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CONTENTS. NOTES :
TRADITIONAL ENGLISH BALLADS.
52 Discrepancies in Dugdale's Account of Sir Ralph de Cob The task of gathering old traditionary song is ham, by W. Hastings Kelke
surely a pleasant and a lightsome one. Albeit the Henry (hettle Coverdale's Bible
harvest has been plentiful and the gleaners many, Answer to Cowley
still a stray sheaf may occasionally be found worth Folk Lore of Lancashire, No. 1., by.T. T. Wilkinson Minor Notes :- Proclamation of Langholme Fair the having. But we must be careful not to “pick Seats in Churches - Flemish Account -Use of Mono
up a straw.” syllables - Specimen of Foreign English - Epitaph 56
One of your correspondents recommends, as an QUERIES -
addition to the value of your pages, the careful The Tale of the Wardstaff, by S. W. Singer
57 Ballad ascribed to Sir C. Hanbury Williams, by G. H. getting together of those numerous traditional Barker
59 Minor Queries:- Book called Tartuare - William Wal
ballads that are still sometimes to be met with, lace in London --Obeism - Aged Monks - Lady Alice floating about various parts of the country. This Carmichael "A Verse may find him"-Daresbury,
advice is by no means to be disregarded, but I the White Chapel of England - Ulm Manuscript Merrick and Tattersall - Dr. Trusler's Memoirs - wish to point out the necessity of the contributors Life of Bishop Frampton - Probabilism - Sir Henry
to the undertaking knowing something about Chauncy's Observations on Wilfred Entwysel - Theological i'racts - Lady Bingham - Gregory the Great ballad literature. An acquaintance with the or-John Hill's Penny Post in 1659 - Andrea Ferrara Imputed Letters of Sullustius - Thomas Rogers of
dinary published collections, at least, cannot be Horninger - Tandem D.O.M. - The Episcopal Mitre 59 dispensed with. Without this knowledge we REPLIES :
should be only multiplying copies of worthless The Passage in Troilus and Cressida, by John Taylor 62 trifles, or reprinting ballads that had already apBlack Images of the Virgin, by J. B. l. itchfield
63 Outline in Painting
peared in print. Ten Children at a Birth
64 The traditional copies of old black-letter ballats Shakspeare's Use of " Captious"
65 Sæord of William the Conqueror
66 are, in almost all cases (as may easily be seen by Meaning of Bisell
66 comparison), much the worse for wear. Altar Lights, &c.
68 Re, lies to Minor Queries : - Handbell before a Corpse
proof of this I refer the curious in these matters to -Sir George Downing - Hulls, the Inventor of Steam à volume of Traditional Versions of Old Ballads, boats - "Clarum et venerabile Nomen" - Occult
collected by Mr. Peter Buchan, and edited by Transposition of Letters -- Darby and Joan - Did Banyan know Hobbes ? --Mythology of the Stars - Mr. Dixon for the Percy Society. The Rev. Mr. Dodo Queries ---Holland Land Swearing by Swans The Frozen Horn - Cockade and True Blue - The
a volume of forgeries ;”
Dyce pronounces this " Vavasours of Hazlewood _" Breeches" Bible - His but, acquitting poor Buchan (of wbom more anon) toire des Sévarambes - Verses attributed to Charles Yorke -- Arehb shop Bolton of Cashel - Erasmus and
of any intention to deceive, it is, to say the least Farel - Early Culture of the Imagination - William of it, a volume of rubbish ; inasmuch as the ballads Chilcot -- By and bye -- Mocker - Was Colonel Hew.
are all worthless modern versions of what had son a Cobbler ? Mole - Pillgarlick-A recent Novel
Tablet to Napoleon - North Sides of Churchyards appeared “ centuries ago” in their genuine shape.
Had these ballads not existed in print, we should
present case, the publication of such a book (more cot - "Plurima gemma latet cæcâ tellure sepulta". Time when Herodotus write - Lucy and Colin especially by a learned society) is a positive Translations of Apuleius, &c. - Etymology of “Gras
nuisance. son" -Lynch Law -" Talk not of Love". The Butcher Duke - Curfew - Robertson Struan
68 Another work which I cannot refrain from MISCELLANEOUS:
noticing, called by one of the reviewers “a valuNotes on Books, Sales, Catalogues, &c.
