 years. In Pasquil's Palinodia (1619), it is said of the Strand Maypole: "It No city, town, nor street can parallel, Nor can the lofty spire of Clerkenwell."
JAMES (SAINT) FAIR
Was held annually in Westminster on St. J.'s Day, 25th July. In Deloney's Craft,
it is said of the Green King of St. Martin's: "St. J. his day at last being come,
he called up his wife betimes, and bad her make ready, if she would to the Fair,"
but he dragged her all the way to Bristol, where there was also a Fair on St.
J.'s day. In Cowley's Cutter [a.k.a. Guardian]
v. 1, Will says that the cook "looked like the ox that's roasted whole in
St. J. 's Fair."
JAMES (SAINT) PALACE
A royal palace in Lond., at the W. end of the Mall, facing St. J.'s Park. It was
originally a hospital for lepers dedicated to St. J. It was taken possession of
by Henry VIII in 1528 and turned into a Palace. The brick gate-house facing St.
J. 's St. and part of the Chapel date from this time. It was improved and fitted
up in 1620 for the Infanta of Spain, who was to have married Prince Charles. Here
Q. Mary died and Charles II was born. Charles I walked from St. J.'s to Whitehall
on the morning of his execution. Though it is no longer a royal residence, the
official title of the English Court is "our Court of St. J.'s." The mustering
of the Guards in the Colour Court at 11 every morning is still one of the minor
sights of Lond. In Middleton's Tennis, the characters in the Induction are the
palaces of Richmond, St. J: s, and Denmark House. St. J speaks of "my new gallery
and tennis-court": which Richmond depreciates as being built of brick. The reference
is to the improvements made in 161920 for the Infanta. In St. Hilary's Tears
(1642), we read: "If the Prince were but at St. J.'s, there would be something
done." In T. Heywood's I.K.M. B.
343, the Q. says, "Dismiss our camp, and tread a royal march Toward St. J.'s."
JAMES'S (ST.) PARK
A park in Lond., of abt. 60 acres, lying opposite St. J. Palace, between The Mall
and Birdcage Walk. Facing the W. end of it is Buckingham Palace; on the E. are
the Horse Guards, the Admiralty, and the Treasury. It was formed and walled in
by Henry VIII, and greatly improved by Charles II. In Jonson's Gipsies, one of
them speaks of "The parks and chases And the finer walled places, As St. J., Greenwich,
Theobalds." In Dekker's Babylon,
p. 260, Paridel says of Titania (Elizabeth): "Not an arrow be shot at her until
we take our aim in S. Iagoes Park." Paridel is William Parry, who was believed
to have plotted the assassination of Elizabeth in 1584: S. Iago's Park is obviously
St. J. Park. Deloney, in Newberie vi., tells how the clothiers presented their
petition to Henry VIII, "His Majesty walking in St. James, his Park." In verses
prefixed to Coryat's Crudities (1611), Peacham mentions amongst the Sights of
Lond. "St. James his Ginney Hens, the Cassawarway moreover." These birds were
kept in the aviary, which gave its name to Birdcage Walk. He goes on: "The Beaver
i' the Park (strange beast as e'er any man saw)": these beavers were kept in the
ornamental water of the Park.
A town in Virginia, U.S.A., on the James River, 8 m. S.W. of Williamsburg. Here
in 1608 the first English settlement in N. America was made, and it remained the
seat of government until 1798. It has now altogether disappeared, save for a few
ruined buildings. In Cockayne's Obstinate
ii. 1, Lorece, in his ridiculous story of his alleged travel, says, "I came
at last to Virginia. In conclusion, at James Town Port I took horse and the next
morning arrived in Wales."
JANUS, TEMPLE OF
At Rome, on the N.E. side of the Forum Romanum, in front of the Curia Hostilia.
It was said to have been built by Numa. The gates of the Temple were opened when
war was declared, and continued open as long as it lasted. They were only 4 times
closed from the time of Numa to the birth of Christ, 2 of these dates being in
the reign of Augustus. J. was the God of beginnings, or openings: his festival
was on 1st January, which bears his name. He was represented with 2 faces, one
looking backward and the other forward. Chaucer, in C. T. F. 1252, describing
the winter, says, "J. sit by the fyr with double berd And drinketh of his bugle
horn the wyn." In Marlowe's Tamb. B.
ii. 4, Tamburlaine says, Behold me . . . Breaking my steeled lance with which
I burst The rusty beams of J.'s temple-doors, Letting out Death, and tyrannizing
War To march with me." In Massinger's Maid
Hon. i. 1, Adorni says of Bertoldo: "In his looks he seems To break ope J.'s
Temple." In Webster's A. & Virginia
i. 4, Virginius cries: "Let J.'s temple be devolved," i.e. thrown open.
In Jonson's Poetaster iii. 1, Crispinus
says that Rhadamanthus "dwells at the Three Furies, by J.'s temple." To which
Horace replies, "Your pothecary does, Sir."
The large group of islands off the E. coast of Asia. They became known to Europe
about the middle of the 16th cent. through the voyages of the Portuguese, one
of whom, Antonio Mota, landed there in 1542. Xavier visited J. in 1549, and inaugurated
a Christian Mission. Heylyn, in 1621, says that there were 200 Jesuit missionaries
there. There were many collisions between the Government and the native Christians,
which culminated in the great persecution 16141637. This may be the point
of the following passage, written in 1607. In Barnes' Charter
v. 1, Baglioni says, "This basilisk hath been often mounted where there hath been
hot and dangerous service in the Ile of J." The remaining references show that
J. was regarded as a very remote place. In Davenant's Love
ii. 3, Frivolo says, "We are forgot, like creatures of J., Things hardly to
be searched for in the map." In Davenport's Nightcap
iv. 2, Lodovico, being asked what sort of a wife he would choose, if he were
still unmarried, says, "Were I to choose then, as I would I were, So this [my
present wife] were at J., I would wish a wife": of whom the description follows.
In Tomkis' Albumazar i. 5, Albumazar
has, amongst other marvellous things, made an almanack "for the meridian and height
of J." In Milkmaids i. 3, Ranoff
says, "I would your Lordship had been with me at Japon; I protest they are the
best riders." Burton, A. M. i. 2, 4, 6, says, "in Japonia it is a common thing
to stifle their children, if they be poor." In iii. 2, 3, he says of lovers: "Another
will take a journey to J . . . if she say it." In Jonson's Staple
iii. 2, one of the Customers inquires, "Ha' you . . . any miracle Done in
J. by the Jesuits, or in China?" In. Marston's Mountebanks, the Mountebank says,
"If any be troubled with the Tentigo, let him travel to J."
JAQUES, SAINT (1)
(or ST. JAQUES LE GRAND, i.e. JAMES THE APOSTLE). The brother of John,
as distinguished from James the Less. In the following passage the ch. referred
to is probably San Jacopo Soprano, in Florence. It stands on the W. side of the
Arno, in the Borgo San Jacopo, between the Ponte Vecchio and the Ponte San Trinita.
The ch. dates from the 11th cent. There is another San Jacopo in Florence, on
the W side of the Via Faenza, between Via San Antonio and Via Nazionale, of the
12th cent. In All's iii. 4, 4; iii.
5, 37, 98; iv. 3, 58, we learn that Helena has come to Florence on a pilgrimage
to St. J. le Grand, or great St. J.
JAQUES, SAINT (2)
A nunnery in Malta. In Marlowe's Jew iii.
3, Abigail sends Ithamore to "the new-made nunnery," and bids him "inquire For
any of the Friars of St. Jaques."
One of the gates of Cordova. In Davenant's Distresses
iii. i. Androlio asks: "Which way went he?" And the servant replies, "Through
See GERARD'S HALL.
