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Dramatic Poetry, ed. 1879, ii. 293; also in Stone's Sea Songs and Ballads, p. 4.
P. 18. The Obtaining; of the Great Galleazzo. Roxburgh* Ballads, vi. 384. Also printed in Arber's Tudor Tracts, p. 485, and in J. P. Collier's Broadside Black-Letter Ballads, 1868, p. 79, which gives some variants. By Thomas Deloney.
P. 21. The Winning Of Cales. Roxburgh* Ballads,
vi. 402. Printed also in Hales and Furnivall, Bishop Percy's
s Folio MS., iii. 453, which gives some variants. Written by
Thomas Deloney, and probably first appeared in his Garland of
Good Will, about 1596, soon after the capture of Cadiz.
P. 23. The SailOP's Onely Delight. Roxburgh* Ballads, vi. 408. A version with variants is given by Child, English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v. 133. In Fletcher's Two Noble Kinsmen, the jailor's daughter sings a fragment of an earlier version :
The George Alow came from the South
-From the coast of Barbary-a ; And there he met with brave gallants of war
By one, by two, by three-a. Well hail'd, well hail'd, you jolly gallants,
And whither now are you bound-a ? O let me have your company Till [I] come unto the Sound-a.
The second part of the ballad was licensed in 1611: the first part is not entered, but the tune is that of a ballad registered in March 1611 (Arber, Stationers' Register, iii. 206, b.). The ballad may refer to an historical event. 'In 1596 letters of reprisal were granted to Diggory Piper in the Sweepstakes of London . . . He was authorised to attack Spanish and Portuguese ships ; he commenced with some Flemings, continued with two French traders, and finished with a Dane having goods worth 3,000/. on board.' (Oppenheim, Tlie Administration of the Royal Navy, p. 180).
P. 25. The Seaman's Song of Captain Ward. Roxburghe
Ballads, vi. 784. Date of first publication July 3, 1609 (Arber, Stationers' Register, iii. 185, b.).
P. 27. The Song Of Danseker. Roxburghe Ballads, vi. 423. Same date as the preceding.
P. 30. Captain Ward and the Rainbow. Roxburghe Ballads, vi. 426. The earliest printed editions of this ballad belong to the latter half of the seventeenth century. It was reprinted as a broadside by J. Pitts in the early part of the nineteenth century. See Logan, A Pedlar's Pack, p. 7. The ballad is possibly a legendary version of Rainborow's expedition