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Ancient Poems Ballads and Songs of England - (Traditional)

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Ancient Poems, Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England
Edited by Robert Bell



Taken down from oral recitation and transcribed from private 
manuscripts, rare broadsides and scarce publications.

INTRODUCTION.



IN 1846, the Percy Society issued to its members a volume entitled 
ANCIENT POEMS, BALLADS, AND SONGS OF THE PEASANTRY OF ENGLAND, 
edited by Mr. James Henry Dixon.  The sources drawn upon by Mr. 
Dixon are intimated in the following extract from his preface:-


He who, in travelling through the rural districts of England, has 
made the road-side inn his resting-place, who has visited the lowly 
dwellings of the villagers and yeomanry, and been present at their 
feasts and festivals, must have observed that there are certain old 
poems, ballads, and songs, which are favourites with the masses, 
and have been said and sung from generation to generation.


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