According to Gen. x. 2, 4, J. was the son of Japhet and father of Elisha, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim, i.e. of the AEolians (?) Spaniards, and Rhodians. It is the same word as Ionian, and was used by the Assyrians, Egyptians, and Hebrews for the peoples of the western Mediterranean coasts, including the AEgean Islands. Milton, P. L. i. 508, speaks of Saturn and Jove as "The Ionian godsof J. 's issue held Gods." In S. A. 716, the Chorus says that Dalila "comes this way sailing Like a stately ship Of Tarsus, bound for the isles Of J. or Gadire."
The original inhabitants of Jerusalem, from whom David took the city (II Samuel
v. 6). Hence the word was used to signify an enemy of the people of God. The Jews
called the Gentiles J.; the Protestants conferred the same name on the Romanists,
especially the Jesuits; and it was used generally as a term of abuse. In Marlowe's
Jew ii. 3, Barabas calls Lodowick, who
has fallen in love with his daughter, "This offspring of Cain, this Jebusite,
That never tasted of the Passover." Purchas, in his Pilgrimage (1614) 18, calls
the Jesuits "that Jebusitical society." In Jack
Drum i. 156, Drum says of Mammon, the usurer: "Let the Jebusite depart in
peace." In Chivalry C. 1, Bowyer says, "And I lie, call me Jebusite." Latimer,
in sermon on Lord's Prayer vii., says, "We should fight against the Js. that are
within us," i.e. our sins.
A town in Palestine, near the Jordan, some 18 m. E. of Jerusalem. It was taken
and destroyed by Joshua, but rebuilt in the time of Ahab. In Greene and Lodge's
Looking Glass v. 1, 1878, when Jonah
preaches in Nineveh, Adam says, "'Tis one goodman Jonas that is come from J."
In Milton, P. R. ii. 20, the disciples go to seek for Jesus "in J., The city of
palms." In II Sam. x. 5, we are told that David sent his messengers, who had been
maltreated by the Ammonites, to J., to tarry there till their beards were grown.
Hence came the phrase to go to J., meaning to go into retirement for a time. T.
Heywood, in Hierarchie B. iv, says, "Bid such young boys to stay in J. Until their
beards were grown, their wits more staid." In Look
about xiii., when the porter asks Gloster, who has been sent to prison, "Whither
must you now?" he replies, with a stammer, "To je-je-richo, I think; 'tis such
a h-h-humorous Earl." In Jonson's Tub
ii. 1, Hilts, ordered to go to St. Pancras, says, "An you say the word, send
me to J." In Apius 788, Haphazard
says, "Well, sith here is no company, have with ye to Jerico." In J. Heywood's
Four PP., p. 8, the Pardoner says
to the Palmer, "At your door myself doth dwell Who could have saved your soul
as well As all your wide wandering shall do Though ye went thrice to J." In Thracian
ii. 2, Palemon says, "Come, we'll embark us in this hollow tree, And sail
to J., Music! shall we dance?" "Ay, ay," says the Clown, "we'll dance to J."
The Rose of J. is not a true rose, but a cruciferous plant (Anastatica Hierochuntina), also called the resurrection flower, because it revives under the influence of moisture. It is often called the Rose of the Virgin, or Mary's Flower. In Three Kings of Cologne (1400) 90, it is related that "dry roses which be cleped the roses of Jerico" grow on the road by which the Virgin Mary went to Egypt. Lydgate, in Min. Poems 96, calls the Virgin "This Rose of J., freshest on live." In Candlemas 13, she is styled "Of Jerico the sote rose flower." Herrick, in Good wishes for the Duke of York, prays: "May his pretty Dukeship grow Like t' a rose of J."
The largest of the Channel Islands, abt. 15 m. off the N.W. coast of France. The
knitting of stockings and other worsted articles was long a staple industry in
the island. In B. & F. Scornful i. 1, the younger Loveless says, "If I be not found in carnation J. stockings, I'll
ne'er look you in the face again." Middleton, in Hubburd, p. 84, says, "All his
stock [is] not worth a J. stocking." Harrison, in his England ii. 7, satirizes
"the women's diversely coloured stocks of silk jerdsie." In B. & F. Woman
Hater iv. 2, the Mercer says his stockings "are of the best of wool and they
are ycleped J."; and he informs us they cost 9s. In Armin's Moreclacke
G. 1, the Governor of Scilly points out, "On this side Brittaine and on that side
Garsie." Drayton, in Polyolb. 1, 49, apostrophizes, "Fair J . . . . Peculiarly
that boast'st thy double-horned sheep." See also under GUERNSEY.
A city in S. Palestine, 17 m. due W. of the N. extremity of the Dead Sea and 37 m. from the Mediterranean. The original name appears to have been Yeru-shalem, probably meaning "Hearth of Peace." This became in Greek Ierousalem or Hierousalem, and later Ierosolyma, or Hierosolyma; sometimes abbreviated to Solyma. The city was originally in the hands of the Jebusites, but was taken by David at the beginning of his reign and made the capital of his kingdom. The city of David was probably on the S. part of the E. hill, on the N. plateau of which Solomon built the Temple where the Mosque of Omar now stands. The buildings of the growing city gradually extended over the W. hill, now known as Mt. Zion. Destroyed by Nebuchadrezzar in 588 B.C., it was rebuilt after the return of the exiles in 538, and remained the capital of Judaea till its destruction by Titus A.D. 70. It fell into the hands of the Mohammedans in 637, when the Caliph Omar erected a mosque on the Temple Hill, afterwards reconstructed on a magnificent scale by Abd-el-Melik. The recovery of the Holy Sepulchre from the Mohammedans was the object of the Crusades of the 11th cent.: the Crusaders took the city in 1099 and the Christian kingdom of J. was founded under Godfrey of Bouillon, which lasted till 1187,when Saladin took the city and restored the Mohammedan power. The Crusades that followed had no permanent success, and J. remained under the rule of the Arabs until, in 1517, it was added by Selim to the Ottoman Empire.
References to Scripture History:
In Bale's Promises vi, Esaias says,
"The K. of Judah in J. did dwell." In Greene and Lodge's Looking
Glass i. 2, the Angel promises Jonah, when he has done his work at Nineveh,
"I'll carry thee to Jewry back again, And seat thee in the great J." In Hester
(A. P. ii. 279), Hester says, quite unhistorically, "I was born and eke
bred in J." The Monk, in Chaucer's C. T. B. 3337. says that Nabugodonosor "Twyes
wan J. the citee" (see II Kings xxv. 1, and 8). In Candlemas, p. 9, Herod says,
"I be here in my chief city Called J." In Everyman,
p. 53, Gooddeeds speaks of "Myssias of Jherusalem King." In Milton, P. R. iii.
234, the Tempter reminds our Lord that he has only been once a year in "J. few
days' Short sojourn." In 283, he recalls how the Babylonians "J. laid waste,
Till Cyrus set them free." In iv. 544, he bears our Lord through the air, "Till
underneath them fair J., The Holy City, lifted high her towers." The scene of
Herring's Jewes Trag. is laid partly at J., and describes the destruction of
the city by Titus in A.D. 70. In B. & F. Cure
ii. 1, Pachieco says, "One peace was a soldier's provant a whole day at the
destruction of J." In Darius, p. 89, Zorobabell reminds Darius, "J. thou didst
promise To build up every whit." Darius is confused with Cyrus, who allowed
the Jews to return to J. after the captivity in Babylon. The destruction of
J. was the subject of puppet plays, though it was not apparently as popular
as the destruction of Nineveh. In Marston's Courtesan
iii. 1, 4 "motions" are mentioned: "Nineveh, Julius Caesar, Jonas, or the
destruction of J." In Jonson's Barthol.
v. 1, Leatherhead says of his puppet-plays: "J. was a stately thing and so was
Nineveh." In Henslowe's Diary, mention is made of a play called J., acted in
References to subsequent History, including the Crusades:
In Massinger's Actor iii.
