384 Poems et there are very few which I do not find I unde^tand the better for having done this—on Saturday night last at the Hotel Zeeland at Flushing, finding myself in a meditative mood, I wrote the following with a good deal less trouble than I anticipated when I took pen and paper in hand. I hope I may improve it." Of course I liked the sonnet very much and he did write " a fei& more "—among them the two on Handel which I have put- after " Not on sad Stygian shore " because he intended that they should follow it. I am sure he would have wished this volume to close with these three sonnets, especially because the last two of them were inspired by Handel, i&ho was never absent from his thoughts for long. Let me conclude these introductory remarks by reproducing a note made in 1883 : " Of all dead men Handel has had the largest place in my thoughts. In fact I should say that he and his music have been the central fact in my life ever since I was old enough to know of the existence of either life or music. All day long—whether I am writing or painting or walking, but always—/ have his music in my head ; and if 1 lose sight of it and of him for an hour or two, as of course I sometimes do, this is as much as I do. 1 believe I am not exaggerating when I say that I have never been a day since I was 13 without having Handel in my mind many times over." Translation from an Unpublished Work of Herodotus And the Johnians practise their tub in the following manner:—They select 8 of the most serviceable freshmen and put these into a boat and to each one of them they give an oar; and, having told them to look at the backs of the men before them, they make them bend forward as far as they can and at the same moment, and, having put the end of the oar into the water, pull it back again in to them about the bottom of the ribs ; and, if any of them does not do this or looks about him away from the back of the man before him, they curse him in the most terrible manner, but if he does what he is bidden they immediately cry out: " Well pulled, number so-and-so."