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

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Contents

Fair Portion for a Fair Maid
35
The Lovers Indifference
38
Bachelors Plea against Matrimony
40
Country Lass
41
Warning Piece to England or the Fall of Queen
44
Maidens Nay or I Love not you
46
Sonnet sung before Queen Elizabeth attributed to the Earl of Essex
48
Sonnet on Elizabeth Markhame
49
Young Palmus and fair Sheldra
50
Bishop Thurstan and the King of Scots
51
Marriage of Margaret Daughter of Henry VIII
52
13+Ballad of the Battle of Floddon Field
58
Proper New Song by a Student in Cambridge
59
Address to a Disappointed Lover wearing a Willow branch
63
The Deceased Maiden Lover
64
True Maid of the South
70
The Story of ill Mayday
76
Pleasant History of Alexander and Lodwicke
77
London Lasss Lamentation
85
Courage Crowned with Conquest or Sir Eglamore
86
Lovely Northern Lass
88
Doleful Complaints of Anne Boleyn
89
Fickle Northern Lass
93
Cumpor Hall
94
Princely Song of the Six Queens that were married
95
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 ihe Shepherd Harpalus
110
Shepherds Delight
113
22+ Anne Askew burnt for heresy
114
Northern Lasss Lamentation
115
A Lovers Praise of his Lady
119
24+Description of a most noble Lady Queen Mary
120
Fain would I have a Pretty Thing
122
Ballad from the Romance of Fragosa and his three Sons
125
Maidens Vow that would Marry and knew not how
126
Lamentable Complaint of Queen Mary for the unkind
127
Fair Maniac IIT 24 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
Robin Hoods Meeting and Fighting with
137
The Mad Mans Morrice
139
Queen Elizabeths behaviour at Tilbury
143
Urchins Dance
144
The Elves Dance
145
Old Christmas Returned
146
The Merry Hostess
150
The Famous Battle between Robin Hood and
152
The Little BarleyCorn
156
Robin Hoods famous Archery before Queen Cathe
159
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
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171
Merry Careless Lover
176
The Honour of a London Prentice
178
41 MarriedMans Lesson
182
The Noble Fisherman or Robin Hoods Preferment
183
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
Countrymans Bill of Charges for coming to London
194
Athelgiva
197
Robin GoodFellows Adventures at a Wedding 200
200
40+Lord Russells Farewel
202
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224
Lord Wigmore and the Fair Maid of Dunsmore
226
Death of Iffida
227
Rossalinds Ditty
229
+Venuss Lament for Adonis
230
Robin Hoods Entertainment of the Bishop of Here
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
Hedone
239
Lullaby Song
240
Lullaby Song
241
Lullaby Song
242
The May Pole
243
MayDay Song
245
Symptoms of Love
246
Shepherds Love for Philliday
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
41
258
The New Balow
259
Musidorus and Amadine
263
43
266
The Merchants Son and BeggarWench of Hull
267
Countrymans Lamentation for the Death of his Cow
268
Take Time while tis offered
272
VOL I
273
Song of Quuen Isabel with the Fall of the Spencers
276
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
The Hermit of Warkworth
293
Roman Charity
296
The Dead Mans Song
297
Edward the Third and the Countess of Salisbury
301
Notable Example of an ungracious Son who in pride
304
Ragnar Lodbrach
307
The Winning of the Isle of Man by the Earl
308
The Mercers Son of Midhurst and the Clothiers
311
Mad kind of Wooing
312
Elphins Consolation
313
Banishment of the Dukes of Hereford and Norfolk
315
Nothing to be had without Money
318
47+AngloNorman Drinking Song
320
77 Lewd Life of a Marchants Sonne of London
323
62+Song from the Lords Mask
324
Cadwallo and Elmira
327
Deposition of Richard the Second and his Murder
330
Shepherds Slumber
332
Death of Earl Oswald
336
The Barginet of Antimachus
337
The Lover compareth himself to the painful Falconer
340
Merry Ballet of the Hathorne Tree
342
Elfrida and Sir James of Perth
343
The Woodmans Walk
345
Jack Doves Resolution
349
54+A pleasant new Court Song
350
The Victory of Agincourt
351
Alphonso and Ganselo
354
58+Song by Sir Robert Aytoun
358
The Renewing of Love
360
Cupids Revenge
361
Pleasant Ballad of two Lovers
362
Sir Hugh the Grime
367
his life
374

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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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