1, Julia says of Domitian: "The legions that sacked J. under my father Titus
are sworn his." In K. J. ii. 1,
378, the Bastard advises John and Philip, "Do like the mutines of J., Be friends
awhile and both conjointly bend Your sharpest deeds of malice on this town."
At the siege of J. by Titus A.D. 70, the 3 parties amongst the Jews sank their
mutual animosities. Shakespeare may have got his information from Morwyn's translation
of Ben Gorion's History (1575). In Davenant's Plymouth
i. 1, Cable complains: "This town is dearer than J. after a year's siege." The
sufferings of the Jews from famine towards the close of the siege were frightful.
In T. Heywood's Prentices, the
siege of 1099 is described, and the coats-of-arms of the Lond. City Companies
are said to have been emblazoned on the shields of the Crusaders. In Massinger's
Renegado v. 1, Francisco speaks
of the "knights that in the Holy Land Fought for the freedom of J." In Peele's
Ed. I i. 1, the Queen-mother says,
"Now comes lovely Edward from J." Prince Edward went crusading in 1271. In H4
A. i. 1, 102, Henry says, "We must awhile neglect Our holy purpose to J."
His pious intention was never fulfilled. Though Saladin took J. in 1187, the
Kings of J. still maintained some show of authority in Palestine the daughter
of the last of them, John di Brenn, married Frederick of Naples, and he and
his successors assumed the title. So, in H6
A. v. 5, 40, Reignier, the father of Margaret of Anjou, is entitled "K.
of Naples and J."; and in H6 C.
v. 9, 39, Clarence says that "Reignier to the K. of France hath pawned The Sicils
and J." for the ransom of Margaret. He sold Naples, the two Sicilies, and Provence
to Louis XI for 50,000 crowns for this purpose: no doubt his titular claim to
J. was included, but it was not worth much. In Marlowe's Tamb.
B. ii. 1, Frederic speaks of Orcanes of Natolia having gone to help "the
Kings of Soria [i.e. Tyre] and J." against Tamburlaine: there was no
king at this time.
The Order of the Knights of St. John of J, began with a small hospital
dedicated to John the Baptist and erected in J. in 1048 for poor pilgrims. In
1113 the Order received the sanction of the Pope, Pascal II, and rapidly grew
in power and influence, adding to its ministration to the sick the duty of fighting
against the Infidel. Being expelled from Palestine, they first went to Cyprus
in 1291; and in 1310 conquered Rhodes, which they held till 1523, when Solyman
drove them out. They then went to Malta, which was granted to them by Charles
V in 1530. The badge of the Order was a white Maltese cross, and it has received
a new interest from its adoption by the modern St. John Ambulance societies.
In B. & F. Malta 1, 3, Gomera
addresses Valetta: "Great-Master of J.'s Hospital From whence to Rhodes this
blest fraternity Was driven, but now among the Maltese stands"; and in iii.
3, he calls it an order "Which princes through all dangers have been proud To
fetch as far as from J."
Pilgrimages to J. were frequent all through the Middle Ages, and the
pilgrims received in many cases a J mark, consisting of a cross tattooed on
their arms or bodies. Chaucer's Wife of Bath had been thrice at J. (C. T. A.
463). The Palmer, in J. Heywood's Four
PP. i. boasts, "At Hierusalem have I been Before Christ's blessed sepulchre."
In Marlowe's Jew iv. 1, Barabas professes
to the Friars his willingness "To fast, to pray, and wear a shirt of hair, And
on my knees creep to J." as penance for his sins. In Massinger's Guardian
iv. 1, when Calista protests against her abduction, Durazzo says, "There
are a shoal of young wenches would vow a pilgrimage beyond J. to be so cheated."
In T. Heywood's Traveller i.
1, Geraldine says, "I have seen J. and Rome, have brought Mark from the one,
from the other Testimony." In The
Gamester i. 1, Wilding says he "would undertake to go a pilgrimage to J.,
and return, sooner "than ask his wife's consent to his intrigue with Penelope.
In Dekker's If It Be 285, the
Pilgrim says, "We pilgrims to J. bound this night desire repose." In B. & F.
Malta v. 2, Gomera vows "to tread
a pilgrimage To fair J. for my lady's soul."
Travellers without the motive of a pilgrimage visited J. In Middleton's
No Wit iii. 1, Pickadill says, "There's
a brave travelling scholar, one that has been all the world over, and some part
of J." In Jonson's Case i. 1, Valentine,
returning from his travels, admits to having seen "J. and the Indies and Goodwin
Sands, and the tower of Babylon and Venice." It was a long journey: hence when,
in Juggler 36, Dame Coy says "A more fool is not from hence to J.," she means
in the whole world. In Trag. Richd.
II iii. 3, 80, the Butcher, terrified by the K.'s exactions, says, "I would
my wife and children were at J. with all the wealth."
The Mt. Of Olives stands E. of the city. In Dekker's Babylon
i. 1, the Empress speaks of "sons and daughters that Like olives nursed up by
J. Heightened our glories." There is probably a reminiscence of Psalm cxxviii.3:
"Thy children [shall be] like olive plants round about thy table." Owing to
the Jewish idea that the kingdom of the Messiah was to be marked by the descent
of a new J. from heaven, and the adoption of this idea by the author of the
book of Revelation (c. xxi), J. came to be used for Heaven. In H6
C. v. 5, 7, when Somerset is ordered off to execution, Margaret says, "So
part we sadly in this troublous world, To meet with joy in sweet J." The parson
in Chaucer's C. T. I. 51, undertakes to show his hearers the way "Of thilke
parfit, glorious pilgrymage that highte J. celestial." In Yarrington's Two
Trag. i. 2, Pandino says, "We do await The blessed hour when it shall please
the Lord To take us to the just J." In Devonshire
iv. 2, the Friar says to Dick, who has been condemned to death, "We come
to set your feet on the right way To Palestine, the New J."
Drayton, in Eng. Helicon (1614), p. 44, says, "Bedeck our Beta. .. With cowslips of J." This flower is the Lungwort (Pulmonaria Officinalis). T. Robinson, in Mary Magdalene (1620), 324, commends "couslips of Hierusalem so nice."
J. Artichoke has really nothing to do with J., but is a corruption of the
Italian "Girasole Articiocco," or Sunflower Artichoke. It was introduced into
Europe in 1617. In H. Shirley's Mart.
Soldier v. 1, the Clown says, "These Christians are like artichokes of
J.: they overrun any ground they grow in." In Mayne's Match
ii. 1, Dorcas says, "The price of sprats, J. artichokes, and Holland cheese
is very much increased, so that the brethren can't live in their vocation."
A hall at the W. front of Westminster Abbey, leading S. to the Deanery. It was
built by Abbot Littlington towards the end of the 14th cent., and was probably
the Hall of the Deanery. Three inscriptions run round the fireplace: "O pray for
the peace of J."; "Build thou the walls of J ," and "J. which is above is free."
Hence the name. It is used as the Chapter House of the Abbey, and the Revision
of the Bible in 1870 was made within its walls. Henry IV died there. In H4
B. iv. 5, 234, the K. is told that the room where he swooned is called J.,
and says, "Laud be to God! even there my life must end. It hath been prophesied
to me many years I should not die but in J.; Which vainly I supposed the Holy
Land; But bear me to that chamber; there I'll lie; In that J. shall Harry die."
