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En ti)c possession of George Baniel, of Canonbnrn. 

■ Oidoongs, old Talci, and or. old Jc; 
Our stomachs easiliest digest." 


LONDON, 1806. 

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If any portion of our literature be more generally interesting 
than another it is ancient ballad lore. How many events historical 
and domestic do we owe the knowledge of to this source. Battles 
have been fought, and heroes immortalised in its expressive and 
inspiring strains ; and the sports, pastimes, manners, customs, and 
traditions of our forefathers have received from it some of their 
most important and curious illustrations. Scholars, critics, and 
antiquaries have rendered good service to literatiire by snatching 
from oblivion those precious relics of legendary poetry which 
would have been lost to posterity but for their well directed labours 
of love. They have made us familiar with the thoughts, sympa- 
thies, and language of our ancestors. We follow them to the tour- 
nament, the border foray, the public hostelrie, and the domestic 
hearth. We glow with their martial spirit and revel in their rude 
festivities ! 

The chief characteristics of an ancient ballad are simplicity and 
force. With the minstrels of the olden time the impulses of the 
heart were the inspirations of the muse. Yet in this absence of 
study and polish, thoughts of exquisite beauty, felicity of expres- 
sion beyond the reach of art, and rare pathos surprise and delight 


US at every turn. Many ballads quoted by Shakespeare, Beaumont 
and Fletcher and Samuel Rowlands {''dew of Kind Gossips") 
extend not beyond a single verse, yet how suggestive are they! 
Many (as if to tantalise bibliographical curiosity !) are limited to a 
line. It was such penny broadsides that composed the marvellous 
" bucch " of the military mason of Coventry, and that stocked the 
pedlar's pack of Autolicus ; and their power of fascination may be 
learnt from the varlei's own words when he laaghiug'y brags how 
nimbly he lightened the gaping villagers of their purees while 
chanting to them his merry trol-my-dames ! 

We delight in a Fiddler's Fling full of mirth and pastime ! and 
revel in the exhilarating perfume of those odoriferous chaplets 
gathered on sunshiny holidays and star-twinkling nights bewail- 
ing how beautiful maidens meet with faithless wooers, and how 
fond shepherds are jilted by deceitful damsels. How despairirg 
Corydons hang, and how desponding Phillidas drown themselves. 
How ghosts haunt and iafliet vengeance. How disappointed lovers 
go to eea, and how forlorn lasses follow them in jackets and 
trousers ! Sir George Etheridge, in his comedy of " Love in a 
Tub," says, " Expect at night to sea the old ican with his paper 
lantern and crack'd spectacles, singing you woeful tragedies to 
kitchen-maids, and cob^ilers' apprentices." Aubrey mentions that 
his nurse could repeat the his'ory of England, from the Conquest 
to the time of Charles I. in haUads. In Walton's Angler, Piseator 
having caught a chub, conducts Venator to " an honest alebcuse 
where they would find a cleanly room, lavender in the windows, 
and twenty ballads stuck about the wall." " When I travelled," 
says The Spectator, " I took a particular delight in hearing the 
songs and fables that are come from father to son, and are most in 
vogue among the common people of the countries through which I 

A'erse sweetens toil however rude the sound. 

We would not part with those primitive " moralities" " Goody 
Two- Shoes," " Mother Bundi," md " The Cruel Uncle" that 

charmed our childhood for all the dry, hard, husky essays on 
political economy that utilitarianism ever penned I 

Listen to mee, my lovely Shepherd's joye. 

And thou shalt beare with mirth and muokle glee, 

Some pretie tales, which, when I was a boye. 
My toothlesse grandame oft hath told to mee. 

In these " very proper ditties " and " pleasant posies " theladje- 
love was extolled, the Popish priest lampooned, the rebel reviled, 
the sovereign deified, the shrew shewn up, the hen- pecked husband 
pilloried, and the most rare monster on two legs and on four 
moralised as a judgment upon the nation, and a warning to the 
wicked ! Winding up with a prayer for the Queen ! Even 
Tyburn's noose had its muse. 

The Britons, from an early period, were a ballad-loving people. 
The ancient English Minstrels who succeeded the Troubadours 
sang songs of their own composing to the sound of the harp- 
These were, in part, if not wholly, French or Proveo gal. Eichard I., 
who was himself a minstrel, wrote verses in that tongue, some of 
which are extant. For many ages " trumpeters, Inters, harpers, 
singers, &c.," contributed to the national amusement. No state 
ceremony or religous festival, no castle or tavern was complete 
without them. The art of printing was a heavy blow 1o extem- 
poraneous lyrics chanted by wandering gleemen to hum-drum 
tunes. Such careless compositions— though ihey might satisfy the 
ear, would not bear the critical ordeal of the press ; and a better 
sort of ballad-mongers and ballad-singers superseded them. 
" The Downfall of Thomas Lord Cromwell," in 1540, is quoted by 
Kitson as the oldest printed ballad known. It has been repriated 
by Dr. Percy, and we believe is now in the library of the Society 
of Antiquaries. 

Itinerant vocalism had its pains and penalties. In 1537 one 
John Hogon was arrested for singing publickly a political ballad 
contrary to the proclamation of 1533 for the suppression of "fond 
Looks, ballads, rhymes, &c." And ten years af'erwardd, owing to 

their increasing circulation, the legislature passed an act against 
" printed ballads, plays, rhimes, songs and other fantasies." The 
government of Edward VI. was tolerant to this popular literature ; 
but Queen Mary, a month after her accession to the throne, re- 
opened the penal fire, and " printers and stationers " with " an 
evil zeal for lucre, and covetous of vile gain " were warned by royal 
edict to abandon their unlawful calling. 

Propitious to the Smithfield Muse was the reign of Elizabeth ! 
Ballad singing was in all its glory ! Then flourished Tarleton, 
Antony Munday, Johnson, Delony, and Elderton. The latter lyrist 
was wont to "arm himself with ale when he ballated," and upon 
him was written the following epitaph; — 

Hie situs est sitiena atque ebrixis Elderfonus, 
Quid dioo, hiu situs est? hie potius sitis est. 

Which iH thus translated by Oldys : — 

Dead drunk here Elderton dolh lie : 
Dead as he is, he still is dry : 
So of him it may well bi; said. 
Here he, but not his thirst is laid. 

Skelton, at an earlier period, had kept the press alive with his 
merry ballads, but these sweet singers literally inundated it. So 
profitable was their calling, that Henry Chettle, in his "Kind 
Hart's Dreame,' circa 1592, says, " There is many a tradesman of 
a worshipfuU trade, 'yet no stationer, who after a little bringing 
uppe apprentices to singing brokerie, takes into his shoppe some 
freshmen, & trustes his olde servautes of a two months standing 
with a dossen of ballads. In which, if they prove thriftie, ha 
makes them prety chapmen, able to speed more pamphlets by the 
state forbidden, than all the booksellers in Loudon." 

Nicholas Breton (" Pasquil's Night-Cap," IGOO) advises prose- 
men to take up the m^re thriving trade of writing penny ballads. 
Every London street had its vocalist ; and Essex (where Dick and 
Wat Winibars two celebrated trebles are said to have got twenty 
shillings a day by singing at Brain treofair) and the adjoining coimtiea 

'twould seem in particular to have patronised this " upstart genera- 
tion of ballad-singers." This peripatetic harmony however had its 
jarring notes of discord, Philip Stubbes the puritan, in his " Ana- 
tomy of Abuses," denounces fiercely " Songs, filthy ballads, and 
scurvy rhymes." Bishop Hall (see Virgedemiarum, 1597) lashes 
the " drunken rimer " (probably the " peerless Elderton " !) who 

Sees his haudselle have such fdire successe. 
Sung to the wheel, and sung uato the pajle. 

