[ilds] sacring-bell (OED)

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Tue May 4 08:20:20 PDT 2010

Hello all,

Durrell left behind intriguing notes for his lecture on Joyce at CalTech 
(see Carbondale), but Miller was vituperative in his dislike of Joyce, 
though he did integrate passages from (then) "A Work in Progress" 
directly into /Tropic of Cancer/.  I don't know if I'd say they used 
Joyce as a model, but his presence was certainly felt.

I believe there's a real cases for reading the closing lines of the 
Quartet as a parallel to the opening of /Portrait of the Artist/ (Once 
upon a time), and my students this term were keen on comparing Joyce's 
/Portrait/ with Durrell's /Panic Spring/ and Orwell's /Keep the 
Aspidistra Flying/.  It's hard for folks to avoid Joyce...


On 30/04/10 12:26 PM, William Apt wrote:
> Bruce:
> Durrell's friend Patrick Leigh Fermor is, I think, as bad as Durrell in
> that department.  And like Durrell, he is just as enchanting to read.
> And the grandpappy of arcane vocabulary is Joyce, is it not?  Miller
> liked to use offbeat words just for the sake of using them.  Is
> it simplistic to suggest that Miller and Durrell were merely taking
> Joyce as their example?  If yes, then another theory is that guys like
> Fermor, Durrell, and Miller, as formidable autodidacts, make up for
> feelings of insecurity attributable to the absence of a university
> education by becoming super
> scholars.  Explorer/translator/linguist/anthropologist/ writer/ diplomat
> Richard Francis Burton could also be placed in this category.
> On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Bruce Redwine
> <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net <mailto:bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>> wrote:
>     Charles,
>     Thanks for the citations from the OED and the 1850 dictionary.
>       Apparently "sauncing bell" is a variant of "sacring bell,"
>     although the OED doesn't note as such, but that's undoubtedly an
>     oversight.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altar_bell.  I'm not
>     familiar with the term in Catholic liturgy; I assume it's also an
>     uncommon usage in the Anglican service.  So, what's Durrell's
>     source? "Heytpood's Rapt of Lucrcc" (sic)?  Which must be a botched
>     spelling of Thomas Heywood, who did compose /The Rape of Lucrece/
>     (1608).
>     The human mind is a wondrous thing, particularly LD's, but it's hard
>     for me to imagine the old guy lugging around a liturgical term from
>     his days in London (or earlier) and using it in 1959, when writing
>     Clea.  Has anyone tried to account for L. Durrell's weird vocabulary
>     and to generalize that into a theory about him and his method of
>     composition?
>     Bruce
>     On Apr 29, 2010, at 5:06 PM, Charles Sligh wrote:
>>     sacring-bell (OED, 2nd edition)
>>>     1. A small bell rung at the elevation of the host.
>>>     1395 E.E. Wills (1882) 5, I bequethe a chales and a pax~bred,..and a
>>>     sacrynge belle. 1449 Churchw. Acc. Yatton (Somerset Rec. Soc.) 90
>>>     For
>>>     a rop for the sacryng bell, iiiid. 1502 Acc. Ld. High Treas. Scot.
>>>     (1900) II. 343 Item, for tua small sacryne bellis, tane at ane
>>>     cremar.
>>>     1584 R. SCOT Discov. Witchcr. V. iii. (1886) 76 He heard a little
>>>     saccaring bell ring to the elevation of a morrowe masse. 1846 R.
>>>     HART
>>>     Eccl. Rec. 225 The sacring bell, which was rung at the elevation of
>>>     the host. 1884 Sunday at Home Feb. 102/2 No latticed
>>>     confessional{em}no sacring bell.
>>>        ¶2. In post-Reformation times, sometimes applied to a small bell
>>>     rung to summon parishioners to morning prayers, or to mark the point
>>>     in the Communion Service at which the people should go up to
>>>     communicate.
>>>     1598 DRAYTON Heroic Ep. III. 71 Who would not rise to ring the
>>>     Mornings Knell, When thy sweet Lips might be the sacring Bell?
>>>     1641 I.
>>>     H. Petit. agst. Pocklington 2 He hath caused a Bell to be hung up in
>>>     his Chancell, called a Sacring Bell, which the Clarke always
>>>     rings at
>>>     the going up to second Service. 1766 ENTICK London IV. 75 A lantern,
>>>     which..incloses the sacring-bell, to call the parishioners to
>>>     prayers.
>>     sacring (OED, 2nd edition)
>>     Also 3-6 sacringe, 4 sakryng, -ring, 4-6 sacryng(e, sakeryng(e, 5
>>     sacryn, sacreng, sakering(e, saycrying, sac(c)aring, Sc. sacryne. [f.
>>     SACRE v.1 + -ING1.]
>>        1. The consecration of the eucharistic elements in the service of
>>     the mass. Sometimes more fully, the sacring of (the) mass.
>>     1297 R. GLOUC. (Rolls) 6818 Ri{ygh}t atte sacringe he stod as be
>>     lowe In
>>     {th}e churche at westmunstre. 13.. Coer de L. 222 And whene the belle
>>     began to ryng The preest scholde make the sakeryng, Out of the kyrke
>>     sche wolde away. c1375 Lay Folks Mass Bk. (MS. B) 400 {Th}en tyme is
>>     nere of sakring, A litel belle men oyse to ryng. c1380 WYCLIF
>>     Serm. Sel.
