Broadside Ballads Online

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1st Ballad - Roud Number: V20171

Title: The un-seaworthy ship

First Line: The doomed ship weighs anchor, out she's bound

Tune: Driven from home

Attributation: Written by John Smyth, Denholme, near Bingley

Authors:  Smith, John

Themes:  Shipwreck

2nd Ballad - Roud Number: V9277

Title: The stage of life

First Line: All the world is one great stage, this Shakespeare said of old

Tune: Never push a man when he's going down the hill

Attributation: Written by John Smyth, Denholme, near Bingley

Authors:  Smith, John


IconClass Codes:
46C26: Steamsailer


Shelfmark: Firth c.16(408)

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