. Chettle gives no quarter to certain licentious ballads, viz., 
*' Watkins Ale, The Carmans Whistle, Chopping Knives, and 
Frier Fox-taile," and Shakespeare has his satirical hit at " metre 

The Carmen of ancient times made "the welkin dance," and 
"rouzed the night-owl" with their uproarious catches, which 
Justice Shallow, " ever in the rear-ward of the fashion," palmed 
upon "the over scutcht huswives" as his own "fancies, or his 
good nights." 

The Spinsters and the knitters in the sun, 

and the mOk-maids were chanters of ancient ballad?. So too were 
the weavers. In Deloney's History of Jack of Newbery the 
Weavers song is thus introduced: "Then came his highness? 
(Henry VIII., who was upon a visit to Jiick) where he saw a 
hundred looms standing in one room, and two men worldng in 
every one, who pleasantly sung in this sort," Whether tQe carmen 
of the present day are as musical as of yore we know not. But 
this we know that the song of the spinster, the milkmaid, and 
the knitter, "pillow and bobbins all her little store," is still to be 
heard in the remote, retired and rural village that the lailrcad has 
not yet invaded, and in daisy-dappled fields respited for a season 
from a brick-and-mortary end ! 

In the succeeding reign " halluoi-hroliiiry " contiBued in lull 
bearing ! 

Koighls aiiddiimes, urJ goblius hairy, 
Qiauts rude aud guutle fairj, 

were as plentiful and as popular as ever. Eut in process of time the 
old metre-men passed away, and when Charles I. became King a new 
race succeeded to their titlsf*, though they maintained very indif- 
ferently their honors. The most prolitic of these was Martin 
Parker a Grub-street scribbler, to whom our much-abused friend 
i' fonda Elderton " was a Swan of Helicon to a Tailor's Goose- 
And in his wake followed an inferior fry (Price, Wade, Climsel, 
and Guy) to whom even Martin himself was a Triton of the min- 
nows ! In fecundity they kept pace with their predecessors, and 
poured forth merry medicines for melancholy. Daring the Usur- 
jation, the people^ who had been arbitrarily deprived of their 
ainusfments by the iron harjd of treason and fanaticism, found 
r<fiige in the penny ballad, in which the cup dity, hjpocriey^ 
and cant (f their oppressors were happily exposed aLd ridiculed. 
And while tho stage, that had been trodden by Shakes- 
peare and his "fellows," was s eruly prohibited, the well- 
graced actor silent and pining in poverty, and the may- 
pde and its flowery garlands prostrate and withered, the daik 
narrow streets and low-roofed dingy hostelries and houses of 
ancient London rang with these mirth-moving madrigals ! 

The Eestoration brought back with it Theatres and May-games, 
and England joyfully resumed her ancient title of " Merrie." But the 
old-fashioned minstrelsy of the million had seen its best days, and 
diversions more generally attractive put ballad-singing somewhat 
in abeyance. Old songs were now gathered into Garlandd, and 
reprinted as Chap Bocks adorned with " new and proper sculp- 
tures," and in this more permanent .shape were fortunately preserved 
to posterity. The Pepysian and Bodleian libraries are rich in these 
interesting tiny tomes, and in that of the writer there are many 
curious specimens. St. Bartlemy and Frost Fairs, Party Politics 
and Tyburn Tree still found congenial occupation for a goodly 
host of garretteers — 

So«B of a Day ! just buoyant on tbo flood, 
Then number'd with tlie puppies in the mtid. 
AA ye thair names ? I cuuld as soon disclose 
The names of these blind puppies as of those. 

And I>tic/c Lane and its " kindred cobwebs," The Eing in Little 
Britain, The Three Bibles, and the Black Boy on London Bridge, 
and The Golden Ball in Pie Corner were the Heliconian founts 
whence poured their inspirations which made old London vocal and 

Be&ing'd the walls of Bedlam and Soho. 

The accomplishments of the bygone ballad-singer are graphically 
described by Brathwaito in his " Whimsies.^' " Now he counterfeits 
a natural base, then a perpetual treble, and ends with a counter- 
tenure. You shall heare him feigne an artfall straine through the 
nose, purposely to insinuate into the attentionof the jjtirer brother- 
hood." And in a rare tract, " Nimble and Quick, Pick and Chiise 
vjhere yoit, tvill," without date, we have a quaint specimen of his 
phraseology, " I love strong beer twice in the year, that is sum- 
mer and winter. Ballad-singers have the most honest trade in the 
world f jr money : it is also an ancient and honorable calling, for 
Homer also was one." Ben Jonson, in his "Bartholomew Fair," 
introduces ^Nightingale a ballad-singer, who asks Cokes whether ho 
shall sing his ballad to the tune of Paggington's (J,c. Packingt( nS) 

The street ballad-singers of the present day are no imprcvemen . 
upon their predecessors^ The elaborate blackguardism ard gin- 
and-fog voices of these excruciating screech-owls speak little f-T 
the boasted march of intellect. 

Than old ballad lore nothir g is more coveted or more rare. A 
bunch of broadside Elizabethan ballads is a prize that the owner 
of the choicest lilriry would ride " booted to the groin " to add to 
hia bibliographical treasures ! Kitson bears testimony to their 
uncommon scarcity. "Very few," he remarks, "exist of an 
earlier date than the reigns of James, or even of Charles I. Being 
printed only on single sheets, which would fall chiefly into the 


hands of the vulgar, who had no better method of preserving their 
favourite compositions than by pasting them upon the wall, their 
destruction is easily accounted for." Is it too much to believe 
that the cosey spirit of Captain Cox might have hovered over the 
very few that are still extant, and saved them from the cook who 
" hissing hot ! " would have pinned them to the Michaelmas 
Goose to keep it from singeing, or the simple sempstress who 
would have metamorpho&ed them into thread papers? 

The five volumes of old ballads bequeathed by the locomotive 
inquisitive, sight-seeing Samuel Pepys to the University of Cam- 
bridge are chiefly of the reigns of Charles I. and II. They are 
thus classed in the precise and perpendicular caligraphy of the 
collector. " Heroic, Eomantic, Hunting, Love pleasant. Love 
unfortunate." A few are very ancient, and were put forth by the 
well-beloved Richard Lant, of black-letter memory, and that 
" courteous dame " the celebrated "Widow Toye, The Eoxburghe 
collection in three large volumes folio (now in the British Museum) 
contain some ballads printed before 1600; but the far greater 
number are of a more recent date. In the year 1820, when the 
last part of Mr. Bindley's wonderful library was sold, four lots of 
old ballads and broadsides printed between 1640 and 1088, 
and collected by Narcissus Luttrell, produced the startling 
sum of Seven hundred and eighty-one pounds! The 
Rawlinson collection, a considerable one, is worthy of 
its far-famed depository, the Bodleian library. The Pociety of 
Antiquaries possess a goodly number, garnished with a few of the 
sixteenth century. The Rev. Dr. Bandinel of Oxford, Sir Frederic 
Madden of the British Museum, Mr. J. P. Collier and Mr. Ilalli- 
well have a covetable sprinkling. The late Mr. Heber rejoiced in 
the largest number of Elizabethan broadsides that were ever sold 
by public auction. They formed part of that bunch which came 
into the prsseseion of the writer through a private source, and who 
disposed of them to the late eminent bookseller Mr. Thorpe for a 
very large sum. They are chiefly of a religious aud moral charac- 


ter and insufferably tedious and dull. Mr. Thorpe sold them to 
Mr. Heber, at whose death Mr. Miller (now also no more !) pur- 
chased them; and they " stick fiery off indeed" iuhis magnificent 
library, -which we understand is destined one day to become the 
property of some national institution 

