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    I knew a very wise man that believed that . . . if a man were
    permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should
    make the laws of a nation.
    - Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (2),

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I love a ballad but even too well if it be doleful matter merrily
set down, or a very read more

I love a ballad but even too well if it be doleful matter merrily
set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed and sung lamentably.

by William Shakespeare Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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Thespis, the first professor of our art,
At country wakes snug ballads from a cart.

Thespis, the first professor of our art,
At country wakes snug ballads from a cart.

by John Dryden Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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The farmer's daughter hath soft brown hair
(Butter and eggs and a pound of cheese)
And I read more

The farmer's daughter hath soft brown hair
(Butter and eggs and a pound of cheese)
And I met with a ballad, I can't say where,
That wholly consisted of lines like these.

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For a ballad's a thing you expect to find lies in.

For a ballad's a thing you expect to find lies in.

by Samuel Lover Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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I've now got the music book ready,
Do sit up and sing like a lady
A recitative read more

I've now got the music book ready,
Do sit up and sing like a lady
A recitative from Tancredi,
And something from "Palpiti!"
Sing forte when first you begin it,
Piano the very next minute,
They'll cry "What expression there's in it!"
Don't sing English ballads to me!

by Thomas Haynes Bayly Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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I have a passion for ballad. . . . They are the gypsy children of
song, born under green read more

I have a passion for ballad. . . . They are the gypsy children of
song, born under green hedgerows in the leafy lanes and bypaths
of literature,--in the genial Summertime.

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A famous man is Robin Hood
The English ballad-singer's joy.

A famous man is Robin Hood
The English ballad-singer's joy.

by William Wordsworth Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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More solid things do not show the complexion of the times so well
as Ballads and Libels.

More solid things do not show the complexion of the times so well
as Ballads and Libels.

by John Selden Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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I had rather be a kitten and cry mew
Than one of these same metre ballet-mongers.

I had rather be a kitten and cry mew
Than one of these same metre ballet-mongers.

by William Shakespeare Found in: Ballads Quotes,
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