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Ballads of Romance and Chivalry Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - First Series   By: (1879-1939)

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In "Ballads of Romance and Chivalry Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - First Series," Frank Sidgwick does an exceptional job of showcasing the beauty and power of traditional ballads. This collection brings together some of the most captivating and well-known ballads from the medieval era, taking readers on a journey to a time of knights, fair maidens, and epic quests.

Sidgwick's meticulous research and passion for preserving these ballads shines through in his insightful introductions to each piece. This not only provides valuable context but also enhances the overall reading experience. The author's explanations regarding the historical and cultural significance of each ballad give readers a deeper understanding of the themes and motifs present throughout the collection.

One element that sets this book apart is Sidgwick's focus on the musicality of the ballads. As a scholar of music and poetry, he skillfully analyzes the rhythmic patterns and structures that make these ballads so enchanting. For those interested in the musical aspect, there is even sheet music provided for the ballads, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the melodies that would have accompanied these tales in their original form.

The selection of ballads itself is both diverse and engaging. From the well-known "Robin Hood and the Monk" to lesser-known gems like "Bonny Baby Livingston," Sidgwick presents a wide range of narratives that highlight various aspects of romance and chivalry. The emotional depth and timeless themes explored in these ballads make them resonate with readers even in the modern age.

While some readers might find the language and style of these ballads challenging at first, Sidgwick's translations and annotations help bridge the gap, making these traditional works accessible to a wider audience. His efficient use of footnotes allows readers to delve further into specific historical references or unfamiliar words and phrases, enhancing the educational aspect of this collection.

Overall, "Ballads of Romance and Chivalry Popular Ballads of the Olden Times - First Series" is a captivating anthology that successfully showcases the enduring appeal of traditional ballads. Frank Sidgwick's thoughtful curation, meticulous research, and keen analysis illuminate the beauty and significance of these ancient tales. Whether you are a lover of medieval literature or simply interested in exploring rich narratives steeped in history, this collection deserves a prominent place on your bookshelf.

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[Transcriber's Note:

The printed text used small capitals for emphasis. These have been replaced with marks where appopriate. Missing lines were shown by rows of widely spaced dots (single lines) or asterisks (longer sections). They are shown here in groups of three:

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Variant forms such as "Maisry" : "Maisery" or "Text(s)" : "The Text" are unchanged. Brackets are in the original, except when enclosing footnotes or illustration markers. Errors are listed at the end of the text.]

[Illustration: Facsimile of the Percy Folio MS. ( British Museum , Addit. MS. 27, 879, f. 46 verso ). Glasgerion, first three verses (see p. 2), annotated by Percy. The full page is 15¼ x 6 inches.]



First Series. Ballads of Romance and Chivalry

'What hast here? Ballads? 'Pray now, buy some.'

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

'La rime n'est pas riche, et le style en est vieux: Mais ne voyez vous pas que cela vaut bien mieux Que ces colifichets dont le bon sens murmure, Et que la passion parle là toute pure?'

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