JESUS COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
University of Cambridge, originally a Priory of Nuns of the Benedictine Order.
It was dissolved by Henry VII in 1496 and handed over to John Alcock, Bp. of Ely,
to be converted into a College. It got its name from the chapel of the Priory,
which was dedicated to the name of J. It stands in J. Close, between J. Lane and
the Cam. A J. College MS. mentions the production of "Club
Law fabula festivissima" at Clare Hall in 15991600
JESUS COLLEGE, OXFORD
University of Oxford, situated at the corner of Turl St. and Market St., opposite
Exeter College. It was founded by Hugh ap Rice in 1571, and refounded by Sir Leoline
Jenkins, another Welshman, in 1660. Most of the Principals have been Welsh, and
so have many of the students. In The
Puritan i. 2, Pyeboard gives an account of his career at Oxford: "I have
been matriculated in the University, wore out 6 gowns there, seen some fools and
some scholars, some of the city and some of the country, kept order, went bare-headed
over the quadrangle, eat my commons with a good stomach, and battled with discretion;
at last I was expelled the University only for stealing a cheese out of J. College."
The Welsh fondness for cheese is a common jest with our dramatists (see under
WALES). In Dekker's Northward iv.
1, Capt. Jenkin, a Welshman, says, "I ha' picked up my cronies in Sesus [sic]
JESUS GATE and STREET
In Whetstone's Promos B. i. 4, Phallax, arranging for a City Pageant in the town of Julio, says, "On J. G. the 4 virtues I trove Appointed are to stand." In scene 6, one of the men, "apparelled like green men at the Mayor feast," says that they are waiting "In J. St. to keep a passage clear That the K. and his train may pass with ease." The whole scene is a Lond. one, and as the K. would come to the City from Westminster, Ludgate is probably meant by J. G., and Ludgate Hill or Cheapside by J. St. See ST. ANNE'S Cross.
(Jh. = Jewish), Lat. Judaeus. Properly a member of the tribe of Judah, but since after the Babylonish Exile Judah was the only tribe that returned to Palestine in any large numbers, J. came to be synonymous with Hebrew. During the 1st cent. A. D. Christian writers used J. for an opponent of Christ, as, for example, in St. John's Gospel, and so the word took on an opprobrious connotation. During the Middle Ages the Js. were largely engaged in money-lending, and J. came to mean a money-lender, a usurer, with the added suggestion of craft and unscrupulousness. From the 11th to the 15th cents. the Js. were treated with abominable cruelty in all parts of Europe. They were subject to violent extortion by the Kings; they were tortured and burnt by the Ch., especially in France and Spain; in the Anglican Liturgy (Collect for Good Friday) they are classed with Turks, Infidels, and Heretics; they were charged with unnatural crimes, especially with the ritual murder of children, as in Chaucer's story told by the Prioress and the popular legend of Hugh of Lincoln; they were expelled from England in 1290, from France in 1307, from Spain in 1492. In Germany and Italy they were confined to certain quarters of the cities, called Ghettos, and were compelled to wear the distinctive yellow gaberdine. It was not till the reign of Charles II that they obtained legal recognition in England, and only in 1858 was the last disability removed and Js. permitted to sit in Parliament.
The word used as a National Name without any Offensive Connotation:
The Pardoner, in Chaucer's C. T. C. 351, says that he has among his relics
"a sholder boon Which that was of an hooly Jewes sheep": probably he means a
J. before the time of Christ. So the Merchant (E. 2277) calls Solomon "this
J." In Merch. ii. 3, 11, Launcelot
calls Jessica "Most beautiful pagan, most sweet J." In Marlowe's Jew
ii. 3, Barabas says, "As sure as heaven rained manna for the Js., So sure
. . . shall he die." In Merch. iii.
1, 61, Shylock says, "I am a J. Hath not a J. eyes? Hath not a J. hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with
the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed
and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is?" Heming's Jewes
Trag. relates the story of the taking of Jerusalem by Titus in A.D. 70.
Milton, P. R. iii. 358, speaks of "Samaritan or J."
Jew as opposed to Gentile:
In Merch. ii. 6, 51, Gratiano
says of Jessica: "She is a Gentile and no J." In Jeronimo, the Epilogue says,
"Good night, kind gentles, for I hope there's never a J. among you all." The
same pun is intended in Merch. 1,
3, 178, where Antonio says to Shylock, "Hie thee, gentle J." Milton, P. R. iii.
118, says that God demands glory "Promiscuous from all nations, J., or Greek,
Or Barbarous." In Sharpham's Fleire
ii. 331, when Sparke enters with "Save ye, Gentles," Ruffel says, "Then
we are enemies to the Jewes."
Jewish Abstinence from Pork:
In Merch. 1, 3, 34, Shylock,
asked to dinner by Bassanio, says, "Yes, to smell pork; to eat of the habitation
which your prophet the Nazarite conjured the devil into" (see Matthew Viii.
28). In iii. 5, 39, Jessica says, "In converting Js. to Christians you raise
the price of pork.." In Day's Parl. Bees x., Impotens says, "This J., though
he will eat no pork, eats bees." In Jonson's Ev.
Man O. v. 4, Carlo says of pork: "No marvel though that saucy, stubborn
generation, the Js., were forbidden it; for what would they ha' done, well pampered
with fat pork, that durst murmur at their Maker out of garlic and onions?" In
Davenant's Wits 1, 2, the elder
Palatine will not give the younger "so much as will find a J. bacon to his eggs,"
i.e. nothing at all. In Webster's Malfi
iii. 2, an officer says, "He could not abide to see a pig's head gaping;
I thought your Grace would find him a J." In B. & F. Prophetess
1, 3, Geta, who is carrying the body of a huge boar, says, "I shall turn
J. if I carry many such burdens." In their Prize
1, 2, Livia, when Rowland says "If wealth may win you," replies scornfully,
"If a hog may be High-priest among the Js."
Jewish Distinctive Dress:
In Merch. i. 3, 113, Shylock
says, "You spit upon my Jh. Gaberdine." The Gaberdine was a loose upper garment.
In T. Heywood's Lucrece iii. 5,
Valerius sings, "Some like breechless women goThe Russ, Turk, J., and
Grecian." In B. & F. Custom ii.
3, Rutilio, seeing 2 men approaching, says, "One, by his habit, is a J." In
Glapthorne's Hollander iii. 1,
Sconce says, "The Js. at Rome Wear party-coloured garments, to be known From
Jew used with a general Opprobrious Connotation:
In Chaucer, C. T. B. 1749, the Prioress says that Satan "hath in Jewes
herte his waspes nest," and throughout the tale they are called "cursed Jewes."
In Two Gent. ii. 5, 58, Launce
says to Speed, "Go with me to the alehouse; if not, thou art an Hebrew, a J.,
and not worth the name of a Christian." In Merch.
ii. 2, 119, Launcelot says, "I am a J. if I serve the J. any longer." In ii.
8, 4, Salanio calls Shylock "the villain J.," and in 14, "the dog J." In Ado
ii. 3, 272, Benedick says, "If I do not love her, I am a J." In Merch.
ii. 2, 112, Launcelot says, "My master's a very J."; in 34, "The J. is the very
devil incarnal." In H4 A. ii.
4, 198, Falstaff says, "They were bound, every man of them, or I am a J. else,
an Ebrew J." Barabas, the hero of Marlowe's Jew,
is an example of every kind of enormity. In Ford's 'Tis
Pity iv. 3, Putana says, "Dost think I am a Turk or a J.?" In Middleton's
Phoenix iii. 1, Falso says, "If
men be Js., justices must be cruel." In Day's B.
