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BALLADS
[ Also see Books Literature Music Poetry Romance Singing Songs Story Telling Voice Writing ]

I've now got the music book ready,
  Do sit up and sing like a lady
    A recitative from Tancredi,
      And something from "Palpiti!"
        Sing forte when first you begin it,
          Piano the very next minute,
            They'll cry "What expression there's in it!"
              Don't sing English ballads to me!
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
        Don't Sing English Ballads to Me

The farmer's daughter hath soft brown hair
  (Butter and eggs and a pound of cheese)
    And I met with a ballad, I can't say where,
      That wholly consisted of lines like these.
      - Charles Stuart Calverley, Ballad

Thespis, the first professor of our art,
  At country wakes snug ballads from a cart.
      - John Dryden, Prologue to Sophonisba

I knew a very wise man that believed that . . . if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
      - Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (2),
        Works--Letters to the Marquis of Montrose
         (p. 266), quoting the Earl of Comarty

Vocal portraits of the national mind.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Some people resemble ballads which are only sung for a certain time.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 220)

Ballads are the gypsy children of song, born under green hedgerows, in leafy lanes and by-paths of literature, in the genial summer-time.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I have a passion for ballad. . . . They are the gypsy children of song, born under green hedgerows in the leafy lanes and bypaths of literature,--in the genial Summertime.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. II, ch. II)

For a ballad's a thing you expect to find lies in.
      - Samuel Lover, Paddy Blake's Echo

A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

More solid things do not show the complexion of the times so well as Ballads and Libels.
      - John Selden, Libels

I had rather be a kitten and cry mew
  Than one of these same metre ballet-mongers.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at III, i)

I love a ballad but even too well if it be doleful matter merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed and sung lamentably.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Clown at IV, iv)

A famous man is Robin Hood
  The English ballad-singer's joy.
      - William Wordsworth, Rob Roy's Grave


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