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The Commemoration Fund is thus well started. I have only to appeal to you to contribute to it, either by giving or collecting a donation of Ten Pounds, or any smaller amount. All money should be paid either to the Society's Honorary Secretary, ARTHUR G. SNELGROVE, Esq., London Hospital, London, E., or the Early English Text Society's account with the Union Bank, Prince's Street, London, E.C., or to me,
FREDK. J. FURNIVALL,
Feb. 1, 1874. (1st date, Nov. 3, 1873.)
Donors of £10.
THE DUKE OF MANCHESTER.
J. S. B.
PROF. F. J. CHILD.
PRIMROSE HILL, LONDON, N.W.
Donors of sums under £10.
N. TRÜBNER, Esq., £5 58.
DR ERNEST ADAMS, £1 18.
PROF. JOSEPH PAYNE, £1 1s.
THE REV. WM. WILLIAMSON,
THE REV. CANON TOOLE, £1 18.
J. W. HALES, ESQ., £1 18.
List of the Early English Text Society's Books.
ORIGINAL SERIES (One guinea a year).
The Publications for 1864 (21s.) are :—
1. Early English Alliterative Poems, ab. 1360 A.D., ed. R. Morris. 168. 2. Arthur, ab. 1440, ed. F. J. Furnivall. 48.
3. Lauder on the Dewtie of Kyngis, &c., 1556, ed. F. Hall. 4s.
4. Sir Gawayne and Green Knight, ab. 1360, ed. R. Morris. 10s.
The Publications for 1865 (218.) are:
5. Hume's Orthographie and Congruitie of the Britan Tongue, ab. 1617, ed. H. B. Wheatley. 4s.
6. Lancelot of the Laik, ab. 1500, ed. Rev. W. W. Skeat. 85.
7. Genesis and Exodus, ab. 1250, ed. R. Morris. (Reprinting.)
8. Morte Arthure, ab. 1440, ed. E. Brock. 7s.
9. Thynne on Chaucer's Works, ab. 1598, ed. Dr Kingsley.
10. Merlin, ab. 1440, Part I., ed. H. B. Wheatley.
The Publications for 1866, out of print, are:
13. Seinte Marherete, 1200-1330, ed. Rev. O. Cockayne.
14. King Horn, Floris and Blancheflour, &c., ed. Rev. J. R. Lumby.
15. Political, Religious, and Love Poems, ed. F. J. Furnivall,
16. The Book of Quinte Essence, ab. 1460-70, ed. F. J. Furnivall.
17. Parallel Extracts from 29 MSS. of Piers the Plowman, ed. Rev. W. W. Skeat.
18. Hali Meidenhad, ab. 1200, ed. Rev. O. Cockayne.
19. Lyndesay's Monarche, &c., Part II., ed. F. Hall.
20. Hampole's English Prose Treatises, ed. Rev. G. G. Perry,
21. Merlín, Part II., ed. H. B. Wheatley.
22. Partenay or Lusignen, ed. Rev. W. W. Skeat.
23. Dan Michel's Ayenbite of Inwyt, 1340, ed. R. Morris.
The Publications for 1867 (one guinea, less No. 24, 25, 26, out of print) are:2. Hymns to the Virgin and Christ; the Parliament of Devils, &c., ab. 1430, ed. F. J. Furnivall. 25. The Stacions of Rome, the Pilgrims' Sea-voyage, with Clene Maydenhod, ed. F. J. Furnivall. 18. 26. Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse, from R. Thornton's MS. (ab. 1440), ed. Rev. G. G. Perry. 28. 27. Levins's Manipulus Vocabulorum, 1570, ed. H. B. Wheatley. 128.
28. William's Vision of Piers the Plowman, 1362 A.D. Part I. The earliest or Vernon Text; Text A. Edited by Rev. W. W. Skeat. 6s.
29. Early English Homilies (ab. 1220-30 A.D.) from unique MSS. in the Lambeth and other Libraries. Part I. Edited by R. Morris. 78.
30. Pierce the Plowman's Crede, ed. Rev. W. W. Skeat. 2s.
The Publications for 1868 (one guinea) are :—
31. Myro's Duties of a Parish Priest, in Verse, ab. 1420 A.D., ed. E. Peacock. 48.
32. The Babees Boke, Urbanitatis, the Bokes of Norture of John Russell and Hugh Rhodes, the Bokes of Keruyng, Curtasye, and Demeanour, &c., with some French and Latin Poems on like subjects, ed. from Harleian and other MSS. by F. J. Furnivall. 158.
33. The Knight De La Tour Landry (from French of A.D. 1372), ab. 1440 A.D. A Father's Book for his Daughters, ed. from Harl. MS. 1764 and Caxton's version, by Thomas Wright. 8s. 34. Early English Homilies (before 1300 A.D. from unique MSS. in the Lambeth and other Libraries. Part II. Edited by R. Morris, 88.
