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

Volume 1

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  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108077248

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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 1 contains texts such as 'The Ancient Ballad of Chevy Chase' and 'The Jew's Daughter', as well as ballads which influenced or illuminate the work of Shakespeare.

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    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108077248
    • length: 378 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Dedication
    Preface
    Essay on the ancient English minstrels
    Part I:
    1. The ancient ballad of Chevy-Chase
    2. The battle of Otterbourne
    3. The Jew's daughter
    4. Sir Cauline
    5. Edward, Edward
    6. King Estmere
    7. Sir Patrick Spence
    8. Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne
    9. The tower of doctrine
    10. The child of Elle
    11. Edom o' Gordon
    12. An elegy on Henry, fourth earl of Northumberland
    Part II. Ballads that illustrate Shakespeare:
    1. Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly
    2. The aged lover renounces love
    3. A song top the lute in musicke
    4. King Cophetua and the beggar-maid
    5. Take thy old cloak about thee
    6. Willow, willow, willow
    7. Sir Lancelot du Lake
    8. Corydon's farewell to Phillis
    9. Gernutus the Jew of Venice
    10. The passionate shepherd to his love
    11. Titus Andronicus's complaint
    12. Take those lips away
    13. King Leir and his three daughters
    14. Youth and age
    15. The frolicksome duke
    16. The friar of orders gray
    Part III:
    1. The more modern ballad of Chevy Chace
    2. Death's final conquest
    3. The rising in the north
    4. Northumberland betrayed by Douglas
    5. My mind to me a kingdom is
    6. The patient countess
    7. You meaner beautyes
    8. Dowsabell
    9. The farewell to love
    10. Ulysses and the syren
    11. Cupid's pastime
    12. The character of a happy life
    13. Unfading beauty
    14. Gilderoy
    15. Winifreda
    16. Jemmy Dawson
    17. The witch of Wokey
    18. Bryan and Pereene
    19. Gentle river, gentle river
    20. Alcanzor and Zayda
    Glossary.

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    Thomas Percy

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