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ENGLISH SONG AND BALLAD MUSIC.
The first stanza is here adapted to a second version of Roger de Goverlcy.
There are two other ballads of " Arthur-a-Bradley,"—one commencing, "All in the merry month of May" (included in the third volume of the Roxhurghe Ballads), and the second, " Come, neighbours, and listen awhile," reprinted in " Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasantry of England," by J. H. Dixon. Both are evidently of later date than the above.
There may have been a fourth ballad, for Gayton, in his Festivous Notes on Don Quixote, 4to., 1654, p. 141, says, " 'Tis not alwaies sure that 'tis merry in hall when beards wag all, for these men's beards wagg'd as fast as they could tug 'em, but mov'd no mirth at all: They were verifying that song of— ' Heigh, brave Arthur o' Bradley, A beard without haire looks madly.'" The last line is not to be found in any of the above-mentioned.







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