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sure, have a low or subordinate correctnefs, sometimes bordering on the insipid, yet often well adapted to the pathetic; thefe are generally in the southern dialect, exhibit a more modern phraseology, and are commonly defcriptive of more modern manners.—To be sensible of the difference between them, let the Reader compare in this volume No. III. of book III. with No. IX. of Book II.
Towards the end of Queen Elizabeth's reign, (as is mentioned above) the -genuine old Minstrelsy seems to have been extinct, and thenceforth the ballads that were produced were wholly of the latter kind, and thefe came forth in such abundance, that in the reign of James I. they began to be collected into little Miscellanies under the name of Garlands, and at length to be written purposely for such collections',
« In the Pepysian, and other libraries, are preserved a great stumber of these in black letter, 12 mo. under the following quaint and affected titles, viz.
1. A Crowne Garland of Gouldin Roses gathered out of England's Royall Garden, &c. by Richard Johnsot), 1612.
[In the Bodleyan Library.] r«. The Golden Garland or
Princely Delight. -3. The Garland pf Good-will, by T. D.
1631.-^—4.. The Royal Garland of Love and Delight, by T. D.——5. The Garland of Love and Mirth, by Thomas
Lanfier. -6. The Garland of Delight, &c. by Tho. Delone.
.- 1 7. Cupid-sGarland set round with guildedRoses 8. The
Garland of withered Roses, by Martin Parker, 1656. 9,
The Shepherd-s Garland of Love, Loyalty, &c. 10. The
Country Garland. 11. The Golden Gatland of Mirth and
Merriment jt. The Lover-s Garland. 13, Neptune-s
Fair Garland.-—ri4. England-s fair Garland. 15. Robin
Hood-s Garland —if. The Lover-s Garland. 17. The
Maiden-s Garland.——18. A loyal Garland of Mirth, and Pastime &c. &c, &c.
This sort of petty publications were anciently called PennyMirriments: as little religious tracts of the sa.tnp size went by the name Penny Godltnesses: In the Pepys, Library are multitudes of both kinds.
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I never heard the old song of Percie and Douglas, that I found not my heart moved more than with a trumpet: and yet * it' is fung but by some blinde crowder, with no rougher voice, than rude stile; which beeing so evill aparelled in the dust and cobweb of that uncivill age, what would it work, trimmed in the gorgeous eloquence of Pindare?
Sia Philip Sydney's Defence Of Poetry.