Beggar ii., Strowd says, "I'll meet thee, else call me J." In Massinger's
Madam v. 2, Luke says, "I am styled
a cormorant, a cut-throat J." In Brome's Moor
iii. 3,. Arnold brings word "the old J. Quicksands Has lost his wife." Campion,
in Book of Airs (1617) iii., says, "Safer may we credit give To a faithless
Jew as an Unbeliever:
In Piers C. xx. 96, Faith "gan foully the false levees to despisen." In
C. xxii. 34, he says, "The Iuwes that weren gentel-men, Iesu thei dispiseden,
Both hus lore and hus lawe, now aren thei lowe cheorles." "Liver of blaspheming
J." is one of the ingredients of the witches' cauldron in Macbeth
iv. 1, 16. In Fulwell's Like iii. 336, Virtuous Living says, "O gracious
God, how highly art Thou of all men to be praised, of Christians, Saracens,
Js., and also Turks." In Ingelond's Disobedient 82, the devil says, "O all the
Js. and all the Turks, in the end they fly hither [i.e. to hell] all
and some." In Goosecap v. 1, Rudesby
says to Hippolita, "If the sun of thy beauty do not white me like a shippard's
holland, I am a J. to my Creator." In Wapull Tarrieth G. 4, Faithful Few says,
"The Jh. infidel to God doth more agree Than such as Christianity do so misuse":
a rare sentiment in those days. It was believed that a Jew who mocked at our
Lord on His way to the Cross was condemned to live until His Second Coming,
and meanwhile to wander through the world. Taylor, in Life of Parr (1635), p.
214, says, "John Buttadeus, if report be true, Is his name that is styled the
Jews as Moneylenders and Usurers:
In Piers C. v. 194, Reason speaks of "Lumbardes of Lukes that Iyven by
lone as Iewes." Shylock, in Merch.,
is a typical moneylender, and in 1, 3, 70, defends his taking of interest by
the example of Jacob's dealings with Laban. In Marmion's Companion
ii. 4, Careless says to AEmilia, "Thy father is an usurer, a J." Nash, in
Wilton K. 2, says, "All Js. are covetous." In Wise
Men iii. 3, Hermito says, "Usury was wont to be a thing odious among Christians
and used by none but Js." Jh. moneylenders occur in Wilson's Three
Ladies , Daborne's Christian Turned
Turk , and Rowley's Three English
Brothers. Dekker, in Seven Sins vi. 40, speaks of "brokers that shave poor
men by most Jh. interest." In Brome's Antipodes
iii. 4, Lefoy says, "Usury goes round the world, and will do till the general
conversion of the Js." In Shirley's Bird
ii. 2, Rolliardo says, "I heard a pound of flesh, a J's. demand once": the
reference being to Shylock's bond in Merch.
In Middleton's R. G. iii. 3, Curtlax
says that Dapper is "as damned a usurer as ever was among Js." Heylyn (s.v.
PALESTINE) says of the Js.: "They are now accounted a perjurious vagabond nation,
and great usurers."
Jews as Implacable and Cruel:
In Merch. iv. 1, 80, Antonio
says, "You may as well do anything most hard As seek to soften thatthan
which what's harder?His Jh. heart." In Two
Gent. ii. 3, 12, Launce says, "A J. would have wept to see our parting."
In Marlowe's Jew ii. 3, Barabas says,
"We Js. can fawn like spaniels when we please; And when we grin we bite." In
iii. 3, Abigail says, "I perceive there is no pity in Js." In B. & F. Custom
ii. 3, Rutilio says to Zabulon, "That you'll help us We dare not hope, because
you are a J.; And courtesies come sooner from the devil Than any of your nation."
In Day's Travails (Bullen, p.55),
Zariph says, "Zariph is a J, A crucifying hangman, trained in sin, One that
would hang his brother for his skin."
Jews as Experts in the use of Poisonous Drugs:
In Marston's Malcontent v.
3, when Mendozo asks Malevole, "Canst thou empoison?" he replies, "Excellently;
no J., 'pothecary, or politician better." In Massinger's Milan
v. 2, Francisco, disguised as "a J doctor," poisons the lips of the dead
Marcelia, and so kills Sforza when he kisses her. In B. & F. Wife
iv. 1, Sorano says he got the drug with which he intends to poison Alphonso
from "A J., an honest and a rare physician." In Selimus
1684, Selimus says, "Baiazet hath with him a cunning J., Professing physic,
and so skilled therein As if he had power over life and death; Withal a man
so stout and resolute That he will venture any thing for gold." This J. poisons
Baiazet and himself at the same time. In Webster's Law
Case iii. 2, Romelio appears disguised as a J., in order to murder Contarion,
and he swears to give the surgeons 10,000 ducats "by my Jewism."
Jews as Old Clothes Dealers:
In Ev. Wom. I. iv. 1, the
City Wife says, "You may hire a good suit at a J. 's or at a broker's."
Properly Judas's Ear, "auricula Judae." a fungus growing on the trunk of
trees, especially on the elder, on which Judas is said to have hanged himself.
In T. Heywood's Witches iii., it
is said, "All the sallets are turned to Jewes-ears." In Nabbes' Totenham
iii. 6, Slip says, "If I find them not, count me no wiser than an apothecary
that looked for Jewes ears on an old pillory."
Used proverbially for anything very precious. Probably there is a kind
of pun on jewel. In Merch. ii. 5,
43, Launcelot says to Jessica, "There will come a Christian by, will be worth
a Jewes eye." Jewes is the gen. sing., not = Jewess.
Jewish care about Genealogies, as Evidenced in Bk. of Chronicles, etc.:
In Davenant's Italian iii.
2, Florello says, "I'm an old J. at genealogies."
Jew as a term of endearment: probably with a sort of punning reference to jewel:
In L. L. L. iii. 1, 136, Costard
calls Moth "My sweet ounce of man's flesh! My incony J.!" In M.
N. D. iii. 1, 97, Flute, as Thisbe, calls Pyramus, "Most brisky Juvenal
and eke most lovely J."
Wealth of the Jews:
In Marlowe's Jew i. 1, Barabas
tells of his great wealth, and adds: "Rather had I, a J., be hated thus Than
pitied in a Christian poverty."
Persecution of the Jews:
In Chapman's Alphonsus v.
1, 471, Edward says, "I would adjudge the villain to be hanged As here the Js.
are hanged in Germany." The custom was to hang Js. up by the feet between 2
savage dogs. In H. Shirley's Mart.
Soldier iv. 3, the Clown says "a J. burns pretty well; but he burns upward
the fire takes him by the nose first."
Jews as Murderers of Children:
See Chaucer's Prioress' Tale. In Marlowe's Jew
iii. 6, Jacomo asks of Barabas "Has he crucified a child?" And Barnadine
answers, "No, but a worse thing."
Jews as Sweaters of the Currency:
In 1230 Js. had to pay ( of their movable property for their alleged clipping of the coin of the realm. In Piers C. Vii. 241, Avarice confesses, "Ich lerned of Jewes To weie pans with a peis, and pared the hevyeste."
Jews as Magicians, Fortune-tellers, and Astrologers:
In Marston's Malcontent v. 1, Maquerelle
says, "A Chaldean or an Assyrian, I am sure 'twas a most sweet J told me 'court
any woman in the right sign, you shall not miss.'"
Jew's Harp, or Jew's Trump:
A musical instrument consisting of a flexible metal tongue in a lyre-shaped
frame. It is held between the teeth, and the note is produced by striking the
tongue with the finger and varying the size of the resonant cavity of the mouth.
It is not clear why it was so called. The suggestion that it is a corruption
of Jaws' Harp cannot be sustained. In Lyly's Campaspe
ii. 1, Psyllus, listening to the quarrel between Diogenes and Manes, says,
"O sweet consent between a crowd [i.e. hurdy-gurdy] and a J. 's harp!"
