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

Volume 2


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077255

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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 2 includes a rondel which Percy ascribes to Chaucer, as well as verses purported to be by Queen Elizabeth I and King Charles I.

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077255
    • length: 382 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 1 music example
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Richard of Almaigne
    2. On the death of K. Edward I
    3. An original ballad by Chaucer
    4. The tournament of Tottenham
    5. For the victory of Agincourt
    6. The not-browne mayd
    7. A balet by the Earl Rivers
    8. Cupid's assault, by Lord Vaux
    9. Sir Aldingar
    10. On Thomas Lord Cromwell
    11. Harpalus, an ancient English pastoral
    12. Robin and Makyne, an ancient Scottish pastoral
    13. Gentle herdsman tell to me
    14. K. Edward IV and the tanner of Tamworth
    15. As ye came from the Holy Land
    16. Hardyknute, a Scottish fragment
    Part II:
    1. A ballad of Luther, the pope, a cardinal and a husbandman
    2. John Anderson, my Jo, a Scottish song
    3. Little John Nobody
    4. Q. Elizabeth's verses while prisoner at Woodstock
    5. Fair Rosamond
    6. Queen Eleanor's coronation
    7. Gascoigne's praise of the fair Bridges
    8. The beggar's daughter of Bednal Green
    9. The sturdy rock
    10. Young waters, a Scottish ballad
    11. Fancy and desire, by the earl of Oxford
    12. Sir Andrew Barton
    13. Lady Bothwell's lament
    14. The murder of the king of Scotts
    15. A sonnet by Q. Elizabeth
    16. The king of Scots and Andrew Browne
    17. The bonny earl of Murray, a Scottish song
    18. Mary Ambree
    19. Brave Lord Willoughby
    20. Victorious men of earth
    21. The winning of Cales
    22. The Spanish lady's love
    23. Argentile and Curan
    24. Corin's fate
    25. Jane Shore
    Part III:
    1. The complaint of conscience
    2. Plain truth and blind ignorance
    3. The wandering Jew
    4. The lye, by Sir Walter Raleigh
    5. Lord Thomas and fair Annet, a Scottish ballad
    6. Corydon's doleful knell
    7. K. John and the abbot of Canterbury
    8. Verses by K. James I
    9. The heir of Lynne
    12. The old and young courtier
    13. Sir John Suckling's campaigne
    14. To Althea from prison
    15. The downfall of Charing-Cross
    16. Loyalty confined
    17. Verses by King Charles I
    18. The sale of rebellious household stuff
    19. Old Tom of Bedlam, mad song the first
    20. The distracted Puritan, mad song the second
    21. The lunatic lover, mad song the third
    22. The lady distracted with love, mad song the fourth
    23. The distracted lover, mad song the fifth
    24. The frantic lady, mad song the sixth
    25. Lilli-burlero
    26. The braes of Yarrow
    27. Admiral Hosier's ghost

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    Thomas Percy

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