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Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - Second Series   By: (1879-1939)

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FIRST SERIES. Ballads of Romance and Chivalry.

'It forms an excellent introduction to a sadly neglected source of poetry.... We ... hope that it will receive ample encouragement.' Athenæum .

'It will certainly, if carried out as it is begun, constitute a boon to the lover of poetry.... We shall look with anxiety for the following volumes of what will surely be the best popular edition in existence.' Notes and Queries .

'There can be nothing but praise for the selection, editing, and notes, which are all excellent and adequate. It is, in fine, a valuable volume of what bids fair to be a very valuable series.' Academy .

'The most serviceable edition of the ballads yet published in England.' Manchester Guardian .


Second Series. Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth

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A. H. BULLEN 47 Great Russell Street London. MCMIV

'What man of taste and feeling can endure rifacimenti , harmonies, abridgments, expurgated editions?'



Preface ix Ballads in the Second Series x Additional Note on Ballad Commonplaces xvi

Thomas Rymer 1 The Queen of Elfan's Nourice 6 Allison Gross 9 The Laily Worm and the Machrel of the Sea 12 Kemp Owyne 16 Willie's Lady 19 The Wee Wee Man 24 Cospatrick 26 Young Akin 32 The Unquiet Grave 41 Clerk Colven 43 Tam Lin 47 The Clerk's Twa Sons o' Owsenford 56 The Wife of Usher's Well 60 The Great Silkie of Sule Skerrie 63 Clerk Sanders 66 Young Hunting 74 The Three Ravens 80 The Twa Corbies 82 Young Benjie 83 The Lyke Wake Dirge 88 The Bonny Earl of Murray 92 Bonnie George Campbell 95 The Lament of the Border Widow 97 Bonny Bee Ho'm 100 The Lowlands of Holland 102 Fair Helen of Kirconnell 104 Sir Hugh, or The Jew's Daughter 107 The Dæmon Lover 112 The Broomfield Hill 115 Willie's Fatal Visit 119 Adam 123 Saint Stephen and King Herod 125 The Cherry Tree Carol 129 The Carnal and the Crane 133 Dives and Lazarus 139 Brown Robyn's Confession 143 Judas 145 The Maid and the Palmer 152 Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight 155 A Noble Riddle Wisely Expounded 159 Captain Wedderburn 162 The Elphin Knight 170 King John and the Abbot 173 The Fause Knight upon the Road 180 The Lord of Learne 182 The Bailiff's Daughter of Islington 202 Glenlogie 205 King Orfeo 208 The Baffled Knight 212 Our Goodman 215 The Friar in the Well 221 The Knight and the Shepherd's Daughter 224 Get Up and Bar the Door 231

Appendix 235 The Grey Selchie of Shool Skerry 235 The Lyke wake Dirge 238 Index of Titles 245 Index of First Lines 247


The issue of this second volume of Popular Ballads of the Olden Time has been delayed chiefly by the care given to the texts, in most instances the whole requiring to be copied by hand... Continue reading book >>

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