In B. & F. Span. Cur. iv. 5, Diego,
mocking his expectant heirs, says, "I do bequeathe ye commodities of pins .
. . ginger-bread, and Js.-trumps." In their Hum.
Lieut. v. 2, the Lieut. "has made a thousand rhymes and plays the burden
to 'em on a J.'s-trump." In their Captain
ii. 2, Jacomo says, "I had rather hear a J.'s-trump than these lutes." In
Shirley's Opportunity iv. 1, Ascanio
says, "Pimpinio has a great ambition to challenge Orpheus to play with him on
any instrument from the organ to the J. 's trump." In B. & F. Lover's
Prog. i., 1, Leon mentions among Malfort's qualities for charming a lady,
"playing on a gittern or a J. 's trump." In Eastward
ii. 2, Quicksilver says of Security, the usurer: "O 'tis a notable Jews-trump!
I hope to live to see dog's meat made of the old usurer's flesh." In Dekker's
If it be 288, Brisco has collected
a band including "whole swarms of Welsh harps, Irish bagpipes, Js. trumps, and
Lond., running E. from Aldersgate St. to the junction of Red Cross St. and Gore St. It has its name from its being the only place of interment allowed to be used by the Jews in Lond. for a considerable time. Stow describes it as full of "fair garden plots and summer-houses for pleasure"; and Howell, in 1657, says it was "a handsome new St., fairly built by the Company of Goldsmiths." Here John Milton lived from 1660 to 1664.
(= JUDAEA). The land of the Jews; sometimes, as in the first 2 quotations, used
for Palestine as a whole. In Greene and Lodge's Looking
Glass i. 1, 24, Rasni boasts, "Great J.'s God that foiled stout Benhadad,
Could not rebate the strength that Rasni brought." In v. 4, 2120, Adam, who is
annoyed at having to fast, says, "Well, goodman Jonas, I would you had never come
from J. to this country." In Candlemas, p. 10, Herod is called, "My Lord of all
Jurye." In M. W. W. ii. 1, 20, Mrs.
Page exclaims, after reading Falstaff's letter, "What a Herod of J. is this!"
Herod was the villain of the Mystery Plays. In H5
iii. 3, 40, Henry says, "The mad mothers with their howls confused Do break
the clouds, as did the wives of J. At Herod's bloody-hunting slaughtermen." This
again is a reminiscence of the Mystery Plays. In Ant.
i. 2, 28, Charmian says, "Let me have a child to whom Herod of J. may do homage."
In iii. 3, 3, Alexas says to Cleopatra, "Herod of J. dare not look upon you But
when you are well pleased." In iii. 6, 73, Caesar mentions "Herod of J." amongst
Antony's allies. In iv. 6, 12, Enobarbus says, "Alexas did revolt; and went to
J. in Affairs of Antony.'' In R2 ii.
1, 55, Gaunt speaks of "The sepulchre in stubborn J. Of the world's ransom, blessed
Mary's son." In Three Ladies i.,
Love says, "For lucre men come from Italy, Barbary, Turkey, from J." In Mariam
iv. 3, Herod says to Mariam, "Art thou not Juries Queen?" In True
Trag., p. 128, it is said of Q. Elizabeth: "Babies in Jury sound her princely
name." In Tiberius 151, Asinius speaks
of "The palms of Jury." Hall, in Satires iv. 3, says, "The palm doth rifely rise
in Jury field." J. is also used as a name for the Ghettos, or Jews' quarters,
in the various cities of Europe. Nash, in Wilton, says, "All, whether male or
female, belonging to the old J. [at Rome] should depart." See for the London
Jews' quarters under OLD JEWRY.
(see JERUSALEM). The spelling is due to an attempt to combine the normal spelling with Hierosolima.
See JOHN'S (ST.), PRIORY OF.
JOHN (ST.) EVANGELIST
A bookseller's sign in Fleet St., Lond., opposite the Conduit. John Butler, assistant
to Wynkyn de Worde, set up a printing office here. Here Thomas Colwell printed
at this sign Phillips' Grissil, Darius (1565), and Gurton
(1575). Wapull's Tarrieth was "Imprinted in Fleete-streate beneath the Conduite
at the sign of Saynt J. E. by Hugh Jackson. 1576."
JOHN (ST.) LATERAN
(SAN GIOVANNI IN LATERANO). The famous ch. in Rome, at the S.E. corner of the
city, in the Piazza di Porta San Giovanni at the E. end of the Via di San Giovanni
in Laterano. It occupies the site of the house of Plautius Lateranus, who was
put to death by Nero. Constantine gave it to the Pope as his episcopal residence,
and founded the ch., helping to dig the foundations with his own hands. The Lateran
Palace remained the residence of the Popes until the Babylonian Captivity (1309).
An inscription on the entrance styles it "Omnium Urbis et Orbis Ecclesiarum Mater
et Caput." Its chapter still takes precedence of that of St. Peter, and here the
Pope is crowned. In Barnes' Charter
iii. 1, Astor says, "I was now going to our Lady's Mass In St. J. L." In Tarlton's
News, we read "It was Pope Joan, that honest woman, that as she went in procession
through the Lataran was brought to bed in the streets."
JOHN (ST.) STREET
Lond., running N. from W. Smithfield to Clerkenwell Rd., and continuing thence
as St. J. Street Rd. to the Angel at Islington. It was the main road from the
City for travellers to the north. At No. 16 is still to be found the Cross Keys
Tavern, on the E. side of the St.; further on is Red Bull Yard, which marks the
site of the Red Bull Playhouse, q.v. Hicks' Hall, the sessions house of the County
of Middlesex, from which the milestones on the Gt. North Rd. were measured, was
near the entrance of St. J. 's Lane: it was built in 1612 and pulled down in 1782;
the site is marked by a mural tablet. The name of the street was derived from
the neighbouring Priory of St. J. In Barry's Ram
iv., Beard says, "I now will trudge to St. J.-st. to inform the Lady Sommerfield
where thou art." Taylor, in Carrier's Cosmographie, says, "The carrier of Daintree
doth lodge every Friday night at the Cross Keys in St. J.'s St." Webster, in Monuments,
speaks of "the now demolished house" of the Knights of St. J. of Jerusalem" in
St. J.'s St.
JOHN'S (ST.) CATHEDRAL
The cathedral ch. of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem at Malta. It was built
in 1580 by John de la Cassiere, the Grand Master. It contains many tombs of the
Grand Masters and Knights of the Order. In B. & F. Malta
iv. 1, Oriana, having received a sleeping potion, like Juliet, "is buried
in her family's monument in the temple of St. John."
JOHN'S, ST., CHESTER
An ancient ch. in the S.E. corner of the city, near the Dee. It is Norman in style,
and was for a time used as the cathedral during the 11th cent. In Munday's John
Kent i., Chester says, "At St. J. shall be solemnized the nuptials of your
Honors and these virgins; for to that ch. Edgar, once England's k., was by 8 kings
rowed royally on St. John Baptist day."
JOHN'S (ST.) COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
Founded by the Lady Margaret, Countess of Richmond, in 1511, on the site of a priory of St. John the Evangelist dissolved in the 2nd year of Henry VIII. The 2nd court was built mainly by Mary, Countess of Shrewsbury, 15991602. The College stands between St. J. St. and the river, next to Trinity. St. J. plays a distinguished part in the history of the English drama. John Bale was one of its earliest students. Robert Greene took his degree there in 1578. Thomas Nash graduated there in 1585, but was sent down for some act of insubordination: it is said for refusing to act in a play Terminus et non Terminus. He bore no malice, however, for in his Lenten, p. 308, he says of Roger Ascham: "He was a St. J. man in Cambridge, in which house I once took up my inn for 7 years together lacking a quarter, and yet love it still, for it is, and ever was, the sweetest nurse of knowledge in all that University." Ben Jonson is said to have been at St. J., but the evidence is far from conclusive.