The following collection consists of Seventy Elizabethan Black- 
Letter Ballads published between the years 1559 and 1597, all of 
which editions are presumed to be unique. But a very few of 
them have been reprinted, and these with important variations, 
consequently they are as rare as manuscript. Among them are 
" The Crow sits upon the wall,^' written by Tarleton the Court 
Jester who " undumpished" Queen Elizabeth. It is quoted by 
Msilvolio in " Twelfth Night." The first and second parts of 
" The faire Widow of Watling Street," upon which is founded the 
play attributed to Shakespeare — "A New Ballade of a Lover 
ExtoUinge his Lady," 1568, with the music. " Mother Watkins 
ale" aaathematised by Chettle ! " Tlie true discription of a mar- 
vellous siraunge Fishc" that formed one of the multifarious items 
in the pack of Autolicus — and " The Daunce and Song of Death" 
particularly referred to by Mr. Francis Douce in his last beautiful 
edition of The Dance of Death. That eminent antiquary in 
suinmer days when leaves were green would take a trip to Canon- 
bury and discourse most eloquently upon these marvels of the 
muse, which, from their perfect and spotless condition 
would seem to have been carefully rolled up and 
Iccked up for more than two hundred years! To those who 
can appreciate them it would be superfluous to enlarge upon their 
curiosity and value ; while to those who have no taste for such 
recondite and rare relics it would be uselets. To the writer they 
are precious indeed ! Ancient Ballad lore was his early, constant, 
most delightful study. And now 

Age cannot wither it> nor custom stale 
Its infinite variety. 

B 2 

The ■writer caDnot concludo this brief introduction without 
acknowledging how much he is indebted to two literary friends, 
Mr. Staunton and Dr Eimbault, for their kind assistance in ascer- 
taining the dates of many of the Ballads, by the printer's name. 
To them tliis laborious task has, in truth, been a labour of love. 

Canoubury, June 14, 1856. 





euentp 93lacfe = JLetter 3SallaD0, 


a llchje tSallatre. 

Fiiiis. Quod. B.M. 1559. 

The " metre-ballad-monger " warns Elizabeth against the " forked cap " 
(the Pope) ; bringing before her the example of her " Progmitours." Ihe 
burden of the song is very ancient, viz., " Lady, Lady, moste dere Lady. • 

(A copy of this " newe baUade," is preserved among the broadsides in 
the library of the Society of Antiquaries. Query— Was " R. M." Richara 
Mulcaster ?) 

€'^t SSaontins of ©iifllantt. 

1559. Finis. Q. L A. 
Imprinted at London by John Awdeley. 

Alluding to the death of Edward VI. ; the accession of Mary to the 
throne ; the restoration of the Roman Catholic religion in England ; and 
its fall, on the accession of Queen Elizabeth. 

(One of the numerous productions, in " ballad lore." 'of the rhyming 
printer John Awdeley.) 


^ Irtscrtption of a monstrous dtf^^XUt, borne at Cl^gcftesln' in 
g»u6sri, t]&e xxiiii. trage of iHas- 1562. ^Tj^is teing t^e berg 
Iengt]& anlr tggnes of t^c same. 

Quod. Jhon. D. 
Imprinted at London, by Leonard Askel for Fraunces Godlyf. In the yeare 
of cure Lorde. 1562. 

[Woodcut of a child at the top. Verse and Prose.] 

(Tn the Stationers' Registers, under the date 1561-2, is preserved this 

putry. " Kd. of Fraunces Godlyfe, for his lycense for pryntinge of the 

picture of a monsterus chylde wch was bowrne in Suffolke " [no sum]. 
Probably the clerk, by mistake, wrote " Suffolk " for " Sussex." 
" John D." we believe to have been John Demyll, author of " A merry 
prognostication," licensed to W. Pickering in 1566 7.) 


^ lieto Ijallalr against Santjrifts. 

Finis, Quoth W. F. 

Imprinted at London at the long Shop adjoining unto Saint Mildreds 
Chuiche in the Poultry, by John Aide. 

(Entered in the Stationers' Books in 1561 2. " W. F." was, in all pro- 
bability, William Fulwood, the author of the " Supplication to Elderton," 
and many other broadsides.) 


C^e Stiape of, 2 /Bosters. 1562. 

Amen. q. "W. F. 
Imprinted at London at the Long Shop in the Pultry by John Aide. 

LWoodout at the top of t^vo pigs, inclosed in a plain border. Prose and Verse.] 

(" W. F." §Mery— William Fulwood ?) 


€^e tme reporte of tfie forme antr sfiape of a monstrous c^inrc. 
tome at fHucl&e fl^orfeeslrjje. a btUage tfiree mgles from €ol= 
cficstcr, in tfic Countge of dSmx, tf)t 21 trage of aprgU in 
tftis Vitavt. 1562. 

O, prayse God and blesse his name 
His mightye hand hath wrought the same. 
Imprinted at London in Fletestrete nere to S. Dunstons church by Thomas 

^ [Wooacutof achildatthe top. Verse and Prose.] 


Cfte licsfriptiott of a monstrous |Jig, tfjc tofiirfi teas farrotorlt 
at ?ijamstc& tcsgtre ilontion. tftc 16. tray of ©ctotrr tl&ts 
present geare of our ILov'O ©olr 1562. 

Imprinted 'at Lo)idon by Alexander Lacy for Gaiat Dewes, dwellyng in 
Ponies church yarde, at the East end of the Church. 

CWoodeut of a pig, the fore part anil Ihc back part, at tho top. Prose.] 

(John Aide had a license to print " the picture of a monsterus pigge, ' 
in 1661-2, which was piobably the " llampHttad rig, above dcfcribed ) 


CDe true trwcription of a moiistefoiia ci&Bllre mmt in m He of 
mxiqi)t in tW pveseiit Brate of oufc ILortr OSotr 1564, tf)c 
montf) of ©rtobn-, after tfjis forme, toitfi a rlustev of long 
fieare atout tfte tiabell. Cfje fatftcfs name is ^James IJoTjnsun, 
ill tl&e parse of jfrestoater. 

Fiiiis quod John Barkar. 

Imprynted at London in Fletestrete : at the Sygne of the ^aucmi, by W3 1- 

liam Gryffith, and are to be solde at his Shop in Samt Dunston's Churchyaide, 

in the west of London, the 8. day of November. 

[Woodcut of the lower parts of a child, and another of the chUd itself at the top. Verse 

and rrose.] 

( The entry of this ballad in the Stationers' Books is curious :-"Rd. of 
William Greffeth, for his lycensefor pryntinge of a pycture of a chylde borae 
in the He of Wyghte with a cluster of grapes about ye navM, mj. 


a most pleasant ISallatt of patient Orissell. 

To the tune of the Brides good morrow. 

[Woodcut border— top, bottom, and end.] 

rThe original ballad of " The Bride's Good-morrow," which furnished 
the tune for the present ballad, is reprinted in Mr. J. P. Collier's volume 
of " Roxburghe Ballads." Owen Rogers had a license in 15(,5-G, to print 
" the sounge of Facyente Gressell," which may probably be the one in our 
list ; but the subject was a common one.^ 

Cj&e if antasifs of a troutleU mannes fjeatr. 

Finis. T. C. 
(Alexander Lacy had a license to print this ballad in 1505 (j. Its 
author was probably Thomas Churchyard.) 

a S)trife tettoeen appelles antr l^igmalian. 

( WiUiam Griffith had a license to print " A ballad of A ppelles and Tyg- 
malyne, to the tune of the fyrst Apelles," in ]5(, Th.8 was undoubt- 
edly the one in our Catalogue. A song 'to the tune of Apell's, is n 
Barnaby Googe's " Poems," printed in 1563. It was therefore an estab- 
lished favourite.) 

aimig]&tB (SoU I prag. I&is ^olg spirite to senlr : 

Cf)e just mannrs tiart stetrfast to staj). nnti toicfeeft Ubes to menu. 

Imprinted at London, witlwut Aldersgate, iu little BriUin : by Alex. Lucy, 
the 10. of August, 1566. 



Cfjr true Iriecriptton of a (StUliss toitft Kuffcs totuc m Ifjf jjaris^ 
of iHtrfjffjain in tje ©ontie of ^urreg in t^c grrrc of ovr 
HorD I06G. 

