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.
Half sheet pasted to album leaf 1, on right side.
Image: Vignette wood engraving showing lovers standing and holding hands, before a tree and cottage to the left (birds on the ground in the foreground), and a sailboat on water to the right in the background.
I N Sheffield park, O there did dwell,
I went up stairs to make the bed,
O mistress, mistress you little know,
My mistress away from me did go,
So take this letter to him with speed,
She took the letter immediately,
How can she think how fond I'd be,
Then she return'd immediately,
She gather'd the green grass for her bed,
O cruel man, I find thou art,
<Pit>ts, Printer, wholesale Toy and Marble warehouse
Basic transcription by Brett Single.
Pointed brackets mark conjectural readings and emendations.
Not mentioned by Leslie Shepard in John Pitts, Ballad Printer
of Seven Dials, London, 1765ñ1844 (London: Private Libraries Association,
1969). A presumably different printing is listed in Catnach's Catalogue
(1832), 5. The Digital Tradition Folk Song Database has posted a variant
text from The Seeds of Love: A Comprehensive Anthology of Folk Songs
of the British Isles, ed. Stephen Sedley (London: Essex Music, 1967),
"collated from broadsides in Dorset and Essex."
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