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Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, and Other Pieces of our Earlier Poets

Volume 3


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077262

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  • While visiting a friend, the writer and cleric Thomas Percy (1729–1811) noticed a neglected folio whose pages were being used by the maids to light the fire. Upon inspection, this manuscript was found to be a seventeenth-century collection of historical ballads. Following this discovery, Percy collected further ballads and songs from a number of sources, which he published in this three-volume work in 1765, although ultimately only a quarter of the texts he presented came from that original manuscript. Although this work proved to be incredibly popular, Percy's idiosyncratic editorial practices also received much criticism. The collection centres on historical ballads and romances, demonstrating the development of language, customs and traditions, to which Percy added contemporary ballads for his readers' enjoyment. Volume 3 includes ballads of Sir Gawain, King Arthur and St George and the Dragon, and contains the additions and corrections to all three volumes.

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077262
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.55kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. The boy and the mantle
    2. The marriage of Sir Gawaine
    3. King Ryence's challenge
    4. King Arthur's death, a fragment
    5. The legend of King Arthur
    6. A dittye to hey downe
    7. Glasgerion
    8. Old Sir Robin of Portingale
    9. The gaberlunzie man, a Scottish song
    10. Child waters
    11. Phillida and Corydon
    12. Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard
    13. The ew-bughts Marrion, a Scottish song
    14. The knight and shepherd's daughter
    15. The shepherd's address to his muse
    16. Lord Thomas and fair Ellinor
    17. Cupid and Campaspe
    18. The lady turned servingman
    19. Gil Morrice
    Part II:
    1. Legend of Sir Guy
    2. Guy and Amarant
    3. The shepherd's resolution
    4. Fair Margaret and sweet William
    5. Barbara Allen's cruelty
    6. Sweet William's ghost, a Scottish ballad
    7. Sir John Grehme and Barbara Allen, ditto
    8. The bailiff's daughter of Islington
    9. The willow tree, a pastoral dialogue
    10. The lady's fall
    11. Waly, waly, love be bonny, a Scottish song
    12. The wanton wife of Bath
    13. The auld good man, a Scottish song
    14. Lady Isabella's tragedy
    15. A hue and cry after Cupid
    16. The king of France's daughter
    17. The sweet neglect
    18. The children in the wood
    19. A lover of late was I
    20. The king and the miller of Mansfield
    21. Dulcina
    22. The wandering prince of Troy
    23. The witches song
    24. Robin Good-fellow
    25. The fairy queen
    26. The fairies farewell
    Part III:
    1. The birth of St George
    [2.] George Barnwell
    2. St George and the dragon
    3. Love will find out the way
    4. The baffled knight, or lady's policy
    5. Why so pale
    6. The Spanish virgin, or effects of jealousy
    7. The aspiring shepherd
    8. Constant Penelope
    9. To Lucasta, on going to the wars
    10. Valentine and Ursine
    11. The dragon of Wantley
    12. St George for England, the first part
    13. St George for England, the second part
    14. Lucy and Colin
    15. Margaret's ghost
    16. The boy and the mantle, revised
    Additional notes to Volume 1
    Additional notes to Volume 2
    Additional notes to Volume 3
    To the binder.

  • Editor

    Thomas Percy

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