Ancient Songs and Ballads from Henry II to the Revolution Volume 1

Ancient Songs and Ballads from Henry II to the Revolution Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 edition. Excerpt: ... Royal Garland," by T. D. 1681; and in " The Garland of Good 'Vil1," by T. D. 1688, all in the Pepysian library. From these it should appear, that Deloney was author of Fair Rosamond, one of the best of the old English ballads. The "Garland of Good Vill" appears to have been originally published before 1596-It is extant in the Pepysian library, and was till very lately what is called a chap-b00k-In the Of the merits of Anthony Munday as a ballad writer, we have no opportunity to judge; not a single specimen of his abilities in that line being now to be discovered. V. The number of ancient printed songs and ballads' which have perished must be considerable. Very few exist of an earlier date than the reign of James, or even of Charles the first. Being printed only on single sheets, which would fall chiefly into the hands of the vulgar, who had no better method of preserving their favourite compositions, than by pasting them upon the wall 1', their destruction is easily accounted for.-"The practice of collecting them into books, did not take place till after queen Elizabeths time, and is probably owing to Johnson and Deloney, who, when they were 'advanced in years, and incapable perhaps of producing any thing of merit, seem to have contented themselves with collecting their more juvenile or happier compositions into little penny books, entitled Garlands: of these, being popular and others reprinted, many are still extant, particularly in the Pepysian library. same collection is " The Garland of Delight, &c. by Thomas Delone," and " The Royal Garland of Love and Delight, by T. D." A still scarcer work is, " Strange histories, or songs and sonnets, of...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236923782
  • 9781236923783