Old Ballads: Historical and Narrative, with Some of Modern Date, Volume 1

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Contents

The Lovers Indifference
38
Bachelors Plea against Matrimony
40
Fair Portion for a Fair Maid 9 Country Lass
41
Maidens Nay or I Love not
46
11+Sonnet to the Virgin Mary 12+ Balade of a Shepharde 13 Sonnet sung before Queen Elizabeth attributed to the Earl of Essex
48
Sonnet on Elizabeth Markhame
49
Bishop Thurstan and the King of Scots
51
Battle of Cuton Moor
58
Young Palmus and fair Sheldra 12 Proper New Song by a Student in Cambridge 13 Address to a Disappointed Lover wearing a Willow branch
63
The Deceased Maiden Lover
64
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70
Pleasant History of Alexander and Lodwicke
77
London Lasss Lamentation 18 Lovely Northern Lass
88
Fickle Northern Lass
93
Prince Edward and Adam Gordon 19 Cumpor Hall
94
Stout Cripple of Cornwall
97
Arabella Stuart
99
Lamentation of John Musgrave executed at Ken dal for robbing the Kings Receiver
102
Anna Bullen
105
Jockie is Growne a Gentleman
107
The Spanish Tragedy 288
108
Complaint of the Shepherd Harpalus
110
Shepherds Delight
113
Northern Lasss Lamentation
115
Fair Maniac
117
A Lovers Praise of his Lady
119
Fain would I have a Pretty Thing
122
Dudley and Lady Jane Grey
124
Ballad from the Romance of Fragosa and his three Sons
125
Maidens Vow that would Marry and knew not how
126
The Bridal Bed
128
Maids Complaint of her Mother
133
The Lordling Peasant
134
Rare example of a Virtuous Maid in Paris burnt for Popery
135
The Mad Mans Morrice
139
Urchins Dance
144
The Elves Dance
145
Old Christmas Returned
146
The Merry Hostess
150
The Little BarleyCorn
156
Good Fellows Frolic
162
London Ordinary or every Man in his Humour
166
Lamentable Ballad on the Earl of Essexs death
167
The Cruel Shrow
170
Merry Careless Lover
176
The Honour of a London Prentice
178
41 Married Mans Lesson
182
True Lovers Knot untied
184
Merry Jest of John Tomson and his Wife
187
Servants Sorrow for the loss of his mistress Queen
191
Death of Allen
192
Athelgiva
197
Robin GoodFellows Adventures at a Wedding
200
40+Lord Russells Farewel
202
True Relation of one Susan Higges executed for Robbery and Murder
203
Maidens Tragedy
209
Song of Richard Coeur de Lion
231
Pithiass Lament for the Loss of Damon
232
Old Tithon
234
ThreeMans Song
235
ThreeMans Song
236
Song from the fair Maid of the Exchange
237
Song by Thibaut King of Navarre
238
Hedone
239
Lullaby Song
241
The May Pole
243
The Kings Disguise and Friendship with Robin
244
MayDay Song
245
Shepherds Love for Philliday
246
Zayde and Zelindaxa
248
Maidens Complaint of her Loves Inconstancy
249
Seldom comes the better
251
40Robin Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow
252
No Constancy in Man
254
Lady Wronged by False Suspect
255
and the Valiant Knight
258
Musidorus and Amadine
259
43
266
The Merchants Son and BeggarWench of Hull
267
Countrymans Lamentation for the Death of his Cow
268
VOL I
273
Wanton Wife of Bath
277
55+Truths Integrity or Love will find out the way
282
Most excellent Ditty of Sampson and the Phi listines
283
David and BathSheba
291
Ragnar Lodbrach
293
Roman Charity
296
The Dead Mans Song
297
Notable Example of an ungracious Son who in pride
304
The Turtle Dove
305
Hirlas Owain or the DrinkingHorn of Owen
307
Salisbury
308
The Mercers Son of Midhurst and the Clothiers
311
Mad kind of Wooing
312
Banishment of the Dukes of Hereford and Norfolk
315
Nothing to be had without Money
318
77 Lewd Life of a Marchants Sonne of London
323
62+ Song from the Lords Mask
324
68+Counsel to a Maid
330
Shepherds Slumber
332
Death of Earl Oswald
333
The Barginet of Antimachus
337
The Lover compareth himself to the painful Falconer
340
Merry Ballet of the Hathorne Tree
342
53+Ancient Hunting Song
343
The Woodmans Walk
345
83 Jack Doves Resolution
349
55+ Venuss Search after Cupid
350
Alphonso and Ganselo
354
58+Song by Sir Robert Aytoun
357
Pleasani Ballad of two Lovers
362

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Page 238 - Altair, then I was really there, or at an equal remoteness from the life which I had left behind, dwindled and twinkling with as fine a ray to my nearest neighbor, and to be seen only in moonless nights by him. Such was that part of creation where I had squatted; 'There was a shepherd that did live, And held his thoughts as high As were the mounts whereon his flocks Did hourly feed him by.
Page 230 - Trowl the bowl, the jolly nut-brown bowl, And here, kind mate, to thee : Let's sing a dirge for Saint Hugh's soul, And down it merrily.
Page 229 - But O, I spy the cuckoo, the cuckoo, the cuckoo ; See where she sitteth : come away, my joy ; Come away, I prithee : I do not like the cuckoo Should sing where my Peggy and I kiss and toy.
Page 230 - Cold's the wind, and wet's the rain, Saint Hugh be our good speed: 111 is the weather that bringeth no gain, Nor helps good hearts in need.
Page 140 - By the moon we sport and play; With the night begins our day: As we dance the dew doth fall; Trip it, little urchins all. Lightly as the little bee, Two by two, and three by three, And about go we, and about go we.
Page 73 - The Two Faithful Friends, the pleasant History of Alexander and Lodwicke, who were so like one another, that none could know them asunder; wherein is declared how Lodwicke married the Princesse of Hungaria, in Alexander's name, and how each night he layd a naked sword betweene him and the Princesse, because he would not wrong his friend, is reprinted from the Pepys collection in Evans's Old Ballads.
Page 15 - The birds sang sweet in the midst of the day ; I dreamed fast of mirth and play ; In youth is pleasure, in youth is pleasure. Methought I walked still to and fro, And from her company I could not go ; But when I waked, it was not so : In youth is pleasure, in youth is pleasure.
Page 320 - Phoebus so In walking in the air ; That down I laid me by a stream With boughs all over-clad, And there I met the strangest dream, That ever shepherd had. Methought I saw each Christmas game, Each revel, all and some, And every thing that I can name, Or may in fancy come.
Page 333 - But thus in tearmes both graue and wise, His minde he gan to tell. Friend, muse not at this fond aray, But list awhile to me: For it hath holpe me to suruay What I shall shew to thee.
Page 336 - The poor man's back is cracked ere long; Yet there he lets him lie! ' And no degree, among them all, But had such close intending; That I upon my knees did fall, And prayed for their amending. ' Back to the woods I got again, In mind perplexed sore: Where I found ease of all this pain; And mean to stray no more!

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