Broadside Ballads Online

from the Bodleian Libraries

Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:


See Firth b.26(467/468) for imprint. For the first illustration, see Davison catalogue, No. 322.


1st Ballad - Roud Number: V5639

Title: Smoky house, and scolding wife

First Line: The tale is true I've often heard

Themes:  TavernsDomestic strife

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: 381

Title: Second thoughts are best

First Line: Come write me down ye powers above

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
41A16: Rural housing, e.g. country-house, villa, cottage

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
41D221(+44): Head-gear (+ feathers used for clothes)
48C852: Group of actors, troupe; actors on the stage
31AA2518(+81): Hand on the hip - AA - both arms or hands (+ male human being (not to be used where -A- is prescribed))
42D321: Marriage as trap, snare, etc.
46B31: Money


Shelfmark: Harding B 11(3551)

Click image to view larger

Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that can be written and read by websites and stored by the browser on your computer, tablet or smartphone. They do a number of things including allowing access to some types of content and functionality to users, and collecting anonymous user information so that site owners can monitor the performance of their sites. They are a kind of "memory" for a website that can help it respond appropriately to users and user behaviour.

Cookies on this website

This website stores cookies to remember the style (colours/fonts) preference and the ones used in Google Analytics. This anonymously tracks individual visitor behaviour on the website so that we can see how the site is being used. We only use this information for monitoring and improving our website and content for the benefit of our users (you).

More information about controlling these cookies can be found at The Bodleian Libraries and Cookies page.

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies completely (from all websites) by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on (BETA).

If you wish to have a deeper understanding about the cookies that Google uses check Cookies & Google Analytics page.