Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age ePub (Adobe DRM) download by Arthur Henry Bullen

Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age

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Publication date: September 2010
ISBN: 9782819905950
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The present Anthology is intended to serve as a companion volume to the Poetical Miscellanies published in England at the close of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries. A few of the lyrics here collected are, it is true, included in «England's Helicon,» Davison's «Poetical Rhapsody,» and «The Ph[oe]nix' Nest»; and some are to be found in the modern collections of Oliphant, Collier, Rimbault, Mr. W.J. Linton, Canon Hannah, and Professor Arber. But many of the poems in the present volume are, I have every reason to believe, unknown even to those who have made a special study of Elizabethan poetry. I have gone carefully through all the old song-books preserved in the library of the British Museum, and I have given extracts from two books of which there is no copy in our national library. A first attempt of this kind must necessarily be imperfect. Were I to go over the ground again I should enlarge the collection, and I should hope to gain tidings of some song-books (mentioned by bibliographers) which I have hitherto been unable to trace.
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