The for part and the back part. 

Finis, q. H B. 

Imprinted at London hy John Aide and Eicharde Johnes and are to be solde 

at the Long Shop adjoining unto S. Mildreds Churohe in the Puitris and at the 

litle .shop adjohiing to the Northwest doore of Paules Churche. Anno domini 

1566 the 20, of August. 

[VVooJcut rif a child (the fore part nnrl thp back parf) inclosed in a plain border at the top 
Prose and Vergo. The whole of iho above is repeated on the other side.] 

(A popular ballad of the seventeenth century, " Pride's Fall, or a 
Warning to all English- Women," gives us a similar instance of mon- 
Btioslty : — 

About his neck & flaunting ruff. 

It now had gallantly,' 
Starched witli wliite and blew, 

Seemlj- unto the eye : 
With laces long and broad. 

As now are womens bands. 
Thus heavy, wanton pride 
First in God's anger stands. 
In 1587, Henry Carre had a license to print "a nevre balled, iatituled 
" Stowp gallant," concerning a child borne with great Ruffes. ') 

a (!^oliii) Jjallatr Ucrlaring tg t^e STripttires tfie plap?s 
tftat tabe insurlr tujofflromj;. 

Finis. A. T. 
Imjniiiled at London at the long Shop adjoining unto Sainot Mildreds 
Church in the Poultrie bj' Jolm Aide. Anno Domini 1566. Xoveiobris 25. 


Cfjc Inic iifsrription of ttoo monstrous r^iltrren, latofuili) if- 
gotten licttDfrnc OScorgc S'trbcns antr JHargeric fjis ffiSapfr, anir 
iorjic \\\ tfjc parisfi of Slwantnrne in ISurfepngfiamsfiijrf. t^c 
4 of aprill. anno IBomini. 156G. tfjr ttoo rf)titrrnt Jjabrng botf) 
tfjfir brlics fast jojjnctr togrtl&cr, anti imtirarwug one an otfjrr 
hiitfj tfifir annrs : tofjicft cfjilUren lucr botft a l\)bc tij t^e spare 
of fialf an fjolucr, an& \&n t^aptijcir ani» namrir X%t one JJofin, 
aiiD tfjf otfjer Joan. 

Finis, q John Mellys Nov. 

Imprinted at London by Alexander Lacy, for William Lewes : dwellj-ng in 
Cow Lane, above Holborne cundit, over against the signe of the Plough. 

[Woodout of two children at the top, inclosed in a plain border. Plain border all roatid 
Verso. J 

(In tlie previous year Thomas Colwell printed " The true description of 
two monsterouB chyldrcn, bonie at llcrno, in Kent, the 27 dale of Augusts 

ill the year of our Lord 1565. They were booth women ehyldrt-D, and 
were chrystened and ly ved half a daye. The one departed before the other 
almoste an howre." It is entirely prose, with a woodcut of the two chil- 
dren, united at the stomach.) 


a ^roprr ilcto fialaU of tljc Brgfter dBtffmt. 

Taken out of the fourth booke of Kinges the V. Chapter. 
To the tune of Kynge Salomon. Finis Q. George Mali. 
Imprinted at London in Fletestreate beneath the Conduit, at the Signe of S. 
John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. 

[Woodcut border in the centre. J 

(This ballad was licensed by the Stationers' Company in 15G6-7. The 
story of Gehazi is in what we now call the Second Book of Kings. " A 
Ballett of Kyng Salomon," probably the original of the tune here referred 
to, was licensed in 1-559-60.) 


Sl&c forme anlr sO'ipf of a IHonetrous il^inr, toruc at 
ifWaijtrgtonc in Stent, tfje 24. of ©rtotcv. . 1568. 

As ye this sliape abhorre So flee such Vices farre 

In body for to have : As might the Soule deprave. 

In gods power To fashion even 
all flesh stands as he wyll, 

As the clay in the In good shape 
Potters hands. or in yll. 

Imprinted at London by John Awdeley, dwellyng in little Britain Streete 
without Aldersgate. The 23. of December. 

LWoodcut of acliiia, the fore part and the back part, inclosed in a woodcut border. I'lain 
border all round, i'rose and Verse.] 

(John Sampson (rt!ia5 Awdely), the printer, was probably the author of 
this production. It is net named in Smith's " Bibliotheca Cantiana.") 


HLfit HJaunce avits Song of II3eat1D- 

[A Woodcut with twentj- figm-es, and five verses In black-letter.] 

sa iiletoc ISallatie of a Hober ©itoUinge W tiatrar. 

To the tune of Damon and Pithias. 
Finis. Q. M. Qsb. 
- Imprinted at London, in Fletstrete at the signe of the Faucon by Wylliam 
Gryffith. 1568. 

A very passionate and beautiful ballad ; the burden of wliich is, " Or 
els for love I die." 

[Music at the top-plain border all round— border, with figures in the centic. j 

(This ballad was licensed to Thomas Colwell in 1562-3. The tunc is 


a Bsio iSallaire intgluIcJ) 
0ootf jFpIIoIdcs must go Ipatne to Banntc. 

Imprinted at London ; in Flete Streete at tlie Sigiie of the Faucon, by 
Wylliam Gryffith, and are to be solde at his shoppe inS. Dunstoues Churchyarde. 

[With a^oodcut of prood follows drinking aad dancinp:; ricli border in thn centre, &c.] 

(Entered on the Stationers' Books in 15G7-8.) 


% proper nctD ialaU tn praise of mg ILitik JWarqucs, ioljosc 
licat^ is liciaailcO. 

To the tune of new lusty gallant. Finis Q. W. Elderton. 
Imprinted at London in Fletestreat beneath the Conduit, at the signe of 
S. John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. 

[Rich woodcut border of saints, &c , at the top; woodcut at the bottom.] 

(Entered on the Stationers' Books in 1568-9. The tune is contained in 
William Ballet's Lute Book, MS. in Trinity College, Dublin.) 

(Tliis lady was probably Elizabeth, daughter of Sir AVilliam Capel, lit.. 
Lord Mayor of London, and wife of William Paulet, first Marquis of 


©f tfft fiorvibh ani tooful iSegtruction of Soltomc aifj 

To the Tune of the nine Muses. 
Imprinted at London by Richard Johnes for Henrie Kyrkham, dwellyng al 
llie signe of the blacke Boy : at the middle North dore of Paules ChurJu. 

[Pliiin border all round, woodcut burdtr in the c ntre.] 

(Alexander Lacy had a license to print a ballad upon the same subject 
in 1568 9. 'Jhe tune of " The Nine Muses" is mentioned in Robinson's 
" HandefuU of Pleasant Delitee," 1581, but it is not known at the present 


2Cf)f tnir tJisn-tption of tftis marfaetlous gtraungs .iFisJ^c, bljirfj 
inas tafefii on t^ursIraB teas eenntgfjt, tfje 16. aag of Jfmir. 
tljis pwgent inontft, tn tfjc scare of our ILorir <J5otr 15G9. 

Fininis. Qd. C. E. 

Imprinted at London, in Fleetstreate. beneath the conduit, at the signe of 
.Saint Jolin Evangelist, by Tliomas Colwell. 

The identical broadside " Of a fish," mentioned by Autolicus as forming 
an item in his multifarious pack. See " Winter's Tale," act iv, scene 3. 

[AVoodcut of a fish, inclosed in a plain border at the top. Prose description inclosed in 
a woodcut border.] 

(" On the 11 of October (1568) were taken in Suffolke, at Downam 
bridge, neere unto Ipswich, eifihteene monstrous fishts, .some of them con- 
taining eight and twcntie foote in length, the other 24 or 21 foote in 
length at tlic least." — Stows Aminles, 1122. A prose description of tlic.-<e 
" strange ti.slies " was printed by Colwill in the same yt-ar. A copy is 
pr.servtd in the Miller ColUctiuu. " C It." was prolmbly Clemint Uobtsi- 
son, the author of- I'leasant Sonnets and btojici iu Metre, ' &.c.) 



