Child's Ballads

Week 12: England - Assignments - Reading - Resources - Images



Francis J. Child's five volumes of English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882-1898) are one of the most important folk music collections in the European tradition. Unfortunately, it is no longer in print, but you can find the ballads online:

The Contemplator's Child Ballads site is where many of this week's texts (and MIDI files) originated. It does not contain all the ballads, but the MIDI files are helpful, and there are also very interesting notes about the ballads.

Sir Walter Scott. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.  A digital edition at

The Oxford Book of Ballads by Arthur Quiller-Couch (1910). A complete online edition of the book at Bartleby.

A Collection of Ballads by Andrew Lang (1910).

Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasntry of England edited by Robert Bell (1846). A collection of ballads that predates Child's.

A Handful of Pleasant Delights by Clement Robinson and Divers Others (1584) - selections from a 16th century collection of ballads.

Thomas Deloney's The Garland of Good Will (1631) and his Strange Histories (1602) are 17th century ballad collections.

Modern Languages / Anthropology 3043: Folklore & Mythology. Laura Gibbs, Ph.D. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. You must give the original author credit. You may not use this work for commercial purposes. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a license identical to this one.
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