Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 4 of 8 from 1860 edition -online book

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" This ' pleasant History,' which ' may be sung to the tune of Floras Farewell,' is here republished from a copy printed at London for F. Cotes and others, 1677, 12mo. bl. ]., preserved in the curious and valu­able collection of that excellent and most respected antiquary Antony a Wood, in the Ashmolean Mu­seum ; compared with another impression, for the same partners, without date, in the editor's possession. A different copy of the poem, more in the ballad form, was published, and may be found among the king's pamphlets in the British Museum. Both copies are conjectured to have been modernized, by different persons, from some common original, which has hith­erto eluded the vigilance of collectors, but is strongly suspected to have been the composition of an old North country minstrel.
" The full title is, The Lovers Quarrel: or Cupids Triumph: being the pleasant history of Fair Rosamond of Scotland. Being daughter to the Lord Arundel, whose love was obtained by the valour of Tommy Pots : who conquered the Lord Phenix, and wounded him, and after obtained her to be his wife. Being very delightful to read." Ritson, Pieces of Ancient Popular Poetry, p. 135.

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