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(Encyclopedia) ballad, in literature and music, short, narrative poem or song usually relating a single, dramatic event. Two forms of the ballad are often distinguished?the folk ballad, dating from?

Brewer's: Ballad

means, strictly, a song to dance-music, or a song sung while dancing. (Italian, ballare, to dance, ballata, our ballad, ballet [q.v.]). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham?

Brewer's: Ballads

?Let me make the ballads, and who will may make the laws.? Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, in Scotland, wrote to the Marquis of Montrose, ?I knew a very wise man of Sir Christopher Musgrave's?


(Encyclopedia) Otterburn, village, Northumberland, N England. It was the scene of a victory (1388) of the Scots over the English. The engagement, in which Sir Henry Percy was taken captive, is the?

D'Urfey, Thomas

(Encyclopedia) D'Urfey, Thomas drf?, 1653?1723, English songwriter and dramatist. His comedies for the stage were forerunners of the ballad opera. In 1699?1700 Wit and Mirth; or, Pills to?

A Ballad of the Mulberry Road

A Ballad of the Mulberry RoadThe sun rises in south-east corner of things To look on the tall house of the Shin For they have a daughter named Rafu (pretty girl). She made the name for?

ballad opera

(Encyclopedia) ballad opera, in English drama, a play of comic, satiric, or pastoral intent, interspersed with songs, most of them sung to popular airs. First and best was The Beggar's Opera (?

Bickerstaffe, Isaac

(Encyclopedia) Bickerstaffe, Isaac, c.1735?c.1812, English dramatist, b. Ireland. Included among his comedies and ballad operas are The Maid of the Mill (produced in 1765) and The Padlock (produced?

Brewer's: Bon Gaultier Ballads

Parodies of modern poetry by W.E. Aytoun and Theodore Martin (Sir). Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Bon gre mal greBombastus A B C D E F G H I J K?

Amy Lowell: A Ballad of Footmen

A Ballad of FootmenNow what in the name of the sun and the stars Is the meaning of this most unholy of wars?Do men find life so full of humour and joy That for want of excitement they smash?