>>     Wks. I. 137 Bitwene {th}e sacringe of {th}e masse and {th}e {th}ridde
>>     Agnus Dei. c1451 AGNES PASTON in P. Lett. I. 217 And on Friday after
>>     sakeryng, one come fro cherch warde, and schoffe doune all that was
>>     thereon. 1482 CAXTON Trevisa's Hidgen IV. xxxii. 222b, The grayel and
>>     the offretory sholde be sayde to fore the sacrynge [MSS.
>>     sacrement; L.
>>     sacrificium]. 1550 CRANMER Defence 101 What made the people to
>>     runne..from altar to altar, and from sakeryng (as they called it) to
>>     sakeryng? a1571 JEWEL On Thess. iii. 5-10 (1594) 90 It is a small
>>     matter
>>     to looke vp and holde vp thy handes at the sacring. 1584 R. SCOT
>>     Discov.
>>     Witchcr. XV. xxvii. (1886) 376 Words..written in the canon, or
>>     rather in
>>     the saccaring of masse. 1626 Scogin's Jests (? 1680) 12 By and by the
>>     Bells were tolled for sacring, and Scogin hied him to Church
>>     lustily and
>>     merry. 1871 ROSSETTI Poems, tr. Villon's Mother's Service to our Lady
>>     ii, Oh help me, lest in vain for me should pass..The blessed Host and
>>     sacring of the Mass.
>>        {dag}b. concr. Used for: The consecrated elements.
>>     c1290 S. Eng. Leg. I. 358/105 Muche folk {th}are was in Rome
>>     {th}at in
>>     guode bi-leue nere Ne bi-lieueden nou{ygh}t {th}at {th}e sacringe ore
>>     louerdes licame were. 1448 M. PASTON in P. Lett. I. 72 [The Parson of
>>     Oxened] being at messe in one Parossh Chirche, evyn at levacion of
>>     the
>>     sakeryng.
>>        2. The ordination and consecration of persons to certain
>>     offices, as
>>     those of bishop, king, queen, etc.
>>     1297 R. GLOUC. (Rolls) 2318 Ac him sulf him crounede & made him
>>     king so
>>     His sacringe was lute wor{th} & na{th}eles it was ydo. c1380
>>     WYCLIF Wks.
>>     (1880) 393 {Th}e clerkis han many grete & smale
>>     perquisitiuys,..as..for
>>     halowynge of chapels..& for sacrynge of ordres, & fulle many mo.
>>     c1450
>>     Merlin vi. 105 We wolde that his sacringe and coronacion be
>>     respite to
>>     Penticoste. 1496 Dives & Paup. (W. de W.) VII. xviii. 305/1 Yf the
>>     offycer of ye bysshop axe of custome ony gyft..in sacrynge of
>>     bysshopes..yf they yt sholde be..sacred gyue theym suche
>>     gyftes..is it
>>     symonye. 1672 TEMPLE Ess., Govt. Wks. 1731 I. 98 The Sacring of the
>>     Kings of France (as Loysel says) is the Sign of their Soveraign
>>     Priest~hood, as well as Kingdom. 1814 SOUTHEY Roderick XVIII. 107 For
>>     acclamation and for sacring now One form must serve. 1902 Q. Rev.
>>     July
>>     356 The fullest development of the service for the sacring of the
>>     French
>>     Kings is contained in the Coronation Book of Charles V.
>>        {dag}3. gen. The action of consecrating. Obs.
>>     1610 W. FOLKINGHAM Art of Survey Ep. Ded. 2, I will screw-vp this Key
>>     with the prostrate sacring of my selfe..at the Shrine of your
>>     gracious
>>     Clemencie. 1613 PURCHAS Pilgrimage II. viii. 136 Elias Leuita
>>     describeth
>>     the forme of sacring or hallowing their Teraphim in this sort.
>>        4. Comb. as sacring time, SACRING-BELL.
>>     1482 CAXTON Trevisa's Higden VIII. xix. 414 The lyeutenaunt..forth
>>     with
>>     commanded that euery man shold kepe his wepen in his hond sacryng
>>     tyme
>>     and other. 1577-87 HOLINSHED Chron. III. 946/2 Those that..held
>>     not vp
>>     their hands at the sacring time. 1594 T. BEDINGFIELD tr.
>>     Machiavelli's
>>     Florentine Hist. (1595) 198 The time of the execution should be at
>>     the
>>     sacring time of Masse.
>>     A dictionary of archaic and provincial words (1850)
>>     http://books.google.com/books?id=DmYPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA706&dq=%22sancing+bell%22&lr=&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1400&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1960&as_brr=0&ei=sB3aS52PB5HsyATDxZznCQ&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22sancing%20bell%22&f=false
>>     <http://books.google.com/books?id=DmYPAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA706&dq=%22sancing+bell%22&lr=&as_drrb_is=b&as_minm_is=0&as_miny_is=1400&as_maxm_is=0&as_maxy_is=1960&as_brr=0&ei=sB3aS52PB5HsyATDxZznCQ&cd=1#v=onepage&q=%22sancing%20bell%22&f=false>
>>>     SAUNCE-BELL. A sacring-bell. See Sacriny.
>>>     Now what Is love I will the tell.
>>>     It la the fountaineand the well.
>>>     Where pleasure and repentance dwell;
>>>     It is perhaps, the sancing-bell,
>>>     That rings all into heaven or hell.
>>>     And this Is love, as I heare tell.
>>>     Heytpood's Rapt ofLucrccc, I. 3
>>     --
>>     ********************************************
>>     Charles L. Sligh
>>     Assistant Professor
>>     Department of English
>>     University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
>>     charles-sligh at utc.edu <mailto:charles-sligh at utc.edu>
>>     ********************************************
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