77 able contribution to our stock of ballad literature"? Books and Odd Votumes Wanted
is Mr. Frederick Sheldon's Minstrelsy of the Notices to Correspondents
78 English Border. The preface to this volume
promises much, as may be seen by the following * This ballad has been known about the English passage :
Border for many years, and I can remember a version " It is now upwards of forty years since Sir Walter of it being sung by my grandmother!” Scott published his Border Minstrelsy, and during his
He also informs us that he has added the last " raids,' as he facetiously termed his excursions of dis verse but one, in order to make the “ends of covery in Liddesdale, Teviotdale, Tyndale, and the justice " more complete! Merse, very few ballads of any note or originality could P. 232. The Laird of Roslin's Daughter :possibly escape his enthusiastic inquiry; for, to his “ The Laird of Roslin's daughter love of ballad literature, he added the patience and re
Walk'd through the wood her lane ; search of a genuine antiquary. Yet, no doubt many And by her came Captain Wedderburn, ballads did escape, and still remain scattered up and
A servant to the Queen.” down the country side, existing probably in the recol. This is a wretched version (about half the original lection of many a sun-browned shepherd, or the length) of a well-known ballad, entitled " Captain women: or in the well-thumbed and nearly illegible Wedderburn's Courtship.” It first appeared in leaves of some old book or pamphlet of songs, snugly print in The
New British Songster, a collection resting on the pot-head,' or sharing their rest with published at Falkirk, in 1785. It was afterwards the Great Ha' Bible," Scott's Worthies, or Blind Harry's inserted in Jamieson's Popular Ballads and Songs, lines. The parish dominie or pastor of some obscure
1806; Kinloch's Ancient Ballads, 1826; Chambers village, amid the many nooks and corners of the Bor- Scottish Ballads, 1829, &c. But hear what Mr. ders, possesses, no doubt, treasures in the ballad-ware Sheldon has to say, in 1847 :that would have gladdened the heart of a Ritson, a This is a fragment of an apparently ancient ballad, Percy, or a Surtees; in the libraries, too, of many an related to me by a lady of Berwick-on-Tweed, who ancient descendant of a Border family, some black- used to sing it in her childhood. I have given all that lettered volume of ballads doubtlessly slumbers in hal- she was able to furnish me with. The same lady lowed and unbroken dust."
assures me that she never remembers having seen it in This reads invitingly; the writer then pro- print [!!], and that she had learnt it from her nurse, ceeds :
together with the ballad of • Sir Patrick Spens,' and
several Irish legends, since forgotten." “ From such sources I have obtained many of the ballads in the present collection. Those to which I
P. 274. The Merchant's Garland: have stood godfather, and so baptized and remodelled,
“Syr Carnegie 's gane owre the sea, I have mostly met with in the broad-side ' ballads, as
And's plowing thro' the main, they are called."
And now must make a lang voyage,
The red gold for to gain.” Although the writer here speaks of Ritson and This is evidently one of those ballads which calls Percy as if he were acquainted with their works, Mr. Sheldon " godfather.” The original ballad, it is very evident that he had not looked into their which has been “ baptized and remodelled,” is contents. The name of Evans' Collection had called “ The Factor's Garland.” It begins in the vain for the tantalising “pamphlet of songs," --still
, following homely manner: perhaps, snugly resting on the “pot-head," where
“Behold here's a ditty, 'tis true and no jest, our author in his “poetical dream” first saw it.
Concerning a young gentleman in the East, The “black-lettered volume of ballads” too, in
Who by his great gaming came to poverty, the library of the “ancient descendant of a Border
And afterwards went many voyages to sea." family,” still remains in its dusty repository, un
P. 329. The rare Ballad of Johnnie Faa :touched by the hand of Frederick Sheldon.
“ There were seven gipsies in a gang, In support of the object of this paper I shall
They were both brisk and bonny 0; now point out " a few" of the errors of The Min
They rode till they came to the Earl of Castle's
house, strelsy of the English Border. P. 201. The l'air Flower of Northumberland :- This is a very hobbling version (from the recitation
And there they sang so sweetly 0." " It was a knight in Scotland born,
of a “gipsy vagabond ") of a ballad frequently Follow my love, come over the Strand;
reprinted. It first appeared in Ramsay's TeaWas taken prisoner, and left forlorn
Table Miscellany; afterwards in Finlay's and Even by the good Erle Northumberland."
Chambers' Collections. None of these versions This is a corrupt version of Thomas Deloney's were known to Mr. Sheldon. celebrated ballad of “ The Ungrateful Knight," I have now extracted enough from the Minprinted in the History of Jack of Newbery, 1596, strelsy of the English Border to show the mode of and in Ritson's Ancient Songs, 1790. A Scottish " ballad editing as pursued by Mr. Sheldon, version may be found in Kinloch's Ballads, under The instances are sufficient to strengthen my pothe title of “The Provost's Daughter." Mr. | sition. Sheldon knows nothing of this, but says,
One of the most popular traditional ballads still
JAN. 25. 1851.]
