Collection of eighty street ballads on forty sheets, mostly with
a woodcut printed at London, the majority by J. Catnach (1820ñ1830).
London: n.p., n.d.
Pasted to album leaf 7: broadside containing "The Banks of
Inverary" (left column) and "The Constant Lovers"
Image: vignette wood engraving of a duck standing on land, profiled against a background of water and vegetation.
A SAILOR courted a farmer's daughter,
Why as for sailors I don't admire,
This news was carried unto his mother,
My mother, he said, you are in a passion,
But when his love did hear the story,
So the constant lovers got married, and had an excellent fat duck for
Basic transcription by Brett Single.
Pointed brackets mark conjectural readings and emendations.
Not listed in Catnach's Catalogue (1832);
neither is the adjacent song. The same broadside is reproduced by Leslie
Shepard, from a copy in his own collection, in The History of Street
Literature (Detroit, MI: Singing Tree P, 1973), 176. The copies differ
(in Shepard's copy the wording of the the adjacent song differs in the
last line, and the wood engraving appears less damaged); but the setting
of "The Constant Lovers" is the same. Shepard also reports a
mention by Samuel Lover in 1837 of a performance of the song in Dublin,
which indirectly occasioned a parody by Percy French. The ballad, as reproduced
by Shepard, is noticed by Patricia Anderson, The Printed Image and the
Transformation of Popular Culture, 1790-1860 (Oxford: Clarendon P,
1991), 23, for the "surprising" incongruity of the illustration.
Claude M. Simpson, The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music (New
Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1966), mentions three other broadside ballads
published in the eighteenth century under the same title (346, 358, 540).
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