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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 Christ…

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 Br…

Sad Bread

(Latin, pavis gravis). Heavy bread, ill-made bread. Shakespeare calls it “distressful bread”- not the bread of distress, but the panis gravis or ill-made bread eaten by the poor…

Sad Dog

(He's a). Un triste sujet. A playful way of saying a man is a debauchee. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894SadahSad Bread A B C D E F G H I J K L M …

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 herself…

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 …

Fabila's sad Fate

The king Don Fabila was a man of very obstinate purpose and fond of the chase. One day he encountered a boar, and commanded those who rode with him to remain quiet and not interfere; but th…

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 up…

Joyce Kilmer: Ballade of my Lady's Beauty

Ballade of my Lady's BeautyJoyce KilmerSquire Adam had two wives, they say, Two wives had he, for his delight, He kissed and clypt them all the day And clypt and kissed them all the night. …

John G. Neihardt: Ballad of a Child

Ballad of a ChildJohn G. NeihardtYearly thrilled the plum tree With the mother-mood; Every June the rose stock Bore her wonder-child: Every year the wheatlands Reared a golden brood: World of …