Amongst plays produced at St. John's are as follows:
In Cowley's Cutter [a.k.a. Guardian]iv.
4, Truman says, "I'll send for my son Tom from St. J. Cambridge; he's a pretty
scholar." As this play was first performed at Cambridge, under the name of The
Guardian, no doubt it is the Cambridge St. J. that is meant.
JOHN'S (ST.) COLLEGE, OXFORD
- Thomas Legge's Ricardus Tertius (1573, etc.);
- the Plutus of Aristophanes, in Greek (1536) (the earliest definite record of a performance in Cambridge);
- Thomas Watson's Absolom (circa 1545);
- Abraham Fraunce's
- Victoria (1575);
- Hymenaeus (15789);
- Silvanus (1597);
- Machiavellus (1597);
- Terminus et non Terminus (1586);
- Edward Cecil's AEmilia (1615); and,
- most noteworthy of all, the Pernassus Trilogy (15981601).
Founded by Sir Thomas White in 1557, on the site of the older St. Bernard's College, a Cistercian foundation which was dissolved as a monastic establishment by Henry VIII. The tower and gateway and the 1st quadrangle date from this time. The College stands in St. Giles St., next above Trinity, on the E. side of the street. James Shirley was a student at St. J., though he graduated later at Cambridge. St. J. took a leading part in the dramatic activities of the University. Here were produced Narcissus (16023), and, in conjunction with Christ Ch., a series of plays on the occasion of the visit of James I in 1605. Amongst them were to be found the following:
The MS. of Griffin Higg's True Relation, etc, of Thomas Tucker is preserved in the College Library, and gives an account of the plays produced in 16078, amongst which were the following:
- Ajax Flaggelifer,
- Matthew Gwinne's Vertumnus,
- Daniel's Queen's Arcadia,
- and an open-air interlude on the lines of the witches' prophecy in Macbeth, which may have suggested the treatment of the subject by Shakespeare the next year.
George Wilde's Love's Hospital was
produced at Laud's expense on the visit of Charles I in 1636.
JOHN'S (ST.) HEAD
- Time's Complaint,
- Seven Days of the Week,
- Philomathes, and
- Ira seu Tumulus Fortunes.
Sign of a tavern in Lond. in St. Martyn's Lane, Aldersgate. In Glapthorne's Wit
v. 1, Busie says, "You shall with me to the St. J. H.; there is a cup of pure
JOHN'S (ST.), PRIORY OF
The Priory of St. John of Jerusalem in Clerkenwell, founded in 1100 by Jordan
Briset for the Knights Hospitallers, and endowed with the revenues of the Knights
Templars when that Order was dissolved in 1324. It stood on what is now St. J.
Square, and St. J. Gate was the gate-house of the Priory. The Order was very wealthy,
and its Prior was Primus Baro Angliae. It was suppressed in 1541, and the buildings
passed to the Crown. They were bequeathed by Henry VIII to the Lady Mary, afterwards
Q., but in the reign of Edward VI Somerset got hold of them and blew a large part
up with gunpowder in order to use the stones for his new mansion in the Strand.
The Gatehouse has now returned to its original owners, and is the head office
of the St. John Ambulance Association. In Bale's Laws
iv., Infidelity has a pardon in his sleeve "from St. J. Friary." In Straw
iii., the Mayor says, "The rebels are defacing houses of hostelity, St. J.
in Smithfield, the Savoy, and such like." The reference is to the preceptory of
the Priory, which was burnt by the rabble of Wat Tyler and Jack Straw. The ch.
of St. John Clerkenwell, in St. J. Square, occupies its site, and in the foundations
are some of the stones of the original ch. It is not exactly in Smithfield, but
a little way North. In Day's B. Beggar
i., Cardinal Beaufort says, "Gloster, thou wrong'st me, withold'st St. Johnses;
Look to 't; for fear when I get entry I pull not down the Castle o'er thine ears."
Gloster replies, "Cardinal; to spite thee I'll keep Elinor, And wed her in St.
Johnses." Later the Cardinal threatens, "I'll rouse you and your minions Out of
St. Johnses ere a week be spent." The reference appears to be to the Priory. The
dist. round the Priory was called St. J. In Look
about v., Skink, who is wanted by the police, complains, "There's a rogue
in a red cap, he's run from St. J. after me." In Middleton's Mad
World iii. 2, the Courtezan, supposed to be dying, sends her commendations
"to all my good cousins in Clerkenwell and St. J." The neighbourhood had a bad
reputation. In Randolph's Muses iv.
3, Plus brings before the magistrate "a gentlewoman of St. Joans, is charged with
JOHN'S (ST.) WOOD
(formerly GREAT ST. J. WOOD). A wood lying W. of Regent's Park, Lond., belonging
to the Priors of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. On the suppression of
the Priory in 1541 it fell into the possession of the Crown, and was used as a
hunting ground. During the last 100 years it has become a populous residential
suburb, specially affected by artists. In Jonson's Tub
ii. 1, Hilts says, "My capt. and myself . . . at the corner of St. J. Wood,
Some mile W. o' this town [i.e. Pancras] were set upon By a sort of country
fellows that not only Beat us, but robbed us most sufficiently." In Jonson's Magnetic
v. 5, Sir Moth tells of a poor squire that would walk in his sleep "to St.
J Wood And Waltham Forest, scape by all the ponds And ditches in the way."
(now JAFFA). A spt. on the coast of Palestine, 30 m. N.W. of Jerusalem, of which
it is the port. The harbour is little more than an open roadstead, but as there
is no other S. of the Bay of Acre it has always been the usual outlet from S.
Palestine. In Greene and Lodge's Looking
Glass iii. 1, 956, Jonas says, "My mind misgives; to J. will I fly, And for
a while to Tharsus shape my course" (see Jonah i. 3). In Downfall
Huntington ii. 1, Prince John says, "Here are letters from His Majesty Sent
out of J. in the Holy Land." Richd. I recovered J. from Saladin in 1191. In Bacchus,
the 11th guest was "a Jew born in J.; he had to name Christopher Crabface, a man
famous in astrology."
R. in Palestine running S. from Lake Huleh, through the Sea of Galilee, into the
Dead Sea. In it our Lord was baptised. In Bale's Promises
vii., Pater Coelestis says to John the Baptist, "Thou shalt wash him [Jesus]
among them in J., a flood not far from Jerusalem." In Peele's Bethsabe
iii. 3, Cusay advises David "To pass the river J. presently." In Harrowing
of Hell 106, John says, "Ich am Johan That thee followed in flum J." In York M.
P. xxi. 54, the Angel says, "My lord Jesus shall come this day Fro Galylee unto
this flood Ye Jourdane call." In Spenser, F. Q. i. 2, 30, the Well of Life "Both
Silo. .. and J. did excel." Milton, P. L. xii. 145, mentions "the double-founted
stream J. [as] the true limit eastward" of the land of Promise. The allusion is
to the idea that the J. was formed by the confluence of 2 streams, the Jor and
the Dan! In iii. 535 more correctly, Paneas is spoken of as "the fount of J. 's
flood." In P. R. i. 24, it is related how Jesus came from Nazareth "to the flood
J." to be baptised. In 119, Satan, in quest of our Lord, "to the coast of J .
