Merrie England in the Olden Time

Merrie England in the Olden Time : Vol. 2 (of 2)

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My friends,"-continued Mr. Bosky, after an approving smack of the lips, and "Thanks, my kind mistress! many happy returns of St. Bartlemy!" had testified the ballad-singer's hearty relish and gratitude for the refreshing draught over which he had just suspended his well-seasoned nose, "never may the mouths be stopped (except with a cup of good liquor) of these musical itinerants, from whose doggrel a curious history of men and manners might be gleaned, to humour the anti-social disciples of those pious publicans who substituted their nasal twang for the solemn harmony of cathedral music; who altered St. Peter's phrase, 'the Bishop of your souls, ' into 'the Elder of your souls;' for 'thy kingdom come, ' brayed 'thy Commonwealth come!' and smuggled the water into their rum-puncheons, which they called wrestling with the spirit, and making the enemy weaker! 'Show me the popular ballads of the time, and I will show you the temper and taste of the people.'show more

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  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 10.41mm | 331.12g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508759766
  • 9781508759768