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The Last Years of the Stuarts.
JOSEPH WOODFALL EBSWORTH, M.A. CANTAB.
DROLLERIES' OF THE RESTORATION;"
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:
Printed for the Ballad Society,
"What hast here! Ballads?"-The Winter's Tale, iv. 3.
JOME around me, ye bountiful Masters,
My ballads and songs, pray, now hear!
To make you all shudder with fear.
Or make your flesh creep, with a few;
And warrant the whole of them true.
But, I see, you need change from such diet;
(One remembers that toujours perdrix !)
Some rare Battles, on land or at sea ;
As a Cavalier Hector e'er knew :
And you fancy 'twas all made for you.
Far away, from your present small troubles,
To the Past of these ballads return:
Bright sparks 'mid their embers yet burn.
Or the saint mutter, “ Brands, for the flame!”
Take some of them now, in his name.
J. W. E.
13 September, 1877.