Cfie ^llagnes of iaortttimtn-Iaiiif. 

To the tune of Appelles. 
Finis. Q. Jolin Barker. 
Imprinted at London in Fleetestreate beneath the Conduyt, at the signe of 
Saint John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. -^ 

[Woodcut at the top. Woodcut border in the centre.] 

(Colwell had a license to print this ballad in 3560-70. It, of course, has 
reference to the Rebellion in the North, like Churchyard's " Discourse of 
Rebellion," and many other productions of this date. "Apelle8"wa8 a 
popular tune as early as 1563, but it is not known at the present time.) 


ia iaWats tntitulclr, prepare gc to t^e ^Ploluc. 

To the Tune of Pepper is blacke. 
The Queene holdes the Plow, to continew good seede, 
Tiustie sulijectes be readie to heipe if she neede. 
W. Elderton. 
Imprinted at London, in Fleete streete, by William How, for Richard 
Johnes: and are to be solde at his shop, joyning to the Southwest doore of 
Paules C'hui-ch. 

[Plain border all round, and In the centre. Woodcut device at the end.] 

(The registers of the Stationers' Company record this ballad under the 
date of 1569 70. It is not mentioned among Elderton's numerous pro- 
ductions. The tune of " Pepper 's black " is preserved in the " English 
Dancing Master," 1651.) 


JfoBfiill l^ctDcs for true g<ul)ifctfs to <So& anti tfft Crotone : 
^f)e Ketrllrs ave coolelr, tfftit ISraggcs it put trolone. 
Come ID^Jitttllc ge Itototie, come Iftumtle ije trotone, 
?3nforee nolo fiuimgt ge : to tl&e ©ueen aiiti tfte Croton. 

Finis. W. Kyrkh. 
Imprinted at London in Fleetstreete, by Wyllyam How : for Ricliard Johnes. 

[riain border all round. Woidcut border in the centre.] 

(Entered in the Stationers' Books in 1569-70.) 

a berg proper tiittte. 

To the tune of Lightlie love. 

Leave Lightie love Ladies, for feare of yll name : 

And True love embrace ye, to pm-chace your fame. 

Finis. By Leonarde Gybson. 

Imprinted at London, in the upper end of Fleet lane, by Richard Jhones : 

and are to be solde at his shop joyning to the Southe west Dore of Saint 

Paules Church, 1570. 

[Plain border all round. Woodcut device at beginning and end.] 

(Thtrt intcrc^ing ballad has bt'cn reprinted (from Mr. Daniel'.s copy) ia 
Chappells " Popular Music of the Ulden Time." Leonaid Gibson was the 


author of a ballad entitled " L. Gibson's Tan tara wherein Danea welcommetii 
home her lord Diaphon from the war," in Kobinson's " Uandefull of Pleasant 
Delitea," 1584 ; and of several other pieces mentioaed by Kitfon. The 
tune of " Light o' Love " is twice mentioned by Shakgpeare (" Two Gen- 
tlemen of Verona," act i. ec. 2, and •' Much Ado About Nothing," act. iii. 
so. 4). The musical notes are preserved in William Ballet's Lute Book, 
MS. in Trinity College, Dublin ; and- in " ilu>iick's Delight on the 
Cithren," 1666 ) 


an ©pitap]& on tfte ircatft of tfft bet'ttious iHatrone, tf)t JLaiiie 
Maiou^u, late Ingfe to tl&c rtgl&t p^onoratle ilorire S^Ifiaitiifr 
saitenct, aorlJ Maiov of tjc €itte of ilontron, tojo tifcrnscii 
m VM UU of ijulg 1570. 

Post Funera vivit virtus. Quoth John PhUlip. 
Imprinted at London by Eicharde Johnes. 

[Woodcut border all round. Initial letter with device.] 

(John Phillip is mentioned by Ritson as the author of the " Cleomenes 
and Juliet," 1577 ; but he knew nothing of the present ditty. Heber had 
a ballad by the same writer, entitled " A Cold Pye for the Papistes." His 
name occurs more than once in our Catalogue.) 

a netoe ISallalte intttulctr, against IJetcIIious aiitr false 

To the newe tune of the Blacke Almaine, upon Scissillia. 
Finis. Q. Thomas Bette. 
Imprinted at Loudon, in the Fletestreat at the signe of the Faucon by Wyllittiu 
Gryffith, and are to be sold at his Shoppe in Sainct Dunstones Chtirch- 
yaide. 1570. 

Alluding to France " spoyled in Kuth and feare," whence " Flemmingea 
fled from Tirantes hands," and to false forebodings of " much trouble in 
the laud." (England). 

[\Voodcut device at beginning and end — Woodcut border with figures in the centre. 

( The author of this ballad is not named, by any bibliographer. 1 hi.-t is 
the earliest notice of a tune that will be mentioned again in our Catalogue.) 


a BallaiJ rf jaasjingc tftt solraine fall, 
©f Kftcis tfiat ti^ousiSt to ItfbolDer iiB all. 

Imprinted at London, in Fleeto streete, by William How, for Henry Kirkham, 
and are to be solde at his shop at the middle North dooro ot Panics Churclie. 

In reference to the rebellion of the Earls of Westmorland and Northumber- 
land, and their papistical doings : — 

The Bibles they did rend and teare, like Traytours to the Crowne. 

[I'lnin border under the title, and in the centre.] 

(Entered on the Stationers' Books in 1570. Kirkham'e ear lie8t publica- 
tion, recorded by Ilerbtrt, is dated 1573) 


Cftc brainelffj tlrssing of f^z ISuII 

Cfjc l&ontcs, t$e l^ca&s atitr all. 
iltgl&t on t^eir sptnt egetr Bfeonses full 

CSat fiotoctfj tl^tr Btipcs to ISall. 

Imprinted at S. Katherina beside the Tower of London, over against tlic 
Bcare dannce, by Alexander Lacie. 

An epistle to the Pope, abusing him and his Bulls, and the Koman 
Catholics in general. 

[Plain border nil round. Devices at beginning nnd end ] 

(Entered in the Stationers' Books in 1570 1. The Bull here alluded to 
was that which Felton placed on the gate of the palace of the Bishop of 
]-ondon, May 20, 1570, and for which he was afterwards executed ) 

HLfft pope in W furj) Uotfj ansstocr retnnic, 
Co a Icttfr ge tolfttc^ to Home is late eome. 

Finis. S. P. 

Imprinted by Alexander Lacie for Henry Kyrliham, dwelling at the Sipie 
of tlie black Boye, at the middle North dore of Paules Church. 

A supposititious and satirical answer from the Fope to " The brainless 
blessing," letting out the secret that of the said " Blessing " the famous 
sweet singer of Grub-street, Wylliam Elderton, was the author. 
Of this once notorious ballad-monger the following is a description by a 
contemporary, 1582. See "Reports of the Death and Martyrdome of M. 
Campion, Jesuit, &c." : — 

Fond EUerton, call In thy foolish rhime, 

Thy scmill balates are to bad to sell; 
Let good men rest, and mende thyself in time ; 

Confess in prose, thou hast not metred well ; 
Or if thy folly cannot choose but fayne 
Write alehouse toys, blaspheme not in thy vain. 

[Plain border all round.] 

(Stephen Peele (supposed to be the fether of George Peele, the dra- 
n\ati8t) was the author of the present ballad. Another effusion of his on 
the same subject, entitled 

" A letter to Kome to declare to the Pope 
John Felton his friend is hang'd in a rope ; 
And farther, a right his grace to enforme. 
He dyed a papist and seem'd not to turne," 

was in the Heber Collection. It has been reprinted in Mr. Payne 
Collier's " Old Ballads from Early Printed Copies." Percy Society, 1840, 
p. 65 



CJc, 25, ©r&fvs of jFooIcs, 

Finis, q. T. G. 
Imprinted at London by Alexander Lacie, for Hem-ie KjTkhaiDi'dwell3'ng at 
the Signe of the blacke Boye : at the middle North dove of Paules Church. 

