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The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Vol. 5 of 5: The Child Ballads (Forgotten Books)

Francis James Child

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Title: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, ...

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

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"The Child Ballads are a collection of 305 ballads from England and Scotland, and their American variants, collected by Francis James Child in the late 19th century. The collection was published as The English and Scottish Popular Ballads between 1882 and 1898 by Houghton Mifflin in 10 Volumes. The ballads vary in age; for instance, a version of "A Gest of Robyn Hode" was printed in the late 15th or early 16th century, and the manuscript of "Judas" dates to the 13th century. The majority of the ballads, however, date to the 17th and 18th century; although some probably have very ancient influences, only a handful can be definitively traced to before 1600. Moreover, few of the tunes collected are as old as the words. While many of them had been individually printed, e.g. as broadsides, Child's collection was far more comprehensive than any previous collection of ballads in English. (However, there were comprehensive ballad collections in other languages, like the Danish collection Danmarks gamle Folkeviser, which Child referred to in his comments.)

One Child number may cover several ballads, which Child considered variants of the same story, although they may differ in many ways (as in "James Hatley"). Conversely, ballads classified separately may contain turns of phrase, and even entire verses, that are identical.

The Child Ballads deal with subjects typical to many ballads: romance, supernatural experiences, historical events, morality, riddles, murder, and folk heroes. On one extreme, some recount identifiable historical people, in known events. On the other, some differ from fairy tales solely by their being songs and in verse; some have been recast in prose form as fairy tales. A large part of the collections is about Robin Hood; some are about King Arthur. A few of the ballads are rather bawdy." (Quote from

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Publisher's Preface; Lizie Lindsay; Bonny Lizie Baillie; Glasgow Peggie; Earl Crawford; The Slaughter Of The Laird Of Mellerstain; The Earl Of Errol; Richie Story; Andrew Lammie; Charlie Macpherson; The Earl Of Aboyne; The Laird O Drum; The Duke Of Gordon's Daughter; Glenlogie Or Jean O Bethalnie; Lord Saltoun And Auchanachie; The Rantin Laddie; The Baron O Leys; The Coble O Cargin; James Harris, (the Daemon Lover); James Hatley; Young Allan; Redesdale And Wise William; Lady Elspat; The Grey Cock, Or, Saw You My Father; Auld Matrons; Henry Martyn; Lang Johnny More; The Kitchie-boy; Thomas O Yonderdale; Lord William, Or Lord Lundy; Willie's Fatal visit; Alison And Willie; Burd Isabel And Earl Patrick; Broughty Wa's; Lord Thomas Stuart; Lord Thomas And Lady Margaret; Lady Isabel; Lord Livingston; The New-slain Knight; The White Fisher; The Knight's Ghost; John Thomson And The Turk; The Heir Of Linne; The Twa Knights; Lady Diamond; The Earl Of Mar's Daughter; The Lord Of Lorn And The False Steward; The Suffolk Miracle; King Edward The Fourth And A Tanner Of Tamworth; Our Goodman; Get Up And Bar The Door; The Friar In The Well; The Wife Wrapt In Wether's Skin; The Farmer's Curst Wife; The Jolly Beggar; The Beggar-laddie; The Keach I The Creel; Jock The Leg And The Merry Merchant; The Crafty Farmer; John Dory; The George Aloe And The Sweepstake; The Sweet Trinity (the Golden Vanity); Captain Ward And The Rainbow; The Young Earl Of Essex's victory Over The Emperor Of Germany; Mermaid; The Wylie Wife Of The Hie Toun Hie; Child Owlet; The West-country Damosel's Complaint; John Of Hazelgreen; Dugal Quin; The Brown Girl; Walter Lesly; Earl Rothes; Young Peggy; Trooper And Maid; Blancheflour And Jellyflorice; The Queen Of Scotland; Young Bearwell; The Holy Nunnery; Young Ronald; The Outlaw Murray

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"Francis James Child (February 1, 1825–September 11, 1896) was an American scholar, educationist, and folklorist, who collected what came to be known as the Child Ballads.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he attended Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard in 1846, topping his class in all subjects. He was tutor in mathematics in 1846-1848; and in 1848 was transferred to a tutorship in history, political economy and English literature. After two years of study in Europe, in 1851 he succeeded Edward T. Channing as Boylston professor of rhetoric, oratory and elocution." (Quote from

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