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FOLK-SONGS, say the Board of Education, in their Suggestions for the consideration of Teachers, "are the expression in the idiom of the people of their joys and sorrows, their unaffected patriotism, their zest for sport, and the simple pleasures of a country life. Such music is the tarly and spontaneous uprising of artistic power in a nation, and the ground on which all national music is built up; folk-songs are the true classics of the people, and their survival, so often by tradition alone, proves that their appeal is direct and lasting." This, we contend, is true in every particular, and national music may be said to be built up on folk melodies. Unhappily, with us the music of our race has been ignored, disparaged, and set aside; and our modern music is the outcome of the study of foreign models. We have been the very starlings of the musical world, acquiring the pipe and warble of strange birds, and forgetting our own wood-notes wild. In our primary and secondary schools no provision has been made for the teaching of folk-jnusic to our children. They have been given tunes " made in Germany," or composed for them by masters, English it may be, but speaking in another musical tongue from that of the people. Folk-song is in verity the product of the people, rising as naturally out of its consciousness, expressing as truly its feelings and its aspirations, as the song of thrush and blackbird and ousel expresses the longings of the, little hearts, and their rapture in spring sun and zephyrs. The folk-song of one race is not the folk-song of another, any more than the warble of the blackbird is the twitter of the finch, Why, then, should we endeavour to force our children to learn the notes of Germany and France and Italy, instead ot acquiring that which is their very own ? Why dress a Japanese in English hat and frock coat, and force English feet into French sabots ? I have lived for over forty years in country parishes, and not once have I heard a child spontaneously give forth one of these school songs, though I have met these children daily in lane and road, nutting in the woods, gleaning in the cornfields. I hear their bright, clear voices ring out in chatter and laugh, never in the class-acquired song. That is rejected, as they leave school, as something acquired, uncongenial, and irksome.
English Folk-Songs For Schools, Index Page
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|Dedication Title Page Printers Mark INTRODUCTION. INTRODUCTION. CONTENTS - 0101 The Wraggle Taggle Gipsies O ! - 0102 Page - 0103 Lord Rendal - 0104 Page - 0105 The Old Man and his Wife - 0106 Page - 0107 The Shepherd's Daughter. - 0108 Page - 0109 The Two Magicians - 0110 Page - 0111 Cold blows the wind - 0112 Page - 0113 The Golden Vanity - 0114 Page - 0115 Flowers in the Valley - 0116 Page - 0117 The Coasts of Barbary - 0118 Page - 0119 Henry Martin - 0120 Page - 0121 Do. (second version) - 0122 Page - 0123 Lord Bateman - 0124 Page - 0125 The Outlandish Knight - 0126 Page - 0127 Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor - 0128 Page - 0129 Henry V and the King of France - 0130 Page - 0131 The Golden Glove - 0132 18. Hares on the Mountains - 0133 16. Blow away the morning dew - 0134 Page - 0135 17. The Seeds of Love - 0136 Page - 0137 Page - 0138 Page - 0139 19. Creeping Jane - 0140 Page - 0141 20. Poor old horse - 0142 23. Dabbling in the dew - 0143 Page - 0144 Page - 0145 21. High Germany - 0146 Page - 0147 Page - 0148 Page - 0149 24. The Three Huntsmen - 0150 Page - 0151 25. Just as the tide was a-flowing - 0152 28. Sir John Barleycorn - 0153 26. The Merry Haymakers - 0154 Page - 0155 27. Strawberry Fair - 0156 Page - 0157 Page - 0158 Page - 0159 29. The Simple Ploughboy - 0160 Page - 0161 30. Sweet Nightingale - 0162 Page - 0163 31. The Fox - 0164 Page - 0165 32. The Country Farmer's Son - 0166 Page - 0167 33. The Cuckoo - 0168 Page - 0169 34. The Jolly Waggoner - 0170 Page - 0171 35. Let Bucks a-hunting go - 0172 38. The Loyal Lover - 0173 36. The Evening Prayer - 0174 Page - 0175 37. The Saucy Sailor - 0176 Page - 0177 Page - 0178 Page - 0179 39. Outward and Home waul Bound - 0180 Page - 0181 40. The Dark-eyed Sailor - 0182 Page - 0183 41. Near London Town - 0184 Page - 0185 42. Sly Reynard - 0186 Page - 0187 43. A Frog he would a-wooing go - 0188 Page - 0189 44. The Frog and the Mouse - 0190 Page - 0191 45. The < )ld Woman and the Pedlar - 0192 48. The Carrion Crow - 0193 46. This Old Man - 0194 Page - 0195 47. Cock a doodle doo - 0196 Page - 0197 Page - 0198 Page - 0199 49. The Tailor and the Mouse - 0200 Page - 0201 30. Robin-a-Thrush - 0202 Page - 0203 51. One Michaelmas morn - 0204 Page - 0205 52. The Foolish Boy - 0206 Page - 0207 53. Mowing the Barley - 0208 Page - 0209|