[Plain border all round; devices in the ceutre.] 

(" The XXV Orders of Knaves," forms a division of Awdely's '• Fra- 
ternitie of Vacabondes," printed in 1560. In 1570, Henry Kirkham had 
a license to print " A Ballad intituled the XX Orders of Fooles," which is 
undoubtedly the one in question. T. G. was probably Thomas Gibson, 
a well-known writer of such productions.) 


a pleasant poste, or S'tofft iloscgai) of fragrant emrllang 
;^IotDrr3 : gatSffrtr iu tfjr ©arirm of l&cabcnig pleasure, tfte 
tiolg antr tlcssftr ISiblf. 

To the tune of the Black AlmajTie. Finis. John Symon. 
Imprinted at London, by Richard Johnes : dwellyng in the upper end of 
Fleet lane. 1572. 

[Plain border all round.] 

(The name of John Symon is nowhere mentioned as a ballad writer. 
The " Black Almayne " was a popular tune, but it has not been pre- 


a ISallatr IntitnlelJ, a i^rtoc todl atiap, 

as plagnc niaistrr ^Papist, as Donstabic toaye. 

Finis W. E. 
Imprinted at London in Fleetstrete beneatli the Conduit, at tlie signe of S 
John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. 

Alluding to the rebellion in the north (1584). The burden of this 
ballad is : — 

Well a daye, well a daye, well a daye woe is mee 
Syr Thomas Plomtrie is hanged on a tree. 

[Woodcut border in tho centre, and all round. Tailpiece.] 

(A was granted by the Stationers' Company for the printing of 
" the seconde Well-a-daye," in 1566-7, so the title must have been com- 
mon. Shakspeare mentions the tune of Welladay. W. E. was, of course, 
that prolific ballad-monger William Elderton.) 


anc nfto tallct srt out tie ane jfugittbc Scotttsman tftat flett out 
of ??art6 at tfjis lait ftturtl&er. 

Finis Quod Simpell. 
Imprentit at Sanctandrois be Robert Lekpriuik, Anno. Do. 1572. 
This ballad is written on the massacre of St. Bartholomew, and names 
C'atharine de Medicis as the guilty cause of it. The " ane Fugitive " tlm« 
counsels Elizabeth : — 

Now wyse Quene Elizabeth l«ik to your self 
Uispite them, and wryte them, ane bill of defyance. 


ane Complaint upon jf ortonn. 

Finis, quod Sempill. 

Imprintit at Edinburgh be Eobert Lekprewicke, dwelling at the Netherbow. 

(Kobert Semple, the writer of this and the precxding ditty, was the 
author of a number of very interesting ballads on Scottish history. Many 
are preserved in the library of tlie Society of Antiquaries. Mr. J. P. 
Collier is about to reprint them.) 


Mn (JFpttapfj on tffz treaty of t^e Ktgl&t tonoralilc anti bcrhtous 
ilortJ i^rnry 21i21rislej), tfie notle <!?aile of Sioittfjampton. 
SlSilfjo ItPtfj intnTflr at ©onclDfrfli'P in tfjc Conntie of ?l?am= 
s]&j)iT. tfic 30 tras of i^^obrmber, 1581, anlr in tfje 21. jjrarc of 
our most trralr anlt Siobn-aigne Haltic (jplijabctf) bj? tijf grace 
of ©otr, of (ffnglanir, ;iFrannrr, anlr Erdantr CJucenc, &r. 

Omnis caro fenum. Q. John Phillip. 
[Woodcut border all round. Woodcut dtvice at tho end.] 

(This was Henry Wriothesley, second Earl of Southampton, whose 
sumptuous monument is still preserved at Titchfleld, in Hampshire.) 

a 23ittie 
5tt tfie toortfjic praise of an ffiqf) ants mtgl&tie iPrince. 

(The Duke of Norfolk.) 
Finis. Ber. Gar. 
Imprinted at London without Aldersgate in Little Britaine, by Alexander 

(On Thomas Duke of Norfolk, beheaded for hish treason, June 2, 1.572 
Elderton wrote a ballad entitled " The Dekaye of the Duke," printed, 
without date, by Thomas Colwell. A copy is preserved in the library of 
the Societ.y of Antiquaries. '■ Ber. Gar." was Bernard Garter, authar of 
" A New Yere's Gift," the ballad of" Helen's Epistle to Paris, &c.) 

a famous trittie of tfjc Jojjful rrccabing of tfje ©ucen's mostc 
excellent maiestic, bj? tfte toortftie ©itifrns of iLonlton tfje l2tfj 
ttaj) of latobcmber, 1584, at Tjer graces coming to Saint Jfamrs. 

To the tune of Wigmore's Galliard. 
Finis. Richard Hai'rington. 
At London, Printed by Edwarde AUde for Yarath James, and are to be solde 
in Newgate Market against Christ Chiu-ch gate. 1584. 

[Very rich woodcut border all round, and through the middle.] 

(" The 12 of November (1584) the Quetnes IVIajestie (returning after hir 
pro^resse) came to hir manor of S. James, where the citizens of London, 
to the number of 200, the gravest sort in coatfs of velvet, and chaines of 
gold, on horseback, and 1000 of the companies on foote (having with them 
1000 men with torches, ready tliere to give light on every side, for that 
the night drew on), received and welcomed hir." — Stow's Amiahs, 1191 ) 



r?l goMj) iJitty or Draupv to tie song unto ©ott fov tl&e prtsprlm^ 
tton of fits ©fjurcfj, oiir ©uciie anlr ISralmc, against all 
SEragtonrs, Hfitls, anlr ^aptsttcal ilFnrniifS. 

Syng this after the tune of the cxxxvij. Psalme, wliich begins When as we 
sat in Babilon. Or such l}'ke. 

Finis. Quoth Joh. Awdelj'. 
Imprinted at London by John Awdely. 
Alluding to the English Rebellion in 1584, when the Earls of Northum- 
berland and Arundel fell under suspicion, and Francis Throgmorton was 
found guilty and executed. Lord Paget and Charles Arundel fled beyond 

[WooJcut of tho Roj-al Anns iu the centra of tlie title. Plain border all round.] 

(John Awdeley, the author of the present ballad, was also the printer. 
He was HkewiRe the writer and printer of a very interesting ballad called 
" The Cruel Assault of God"s Fort," which has been reprinted in Mr. J. P. 
Collier's " Old Ballad.s from Early Printed Copies." Percy Society, 1840, 
p. 29.) 


a htitf sonct declaring tfjc lamentation of ISee&les, a ilHarftct 
©olnne in ^(UffolRe luj^iel^ toas in tfie great toinlre npon lb. 
an&retoes cbe yittfuHt) tnrnetr toitl^ fire to tl&e baliie fig esti^ 
niation of ttoeentie tl^onsanlr ponnlrs. anlr to tlje nnmter of 
foureseorc trtoelling Rouses, tesitres a great numter of otfjrr 

1586. To the tuue of Labandalashotte. Fhiis. q, D. Sterrie. 
At London, 
Imprinted by Eobert Eobinson for Nicltolas Colman of Norwich, dwelling in 
St. Andrewea Churchyarde. 

[Woodcut at top; woodcut border top and bottom.] 

(The tune of "Labandalashotte" is mentioned in the " HandfuU of 
Pleasant Delights," 1584, but it has not been recovered.) 

a proper neto Sonet. treelaring tl&e lamentation of Berries a 
iHarftet ©otone in Snffoltte, tofjicfi toas in tj&e great toiniie 
npon S. ianbrelwes ebe last past most pittifnllg turneli 
\oiif) fire, to tfie lossc bj) estimation of thienti^ tfjonsanlie 
pounlre anli iiplriarlte, to tl&c numter of fonre=6core itoelling 
Rouses. 1586. 

