Page:An Elizabethan garland; being a descriptive catalogue of seventy black-letter ballads, printed between the years 1559 and 1597.djvu/23

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in the year of our Lord 1565. They were booth women chyldren, and were chrystened and lyved half a daye. The one departed before the other almoste an howre." It is entirely prose, with a woodcut of the two children, united at the stomach.)


A Proper New balad of the Bryber Gehesie.

Taken out of the fourth booke of Kinges the V. Chapter.

To the tune of Kynge Salomon.Finis Q.George Mell.

Imprinted at London in Fletestreate beneath the Conduit, at the Signe of S. John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell.

[Woodcut border in the centre.]

(This ballad was licensed by the Stationers' Company in 1566–7. The story of Gehazi is in what we now call the Second Book of Kings. "A Ballett of Kyng Salomon," probably the original of the tune here referred to, was licensed in 1559–60.)

As ye this shape abhorre

In body for to have:

In gods power
all flesh stands
As the clay in the
Potters hands.

So flee such Vices farre

As might the Soule deprave.

To fashion even
as he wyll,
In good shape
or in yll.

Imprinted at London by John Awdeley, dwellyng in little Britain Streete without Aldersgate. The 23. of December.

[Woodcut of a child, the fore part and the back part, inclosed in a woodcut border. Plain border all round.Prose and Verse.]

(John Sampson (alias Awdely), the printer, was probably the author of this production. It is not named in Smith's "Bibliotheca Cantiana.")


The Daunce and Song of Death.

[A Woodcut with twenty figures, and five verses in black-letter]


A Newe Ballade of a Lover Extollinge his Ladye.

To the tune of Damon and Pithias.


Imprinted at London, in Fletstrete at the signe of the Faucon by Wylliam Gryffith. 1568.

A very passionate and beautiful ballad; the burden of which is, "Or els for love I die."

[Music at the top—plain border all round—border, with figures in the centre.]

(This ballad was licensed to Thomas Colwell in 1562–3. The tune is unknown.)