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Stanza 15.—Wall=choice ; fiude (flode)=sea ; confort= cheer.
Stanza 16.—Gert=caused; blin=cease.
P. 3. Les Espag-nols SUP Mer. From Joseph Hall's edition of the Poems of Lawrence Minot, p. 33.
Stanza 1.—Spede=cause to prosper; wight=stout; dale= earth, grave; fele=many; fare=brag.
Stanza 2.—Taburns=tabours, small drums; weremen= warriors; holl=hull.
Stanza 3.—Hurdis=bulwark; on here=on high; neghed= approached; snaper=stumble; ferr=farther; fine=come to an end, die; tyne=lose; reved=carried off.
Stanza 4.—Boy with thi blac berd—Barbenoire or Bocca-Negra, pirate of Genoa; rede=advise; blin=cease; were on= fight against; domp=plunge; lout=bow low to.
P. 4. The Pilgrims' Sea Voyage. From a MS. in the
library of Trinity College, Cambridge. Edited by J. F. Furnivall for the Early English Text Society in 1867; also printed in Halliwell's Early Naval Ballads, p. 1. Date of MS. temp. Henry VI. A translation is given by Clowes, The Royal Navy,
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On p. 5, line 15, 'lyle' is a misprint for 'lyke.'
Stanza 1.—Gramys=troubles.
Stanza 2.—Hissa=hoist away : French * hissez'; crake=talk.
Stanza 3.—Taylia=haul aft the sheet.
Stanza 4.—No nere=steer no nearer the wind. The note of interrogation is clearly wrong.
Stanza 5.—Trussa=haul on the truss; probably the French 'troussez.' Wartake=French 'uretacque' (Jal); defined by Falconer as ' the preventer fore tack.' Cf. Inventories of Henry VII, p. 71.
Stanza 6.—Pery=a squall; Thou canst no whery=thou understandest not a ship.
P. 6. Sir Andrew Barton. Text in Hales and Furnivall, Bishop Percy's Folio MS., iii. 399, and in Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, iii. 334. There is also a later broad­side version which is printed in A Collection of Old Ballads, 1723, i. 159, and in Roxburghe Ballads, i. 10. Percy's Reliques contains a composite version.
Bishop Percy's MS. is said to belong to the reign of Charles I., but the version of this ballad it contains probably belongs to an earlier period. It apparently attributes to Charles, Lord Howard of Effingham, who died in 1624, the exploit of his kinsman, Sir Edward Howard, who died in 1513, a kind of confusion which ii< not uncommon in ballads handed down by tradition.
Contemporary narratives give no account of Sir Edward