To Wilson's tune. Finis. T. D. 

At London, Imprinted by Eobert Eobinson for Nicliolas Colme of Norwicli, 
dwelling in S. Andrewea Churchj-ard. 

This, and the preceding Ballad (" abriefe sonet," &c.), relate to the same 
calamity that befel the town of Beccles. The author complains bitterly 
that " No helpe was found to slacke the fyre "—that the thieves stole 
" Theyr neighbors wealth which wasted lay about the strcetes that time ;" 


-that "from the morning nyne a clocke tUl foure a clocke at night." 
Becdes lost " fourscore houses, the Church, and temple ; " and that 
The market place and houses fayre 

that stood about the same 
Hath felt the force and violence 
of this most fearful flame. 
( A mutilated copy of this rare baUad was discovered some fevp years 
aeo in the binding of an old Italian work, printed in 1584, in the library 
of the Royal Society. T. D. was Thomas Deloney, the "baUettmg silk- 
weaver" of Norwich, and probably the above was one of his earliest pro- 
ductions. " WUson's tune," or " Wilson's Wilde," as It is 
called, is preserved In William BaUet's Lute Book, a MS. in Iriiiity 
College, Dublin. A later impression of this "Sonet" may be found 
among the Bagford Ballads in the British Museum.) 


a moumfull mmiz on t§c treaty of certamc ^xOrges aiiO |Jus= 
ttceg of ttc }^tact, antt tiibers otficr ©cixtlentcn, tofto Uicti 
immctrtatcls after assises, ftoliten at aiticolnc last past. 

To the tune of Fortune. 
Imprinted at London by John Wolfe, for WUliam Wright. 1590. 

[Weodcut at the beginniag. Broad woodcut border all rouDd and in the centre, with d^victs] 

(The tune of" Fortune" (one of the most popular of our old billwl 
ain) is preserved m Queen EUzabeth's Virginal Book ; in WilUam LaUet s 
MS Lute Book; in Vallefs " lablature de Luth," 1615; m ' ««a."- 
landtfche Gedenckclank," 1 62 6 , &c., &c. " Foi tune my foe " (the first Uue 
of the old ballad) is alludtd to by Shakespeare in " The Merry \Mves ot 
Windsor," actiii. sc. 3; and the ballad of "Titus Andromcus,' upon 
which Shakespeare founded his play of the same name, was sung to Uie 
tame tune.) 


SJc first part of tfte faire toilrcto of ESJatlittg street ants m ^ 
UaitaSters, aiiit IDoto fter tDtc&eii sonne accuseU ^er to ie a 
harlot, anb W sisters fiastar&s, onlu to Uereibc ttieui of ti^eir 

To the tune of Bragandary. 
Imprinted at London for T. P. 


€tt seeonti part of ttic aBiirttotD of SLBatling-Btreete, aui i}it 
tfiree SaugfiterB. 

To the tune of the Wanton Wife. 
Imprinted at London for T. P. 
These two baUads (the first and second part) were entered in the Sta- 
tioners- Registers by Kichard Jones, August 15, 1597. The play of the 
same title (ascribed to Shakspeare) was taken from them. 

(The tunes of " Bragandary " and the "Wanton Wife" ace uiikno«Mi 
The ballad of " The Wanton Wife of Balli " is printed in the ^nrxt (ditiou 
of Bishop Percy's lieliques, but omitted in all the subseq'aent onts ) 



Cfte ttie of tl&e pooic for t^e ircatft of tf)t Mtgfjt p^onoratle ti&c 
dSavl of fl^unttngton. 

To the tune of the Earle of Bedford. 
Printed at Loudon for William Blackwall, and are to be sold at his shoppe 
uere Guild- Hall gate 1596. 

[Woodcut ut tho beginning. Woodcut border all round a al iu the centre.] 

(Henry Hastings, eecond Earl of Huntingdon, K G , who died at York, 
14th December, 1595, and was buried at Ashby-de-la-Zouch. The ex- 
penses of his funeral were defrayed by the Queen.) 

(The tune here mentioned is not known.) 

'M iaaUaO against slanlrer anit Urttactioii. 

Gar call him downe gar call him downe gar call him downe downe a : 
God send the faction of all detraction call downe and cast awaj-. 
Finis Q. Haywood. 
Imprinted at Londo at the log Shop adioining unto Saint Mildreds CImrche 
iu the Pultrie by John Aide. 

[Plain border in the centre, and all round.] 

(An unrecorded ballad of old John Hey wood, the author of" The Spider 
and the Fly.") 

sa piojjfi- iipto ballots ^fftbtinq t^at IPI&tlosopfifrs UpaftiBitgcs 
are full of gooJi fflSaarngnges. Slntr songc to tfjc tune of m^ 
ilor&e IHariineB ©algar&e, or ti&c firste traces of 29ue passa. 

Finis Q. W. Elderton. 
Imprinted at London in Fleetestreet beneath the Conduit, at the signe of 
Sainte John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell. 

[Woodcut at the top; and tailpiece. Border in the centre.] 

(Thia ballad is nowhere mentioned. The tune of " My Lorde Marquij 
Galyaide " is unknown.) 

Cfjc first part of tfte iHarrJants 5©aug5ter of 13rtstoh). 

To the tune of The Maydens Joy. 

Cfje Bccontt part of tfte iMarrl&ants Uaugj&tcr of iSrtstolD, 

To the tune of the Maidens Joy. 
Printed at London for William Blackwall. 

[Woodcut border at top and end ] 

(This interesting ballad is mentioned in Fletcher's " Monsieur Thomas, 
act iii., scene 3, by tl>e name of " Mau ilin tlie Merchant's Daughter ; " and 
Las been reprinted, from a comparatively modern copy, in Mr. CoUier't 
volume of Koxburghu Ballads. The tune is uukuown ) 



©f (ffibsU tongues. 

Finis. Q- T. Canand. 

Zm f ou iFotoer. li i^elpe gou MM to tour Migfit 
I dFeeJst t)ou jfotow. 5 lliM 8?ou ^11. 

Marke well the effect, pui-treyed here in all : 
The King that rules, the Lawyer in the hall, 
The Prelate with his dignities renowne, 
The Harlot and the countrey toyling Clowne. 
Howe and which way together they agi-ee. 
And what their talke ;\nd conference might be. 
Eacli to then- cause, lor guard of their degree. 
And yet death is the couquerour you see. 

[Woodcut colourea, representi-.g the BUhop, the King the Harlot, the La«7er, the Country 
^ ' Clowu, and Uentn.J 


© marbdous tptij)ngcs tot^ saaontrrra ©lU atitr flrto 
fffir jacbgU is mtrttcD gf maiiB wni's toorlrw be tru. 

Printed by Cornells Woltrop dwellj-ng at Saynt Antonies. 

[Woodcut at the top] 


mfitx tfjus it is : or tfius it si&oun>c b«. 

Imprinted at London without Aldersgate, in little Brittaine 
by Alexander Lacy. 

Congratulating England that " The Golden World is now come a^yne,' 
and that " Kynges and Princes, doe Gods laws advaunce ; that Maijes- 
traes and officers; Bishops and Ministers; Judges, Justices, and Gen- 
tlemen -Mayours and Bayliffes ; Lawyers, &c " do their duty, " each one 
lu his degree." That the " Commons feare God, and obey the Queene (.'//; 
that " Parents doe bryng up their children godly, and that subjects faith- 
fully pray for their Queene." 

[Plain border all round. Device at the beginning] 


Sapartons alarum, to all surt) as tro l^farc 

C^c name of tf)c true fjouttriers, in englautr, or els ls3?jrarc. 

Finis. John Saparton. 
Imprinted at London, in Fleete Strcete, by William How for Ricliard Johues, 
and are to bo soldo at his Shoppo under the Lottcrie House. 

