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A Bundle of Ballads   By: (1822-1894)

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A Bundle of Ballads by Henry Morley is a remarkable collection of traditional folk ballads from various countries and eras. Morley, an esteemed scholar and professor of English literature, has painstakingly compiled and annotated these timeless poems for the enjoyment and enrichment of readers.

The book consists of a captivating selection of ballads, each possessing its distinct charm and narrative power. Morley's careful curation ensures a diverse range of themes and emotions, ranging from comedic tales to tragic and love-laden stories. As one dives into the pages, they are transported to different times and places, encountering fascinating characters such as knights, maids, ghosts, and fairies.

What makes this anthology truly special is Morley's meticulous attention to detail. Alongside the poems, he provides historical context, explains obscure references, and even delves into the variations of each ballad. This enables readers to fully appreciate the complexity and depth of these traditional verses, illuminating their cultural significance and evolution over the years.

Morley's own poetic prowess shines through his translations and adaptations of the ballads. Through his expert command of language, he seamlessly renders these ancient verses into accessible, modern English, while still retaining the essence and beauty of the originals. This allows readers to connect with the emotions and ideas expressed by the ballads' anonymous composers, despite the passage of time.

In addition to the extensive textual content, A Bundle of Ballads features intricate illustrations that complement the tales. These visual accompaniments offer glimpses into the fantastical worlds depicted within the verses, further capturing the imagination of the reader.

While this anthology will undoubtedly appeal to fans of traditional folk songs and poetry, it also has a broader appeal. The universal themes and timeless narratives explore love, loss, heroism, and the human condition in a way that resonates with readers of all backgrounds and interests. The relevancy and power of these ballads persist, transcending the boundaries of time and culture.

In conclusion, A Bundle of Ballads is an exquisite collection that showcases the richness and sheer beauty of traditional folk poetry. Henry Morley's passion and expertise shine through every page, inviting readers on a journey through centuries of storytelling. Whether one is a lover of literature, history, or simply seeking a captivating read, this anthology is a must-have for any bookshelf.

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A BUNDLE OF BALLADS

Edited By Henry Morley

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION CHEVY CHASE CHEVY CHASE (the later version) THE NUT BROWN MAID ADAM BELL, CLYM OF THE CLOUGH, AND WILLIAM OF CLOUDESLIE BINNORIE KING COPHETUA AND THE BEGGAR MAID TAKE THY OLD CLOAK ABOUT THEE WILLOW, WILLOW, WILLOW THE LITTLE WEE MAN THE SPANISH LADY'S LOVE EDWARD, EDWARD ROBIN HOOD KING EDWARD IV. AND THE TANNER OF TAMWORTH SIR PATRICK SPENS EDOM O' GORDON THE CHILDREN IN THE WOOD THE BEGGAR'S DAUGHTER OF BETHNAL GREEN THE BAILIFF'S DAUGHTER OF ISLINGTON BARBARA ALLEN'S CRUELTY SWEET WILLIAM'S GHOST THE BRAES O' YARROW KEMP OWYNE O'ER THE WATER TO CHARLIE ADMIRAL HOSIER'S GHOST JEMMY DAWSON WILLIAM AND MARGARET ELFINLAND WOOD CASABIANCA AULD ROBIN GRAY GLOSSARY

INTRODUCTION BY THE EDITOR.

Recitation with dramatic energy by men whose business it was to travel from one great house to another and delight the people by the way, was usual among us from the first. The scop invented and the glee man recited heroic legends and other tales to our Anglo Saxon forefathers. These were followed by the minstrels and other tellers of tales written for the people... Continue reading book >>




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