HUBERT WATSON, CLASSICAL SCHOLAR.
level of Hubert's scholarship is evoked
by the following letter which appeared in the Times on June 4th 1997
from Hubert Picarda, QC.
me sore when Homer nods":
But when Page blunders, O ye Gods!
If qinquaginta's really short,
Let boys unlearn the rules he taught.
The Editor's neat reply, declining publication "with compliments and regrets", at least avoided a trisyllabic ending to the pentameter:
Ne coram populo mendosum corrige,
lector, Offendat quamvis Pagina, parce seni.
Of scholar's faults let not the world be told,
If Page has blundered, reader, spare the old.
According to Watson, in Jabberwocky etc. (More English Rhymes with Latin Renderings. 1937), Page, then well into his eighties, "was not a little upset when he realised the mistake he had made".
Hubert Picarda Lincolns Inn, WC2
|Editor's note: The above is cribbed from page 65 of "Jabberwocky etc, (English Rhymes with Latin renderings) By H.D.Watson, privately printed 1937|