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bagford Ballads:

ILLUSTRATING

The Last Years of the Stuarts.

EDITED,
WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES,

BY

JOSEPH WOODFALL EBSWORTH, M.A. CANTAB.

DROLLERIES' OF THE RESTORATION;"
AUTHOR OF “KARL'S LEGACY."

EDITOR OF THE REPRINTED

WITH COPIES OF ALL THE ORIGINAL WOODCUTS.

"In good King Charles's Golden Days,

When Loyalty no harm meant."-BERCHERIENSIS VICARIUS.

IN TWO DIVISIONS:

Second Division.

HERTFORD:

Printed for the Ballad Society,
BY STEPHEN AUSTIN AND SONS.

1878.

HERTFORD:

STEPHEN AUSTIN AND SONS, PRINTERS.

"What hast here! Ballads?"-The Winter's Tale, iv. 3.

I.

JOME around me, ye bountiful Masters,

My ballads and songs, pray, now hear!
I've laid in a fresh stock of Disasters,

To make you all shudder with fear.
I could curdle your blood, with a many;

Or make your flesh creep, with a few;
I might shock you to death, for one penny:

And warrant the whole of them true.

II.

But, I see, you need change from such diet;

(One remembers that toujours perdrix !)
You shall have, if you'll only be quiet,

Some rare Battles, on land or at sea ;
With as much Love and Mirth, for your money,

As a Cavalier Hector e'er knew :
Till around you the world becomes sunny,

And you fancy 'twas all made for you.

III.

Far away, from your present small troubles,

To the Past of these ballads return:
There are gay hues, methinks, on their bubbles,

Bright sparks 'mid their embers yet burn.
Let the cynic growl, Soap-suds! all hollow ;."

Or the saint mutter, Brands, for the flame!
Street-songs were not scorn'd by Apollo,-

Take some of them now, in his name.

J. W. E.

13 September, 1877.

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