Broadside Ballads Online

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Of ballads and worms

Historically, some of the most avid consumers of ballad content have been worms...

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Bodleian Ballads image-match demonstrator now online

As noted in other posts, the Bodleian library is applying computer-aided image-match technology...

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Broadside Ballads Online presents a digital collection of English printed ballad-sheets from between the 16th and 20th centuries, linked to other resources for the study of the English ballad tradition.

This resource is maintained by the Bodleian Libraries and features the Bodleian's digital collections of ballads, with links to the English Broadside Ballad Archive’s digital presentations of pre-1800 ballads from other libraries, and to the folk song scholarship of the Roud Broadside Index, hosted by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

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Featured Ballad

Harding B 11(650)

This sheet contains contains two ballads: the minstrel song Nelly Bly sits incongruously with the stirring patriotic song The Colours the Ladies Should Wear:

"What girl would not love the lads fighting
Under the "red, white and blue."

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