(Saparton is a new name iu ballad literature.) 


®f STriist antJ HLviaU. 

Finis. B. C. 
(" B. C." was probably Bartholomew Chappell, celebrated for his coutro- 
versy with Thomas Camell.) 


a ^allatr. 

The first verse runs thus : — 

Loe here the pearle, 

Whom God and man doth love : 
Loe here on earth, 

The onely starxe of hght : 
Loe here the Queene, 

Whom no mishap can move : 
To chaiinge her mynde, 

From vertues chief delight. 

[With a coloured Woodcut Portrait of Queen Elizabeth, with Crown, Sceptro, and Ball.] 

(Giffoid says, " In Jonson's time, scarcely any ballad was printed with- 
out a woodcut illustrative of its subject. If it was a ballad of ' pure love,' 
or of ' good life,' which afforded no scope for the graphic talents of the 
Grub-street Apellee, the portrait of ' good Queen Elizabeth,' magnificently 
adorned, with the globe and sceptre, formed no imwelcome substitute for 
her loving suljects.") 


as pleasant a &ittte as gour l&art can bjislft, 
^^clDing tntat mifeinlruegs hettU fij) a Mmc. 

At Loudon printed for T. P. 
[Rich woodcut, border top and bottom.] 

a tala&c of a prctst tfiat lostc ID is nose 
jFor saginge of ifiassc as 5 suppose. 

God save the Quene. 
A caustic satire against " Olde Syr Jolm the Vycar of Lee, which rayle.s 
at God's boke and reeles at hia Masse ;" and whose " smeller is smitttu 
cleaue from his face " for so doing. 


a mers iiala&e, Soto a toife tiitrratelr ]&rr l^usftanlr to tfahe Ijn- 
oiDne b)gU. 

Finis. Quod T. W. T. 
Imprinted at London by Alexander Lacy. 
A ludicrous dialogue between a "yong man und his wife," only amontli 
or more married ! touchiugdrtss.pleusurc taking, and domestic economy. 


The lady asks for " one thyng," viz., to have the use of her " toung, ey ther 
to chy de, or els to sing," with a few supplementary trifles. The gentleman 
replies somewhat ungallantly, 

Ko wyfe I ani your head 

Wherefore I pray you my counsell take, 

And let such tricks in you be dead 

Least that for it your bones doe ake : 

Therefore learne betime to brue and bake. 4:c. 

[Plain border all round. Woodcut dovice at the end, Death and the Lady.] 


^ mittB ncto Ibong fioto a iSruer meant to mafee a (ffoopn 
rucfeollt, antr l^otD Ireerc tfjc ISrticr pailr for tfte iargainc. 

To the time of In Somertime. 

[Woodcut at the top. Woodcut border in the centre.] 

(The tune here mentiqnrd is preserved in " The Courte of Vertue," by 
John Hall, 1565.) 

a meric netoe ISallatr ttttitiil£& t^^c piniiyug of tfie iSasfeet: 

And is to bee songe to the tune of the doune right Squire. 

Imprinted at Loudon for Hemie Kirkham, and are to be sold at his shop, at 
the litile North doore of Paules, at the signe of the blacke Boye. 

The comical humours of a " Joyner's man, of a chandler (' a quiet 
man!'), and his shrewish wife." The burden is " Tantara, tantara, 

[Woodcut border all round ] 

(" Down ri«ht Squire, or Gibeon's Tantara," is one of the tunes referred 
to in " The Ilaudefull of Pleasant Delitee," 1-584. It is not known ) 

a prcttif iietD ISallalr, intgtulelr : 
Cte Cvotoe etts upon t^c toall, 
lipase one antJ plcafic all. 

To the tune of. Please one and please all. 
Finis. E. T. 
Imprinted at London, for Henry Kyrkham, dwelling at the httle Norh 
doore of Paule's, at the Signe of the blacke Boye. 

[Woodcut of a lady with a fan of feathers at the top, plain border all round.] 

(This interesting Shakespearian ballad been reprinted, by the per- 
mission of Mr. Daniel, in the first number of " Memorabilia." It is 
written by Tarle'on, and quoted by M*lvolio in ' Twelfth Night." 


a IBtttsf &digljtfun of mother toatfeins ale 
ai tDarntng fajrll iDagetr, tftpng^ countetr a talc. 

The existence of this ballad has been questioned. " Mother Watkins 
ale " was supposed to have been the Title to a " Round" qr Country dance; 
the music, ivithout the words, having been discovered among the papers of 
Dr. Pepusch, who set the songs in the " Beggar's Opera." Before this 
copy appeared it was unknown. 

[Woodcut border top and bottom.] 

(This ballad is mentioned in a letter with the signature of T. N. to his 
good friend A. M. [Anthony Munday], prefixed to the latter's translation 
of " Gerileon of England," 1592. " I should hardly be perswaded, that 
anie professor of so excellent a science (as printing) would be so impudent 
to print such ribauldrie as IVntkin's Ale, The Carman's Whistle, and sundrie 
such other." The tune is ])rejerved in Queen Elizabeth's Virginal Book in 
the Eitzwilliam 3Iu.^eum, C imbridge.) 

a iicli) bala&e cutitulclr as folotoct^, 

€o sticft as toritc in JHetres, I icrite 

©f small matters an exportation, 

138 reatigng of isf)itf) men inau treltte 

Jn suet as te toortts commentration. 

MV: bt^rse also it tatj relation 

Co sucj as print, tftal tl^ej) &oc it toell, 

Cte tetter tljeg sJ&all tfteir JHetres sell, 
sanli tol^en toe fialie Itoen al tl^at eber toe can, 
net ns neber seeS prayse at t^e mouftf of man. 

Finis by K. B. 
Imprinted at S. Katherins besyde the Towre of London, by Alexander Lacie. 

[Plain border aU round.] 

(" R. B." was the author of " The Plowman's Complaint," and of several 
other broadsides printed about 1580.) 

sa lUalalre Ireelarging ]&otu nei)bourf)£& lobe, antt treto Irealyng 
is gone. 

Qd. Jhon Barker. 
Imprinted at London by Richard Lant. 

Where shall one fynde a man to trust, 
Alwaye to stands in tyme of neede ; 
Thee most parte nowe, they are unjust — 
Fayre in wordes, but false in deede : 
Neibourhed nor love is none 
trew dealpig now is fled and goite. 

(John Barker has hitherto only been known as the author of a ballad on 
the destruction of Jerusalem, printed by Colwell in 15G8, a copy of which 


(probably unique) 1b preBcrved In the Miller Collection. His name occurs 
several times in the course of our Catalogue.) 


S3 ilctDc Sbecte of jFrtars rallci (ffapirfiini. 

A fierce invective against " These newe, freshecome Friars, sprong up of 
late, that doe nowe within Andwarpe (Antwerp) keepe their abidinge." 

[Woodcut of two friars at the top, coloured.] 

a nierbaBlous atraungc trcfonnclr Stogtip. 

Finis. T. P. 
Imprinted at London by William How, for Eichard Johnes : and are to be 
solde at his Shop joyning to the Southwest doore of Paulas Churche. 

[Woodcut of a swine, inclosed in a plain border, at the top. Prose and Veree.] 

(" T. P." was, perhaps, Thomas Proctor, the author of many " pretty 

jFtanftlins jFarelDclI to tt\c 3123orllr, 
^IkUtlj 5ts (Hfiristian Contrition in $)rison before ^is Dfatft. 

Printed at Loudon for Henry Gosson. 
[A very rich woodcut border all round.] 

(This ballad, the last of the series, relates to James Franklin, who was 
extcuted for his share in the murder of Sir Thomas Overbury. H. Gosson 
was a celebrated ballad-printer In the reign of James I. He died in 1630, 
when his stock was purchased by Coles, Vere, and "Wright.) 




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