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

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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?'

Molière, Le Misanthrope , I. 2.


Preface ix Introduction xvii Ballads in the First Series xliii Glossary of Ballad Commonplaces xlvi List of Books for Ballad Study lii Note on the Illustrations lv

Glasgerion 1 Young Bekie 6 Old Robin of Portingale 13 Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard 19 The Bonny Birdy 25 Fair Annie 29 The Cruel Mother 35 Child Waters 37 Earl Brand 44 The Douglas Tragedy 49 The Child of Ell 52 Lord Thomas and Fair Annet 54 The Brown Girl 60 Fair Margaret and Sweet William 63 Lord Lovel 67 Lady Maisry 70 The Cruel Brother 76 The Nutbrown Maid 80 Fair Janet 94 Brown Adam 100 Willie o' Winsbury 104 The Marriage of Sir Gawaine 107 The Boy and the Mantle 119 Johney Scot 128 Lord Ingram and Chiel Wyet 135 The Twa Sisters o' Binnorie 141 Young Waters 146 Barbara Allan 150 The Gay Goshawk 153 Brown Robin 158 Lady Alice 163 Child Maurice 165 Fause Footrage 172 Fair Annie of Rough Royal 179 Hind Horn 185 Edward 189 Lord Randal 193 Lamkin 196 Fair Mary of Wallington 201

Index of Titles 209 Index of First Lines 211


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