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A Book of Old English Ballads

A Book of Old English Ballads by George Wharton Edwards
By: (1859-1950)

A Book of Old English Ballads by George Wharton Edwards is a stunning collection of traditional English folk songs, beautifully illustrated with intricate black and white drawings. The book takes readers on a journey through the history and culture of old England, showcasing the lyricism and emotion of these timeless poems set to music.

Edwards provides a brief introduction to each ballad, offering insight into the context and themes of the songs. His illustrations add another layer of depth to the text, bringing to life the characters and scenes depicted in the ballads.

The selection of ballads included in the book is varied and encompasses a wide range of themes, from love and betrayal to adventure and tragedy. Each ballad is rich in imagery and emotion, making this collection a truly immersive reading experience.

Overall, A Book of Old English Ballads is a beautifully crafted anthology that will appeal to lovers of poetry, folklore, and English history. Edwards' exquisite illustrations and thoughtful commentary add to the charm of this timeless collection, making it a must-read for anyone interested in the richness and beauty of traditional English ballads.

Book Description:
In this selection... the aim has been to bring within moderate compass a collection of these songs of the people which should fairly represent the range, the descriptive felicity, the dramatic power, and the genuine poetic feeling of a body of verse which is still, it is to be feared, unfamiliar to a large number of those to whom it would bring refreshment and delight.


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