NOTES AND QUERIES.
floating about the country, is “ King Henrie the “Then came out the dusty Mouse, Fifth's Conquest :"
Humble-dum, &c. " As our King lay musing on his bed,
· I am Lady of this house,
“ Hast thou any minde of me?
Humble-dum, &c. It was first printed from "oral communication," I have e'ne great minde of thee, by Sir Harris Nicolas, who inserted two versions
Tweedle, &c. in the Appendix to his History of the Battle of “Who shall this marriage make? Agincourt, 2d edition, 8vo. 1832. It again ap
Humble-dum, &c. peared (not from either of Sir Harris Nicolas's Our Lord, which is the Rat, copies) in the Rev. J. C. Tyler's Henry of Mon
Tweedle, &c. mouth, 8vo. vol. ii. p. 197. And, lastly, in Mr. “ What shall we have to our supper? Dixon's Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the
Humble-dum, &ę. Peasantry of England, printed by the Percy So Three beanes in a pound of butter, ciety in 1846. These copies vary considerably
Tweedle, &c. from each other, which cannot be wondered at, “When supper they were at, when we find that they were obtained from inde
Humble-dum, &c. pendent sources. Mr. Tyler does not allude to The Frogge, the Mouse, and even the Rat, Sir Harris Nicolas's copies, nor does Mr. Dixon
Tweedle, &c. seem aware that any printed version of the tra - Then came in Gib our Cat, ditional ballad had preceded his. The ballad,
Humble-dum, &c. however, existed in a printed “ broad-side" long And cateht the Mouse even by the baeke, before the publications alluded to, and a copy,
Tweedle, &c. “Printed and sold in Aldermary Church Yard, « Then did they separate, is now before me. It is called "King Henry V.,
Humble-dum, &c. his Conquest of France in Revenge for the Affront
And the Frogge leapt on the foore so fiat, offered by the French King in sending him (instead
Tweedle, &c. of the Tribute) a ton of Tennis Balls." An instance of the various changes and muta
“ Then came in Dicke our Drake,
Humble-dum, &c. tions to which, in the course of ages, a popular
And drew the Frogge even to the lake, ballad is subject, exists in the “Frog's Wedding."
Tweedle, &c. The pages of the " NOTES AND QUERIES” testify to this in a remarkable degree. But no one has yet
“ The Rat ran up the wall,
Humble-dum, &c. hit upon the original ballad ; unless, indeed, the following be it, and I think it has every appearance
A goodly company, the Divell goe' with all,
Tweedle, &c." of being the identical ballad licensed to Edward White in 1580-1. It is taken from a rare mu From what I have shown, the reader will agree sical volume in my library, entitled Melismata; with me, that a collector of ballads from oral traMusicall Phansies, fitting the Court
, Citie, and dition should possess some acquaintance with the Country Humours. Printed by William Stansby labours of his predecessors. This knowledge is for Thomas Adams, 1611. 4to.
surely the smallest part of the duties of an editor.
I remember reading, some years ago, in the * THE MARRIAGE OF THE FROGGE AND THE MOUSE.
writings of old Zarlino (an Italian author of the “ It was the Frogge in the well,
sixteenth century), an amusing chapter on the Humble-dum, humble dum; And the merrie Mouse in the mill,
necessary qualifications for a complete mu
sician." The recollection of this forcibly returns Tweedle, tweedle twino.
to me after perusing the following extract from The Frogge would a-wooing ride,
the preface to a Collection of Ballads (2 vols. 8vo. Humble-dum, &c.
Edinburgh, 1828), by our “simple but wellSword and buckler by his side,
meaning friend, - Mr. Peter Buchan of PeterTweedle, &c.
head." ** When he was upon his high horse set,
“No one has yet conceived, nor has it entered the Humble dum, &c.
mind of man, what patience, perseverance, and general His boots they shone as blacke as jet,
knowledge are necessary for an editor of a Collection Tweedle, &c.
of Ancient Ballads ; nor what mountains of difficulties * When he came to the merry mill pin,
he has to overcome; what hosts of enemies he has to Humble-dum, &c.
encounter; and what myriads of little-minded quibblers Lady Mouse, beene you within?
he has to silence. The writing of explanatory notes is Tweedle, &c.
like no other species of literature. History throws