. . . directs his easy steps." In 329 the scene of the Baptism is described as
"the ford Of J." In ii. 25, the disciples consult "on the bank of J., by a creek,
Where winds with reeds and osiers whispering play." In iii. 438, our Lord recalls
how "the Red Sea and J. once he [God] cleft, When to the Promised Land their fathers
passed" (see Joshua iii.).
The use of J. for a chamber-pot may be derived from its being employed as
the name of the bottles in which pilgrims brought water from the river J., but
it is not at all certain. In H4
A. ii. 1, 22, the carrier complains that the Rochester innkeepers "will
allow us ne'er a J." In H4 B.
ii. 4, 37, Falstaff orders, "Empty the J." In Thracian
iv. 2, the Clown says, "Behold your sweet phisnomy in the clear streams
of the river J." with an obvious double entendre. In a song in Jonson's Augurs,
we have, "My lady will come with a bowl and a broom And her handmaid with a
jorden." Earle, in Microcosmography xiii., describing a tavern scene, says,
"The Js., like swelling rivers, overflow their banks."
J. Almond is probably a corruption of Jardin (Garden) Almond. In Field's Amends
iii. 3, Bold mentions amongst the ingredients of a night-mask, "J. almonds,
blanched and ground, a quartern."
(i.e. JOTAPATA; now KHURBET JEFAT). A City of Galilee, taken by Vespasian
A.D. 67 after a fine defence. It lies abt. 20 m. due E. of the promontory of Carmel.
In Heming's Jewes Trag. 82 1, Vespasian
asks "How far are we now from J.?"
JOSAPHAT, VALLEY OF
The ravine between Jerusalem and the Mt. of Olives, on the E. and S. sides of
the city. It is often called the Valley of the Kedron, from the brook that runs
down it. From Joel iii. 2, 12, 13, it was inferred that the Last Judgment would
take place there. It contained several places of interest to pilgrims, such as
the place of the stoning of Stephen, the Garden of Gethsemane, the pool of Siloam,
and the so-called tomb of Absalom. The ch. of the tomb of the Virgin marks the
traditional site of her assumption, and is just N. of Gethsemane. In Piers C.
xxi. 413, our Lord says that he will drink no more wine "til the vendage [i.e.
vintage] valle in the vale of Iosaphat, And drynke ryght rype most [must] resurreccio
mortuorum." The Palmer, in J. Heywood's Four
PP. i., says, "To J. and Olyvete On foot, God wot, I went right bare." In
York M. P. xlvi. 97, which describes the appearance of the Virgin to St. Thomas
and her assumption, Thomas says, "This is the Vale of J. in jury so gent."
(= GIBRALTAR, q.v.). In Marlowe's Tamb.
A. iii. 3, Tamburlaine has a vision of reigning from Mexico "unto the straits
of J." In Tamb. B. i. 3, Usumcasanes
reports, "We kept the narrow strait of J."
The S. of the 3 divisions of Palestine in the 1st cent., lying W. of the Dead
Sea. It corresponded roughly to the territory of the tribes of Judah and Simeon.
In Greene and Lodge's Looking Glass
i. 1, Rasni, K. of Assyria, says, "I have made J.'s monarch flee the field." This
was not true: in the time of Jonah (i.e. the reign of Jeroboam II in Israel)
the Assyrians had not yet attacked Judah. In Greene's Friar
ix., Bacon promises Frederick a rich feast, including "cates of J." The passage
is corrupt: nothing was imported from J. except balm, and it has been suggested
that we should read: "balm of J." In Nabbes' Bride
iv. 1, Horten says, "Yet we must from Memphis and J. Fetch balsam, though
sophisticate." In Mariam i. 1, Mariam says, "Yet had I rather much a milkmaid
be Than be the monarch of J.'s queen." In Candlemas, p. 18, Miles says to Herod,
"Through Jerusalem and Jude your will we have wrought." In York M. P. xvii. 120,
the 1st K. says of our Lord, "He shall be k. Of Jewes and of Jude." Milton, P.
R. iii. 157, speaks of J. as being reduced under Roman yoke. In S. A. 252, Samson
relates how "the Philistines . . . Entered J., seeking me." See Judges xv. 9.
The 4th son of Jacob and Leah, and the ancestor of the tribe of that name. It
had assigned to it on the conquest of Canaan the dist. in S. Syria between the
Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, though it never succeeded in occupying the coastal
dist., which was held firmly by the Philistines. After the Babylonish captivity,
the great majority of the returning exiles belonged to the tribe of J., and the
name Jew came to be equivalent to Hebrew. In Peele's Bethsabe
ii. 1, Nathan says to David, "Thus saith the Lord thy God [I gave thee], J.
and Jerusalem withal." In his Alcazar
iii. 1, 26, the Legate says, "His Majesty [the K. of Spain] doth promise to
resign The titles of the Islands of Moloccus That by his royalty in J. he commands."
But we should certainly read India for J. In King
Leir, Haz., p. 376, Leir says to Cordella, "The blessing which the God of
Abraham gave Unto the tribe of J. light on thee" (see Gen. xlix. 912). In
York M. P. xii. 114, the Prologue says, "He [i.e. Jacob] says the sceptre
shall not pass Fro Juda land of Israell Or he come that God ordained has." In
Milton, P. L. i. 457, it is related how "Ezekiel . . . . surveyed the dark idolatries
Of alienated J." (Ezekiel viii, 14). In P. R. ii. 440, David is called "the shepherd
lad Whose offspring on the throne of J. sat So many ages." In 424, it is related
how Antipater "his son Herod placed on J. 's throne." This was Herod the Gt.,
who was made K. of J. 40 B.C. In iii. 282, it is recalled how the Babylonians
led captive "J. and all thy father David's house." In S. A. 256, Samson relates
how "the men of J." betrayed him (Judges xv. 9); and adds "Had J. that day joined,
or one whole tribe, They had by this possessed the towers of Gath." In 976, Dalila
expects that her name will be detested "In Dan, in J., and the bordering tribes."
In Nativity Ode 221, it is said that Osiris "feels from Judas land The dreaded
infant's hand." Bethlehem was in J. Juda is one of the characters in Darius.
A bookseller's sign in Lond., showing J. with the head of Holofernes in her hand. Skelton's Elynour Rumming was "Printed at London by Richard Lant, for Henry Tab, dwelling in Paul's Churchyard at the sign of J." (n.d.).
(= GYULA). A town in Hungary, 120 m. S.E. of Buda-Pesth. Heylyn tells how it was
betrayed to the Turks by its governor, Nicolas Keretsken, who was punished for
his perfidy by Selimus by being put in a barrel stuck full of nails and rolled
up and down till he died. The scene of Whetstone's Promos is laid "in the city
of J., sometimes under the dominion of Corvinus, k. of Hungary and Boemia." Corvinus
reigned 14581491. Shakespeare, in Meas.,
transfers the scene to Vienna.
JULIUS, TEMPLE OF
Probably the Temple of Venus Genetrix, erected by Julius Caesar in the Forum Julium,
is intended. It lay N.E. of the Forum Romanum, in the angle formed by the present
Via de Marforio and Via del Ghetarello. It was begun in 48 B.C. and dedicated
in 46 B.C. In May's Agrippina i. 1,
338, amongst the great buildings of Rome are mentioned "Julius' temple, Claudius'
JUPITER STATOR, TEMPLE OF
At Rome, built by Romulus at the spot where the Romans rallied when on the point
of defeat by the Sabines. It stood by the Porta Mugionis, at the junction of the
Via Sacra with the Nova Via. It was destroyed in Nero's Fire, but was rebuilt.
In Jonson's Catiline, the scene of
iv. 2 and v. 6 is "the T. of J. S." In iv. 2, the Praetor says, "Fathers, take
your places Here in the house of J. the Stayer."