Broadside Ballads Online

from the Bodleian Libraries

Imprint Names:

Imprint Locations:

    between 1819 and 1844


Pitts, Printer, wholesale toy warehouse, 6 Great St. Andrew Street


1st Ballad - Roud Number: 1354

Title: Young William of the royal waggon train

First Line: One lovely morning I was walking

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V917

Title: Come dwell with me

First Line: Come dwell with me, come dwell with me

3rd Ballad - Roud Number: 2809

Title: The poor little fisherman's girl

First Line: It was down in the country a poor girl was weeping

Themes:  Orphans

4th Ballad - Roud Number: 7146

Title: A pretty little dear

First Line: One morning very early a strange thought came in my head

Tune: Oh cruel

5th Ballad - Roud Number: V8419

Title: The fate of young Henry. In answer to Caroline of Edinburgh town'

First Line: Young Henry a sailor bold as ever ploughed the main

6th Ballad - Roud Number: V685

Title: Listen dear Fanny

First Line: Listen dear Fanny, oh, listen to me

7th Ballad - Roud Number: V12373

Title: I saw her at the fancy fair

First Line: I saw her at the fancy fair

8th Ballad - Roud Number: V9793

Title: Fare thee well, my love good morrow

First Line: In full pursuit of love and wine

Themes:  Seduction and abandonment

9th Ballad - Roud Number: V7936

Title: Cup of nectar. (Duet)

First Line: Cup of nectar -- rosy nectar

1st Illustration

IconClass Codes:
25F32: Song-birds

2nd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
42D111: Man kneeling before his beloved (proposing)

3rd Illustration

IconClass Codes:
32B311(SCOTS): Europeans (with NAME)
41D3: Folk costume, regional costume
43C912: Woman dancing alone

4th Illustration

IconClass Codes:
42D341: Dominating husband


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