35. Lyndesay's Works, Part III.: The Historie and Testament of Squyer Meldrum, ed. F. Hall. 28.
The Publications for 1869 (one guinea) are :—
36. Merlin, Part III. Edited by H. B. Wheatley, Esq.; with an Essay on Arthurian Localities, by J. S. Stuart Glennie, Esq. 128.
87. Lyndesay's Works, Part IV., containing Aue Satyre of the Three Estaits. Edited by F. Hall, Esq. 48.
38. William's Vision of Piers the Plowman, Part II. Text B. Edited from the MSS. by the Rev. W. W. Skeat, M.A. 10s. 6d.
39. The Alliterative Romance of the Destruction of Troy, translated from Guido de Colonna. Edited by D. Donaldson, Esq., and the Rev. G. A. Panton. Part I. 10s. 6d.
The Publications for 1870 (one guinea) are :—
40. English Gilds, their Statutes and Customs, 1389 A. D. Edited by the late Toulmin Smith, Esq., and Miss Lucy Toulmin Smith, with a Preliminary Essay, in 5 parts, on The History and Development of Gilds, and the Origin of Trades-Unions,' by Dr Lujo Brentano. 21s.
41. William Lauder's Minor Poems. Edited by F. J. Furnivall, Esq. 3s.
42. Bernardus De Cura Rei Famuliaris, with some Early Scottish Prophecies, &c. From a MS.
KK. 1. 5, in the Cambridge University Library. Edited by J. R. Lumby, M.A. 28. 43. Ratis Raving, and other Moral and Religious Pieces in Prose and Verse. Edited from the Camb. Univ. MS. KK. 1. 5, by J. R. Lumby, M.A. 38.
The Publications for 1871 are (for one guinea) :
44. The Alliterative Romance of Joseph of Arimathie, or The Holy Grail: a fragment from the Vernon MS.; with Wynkyn de Worde's and Pynson's (A.D. 1526 and 1520) Lives of Joseph; edited by the Rev. W. W. Skeat, M.A. 5s.
45. King Alfred's West-Saxon Version of Gregory's Pastoral Care, edited from 2 MSS., with an English translation, by Henry Sweet, Esq., of Balliol College, Oxford. Part I. 10s.
List of the Early English Text Society's Books.
46. Legends of the Holy Rood, Symbols of the Passion and Cross. Poems in Old English of the 11th, 14th, and 15th centuries. Edited from MSS. by Rev. R. Morris, LL.D. 10s. 47. Lyndesay's Works, Part V., containing his Minor Poems, edited by James A. H. Murray, Esq., with a critical Essay by Professor Nichol of Glasgow. 3s.
48. The Times' Whistle, and other Poems, by R. C., 1616; edited by J. M. Cowper, Esq. 68.
The Publications for 1872 are (for one guinea):
49. An Old English Miscellany, containing a Bestiary, Kentish Sermons, Proverbs of Alfred, Religious Poems of the 13th century, edited from the MSS. by the Rev. R. Morris, LL.D. 10s. 50. King Alfred's West-Saxon Version of Gregory's Pastoral Care, edited from 2 MSS., with an
English translation, by Henry Sweet, Esq., Balliol College, Oxford. Part II. 108. 51. The Life of St Juliana, 2 versions, with translations; edited from the MSS. by the Rev. T. O. Cockayne and Mr. Brock. 28.
52. Palladius on Husbondrie, from the unique MS., ab. 1420 A.D., ed. Rev. B. Lodge. Part I. 10s.
The Publications for 1873 are (for one guinea) :—
53. Old English Homilies, Series II., from the unique 13th-century MS. in Trinity Coll. Cam. bridge, with a photolithograph; three Hymns to the Virgin and God, from a unique 13thcentury MS. at Oxford, a photolithograph of the music to two of them, and transcriptions of it in modern notation by Dr. RIMBAULT, and A. J. ELLIS, Esq., F.R.S.; the whole edited by the Rev. RICHARD MORRIS, LL.D. 88.
54. The Vision of Piers Plowman, Text C (completing the 3 versions of this great poem', with an Autotype; and two unique alliterative poems: Richard the Redeles (by William, the author of the Vision); and The Crowned King; edited by the Rev. W. W. SKEAT, M.A. 18s. 55. Generydes, a Romance, edited from the unique MS., ab. 1440 A.D., in Trin. Coll. Cambridge, by W. ALDIS WRIGHT, Esq., M.A., Trin. Coll. Cambr. Part 1. 38.
EXTRA SERIES (One guinea a year).
The Publications for 1867 are (for one guinea) :—
I. William of Palerne; or, William and the Werwolf. Re-edited from the unique MS. in King's College, Cambridge, by the Rev. W. W. Skeat. M.A. 138.
II Early English Pronunciation, with especial reference to Shakspere and Chancer, by A. J. Ellis, F.R.S. Part I. 10s.
The Publications for 1868 are (for one guinea) :
III. Caxton's Book of Curtesye, in 3 Versions: 1, from the unique print in the Camb, Univ. Libr. 2, the Oriel MS. 79; 3, the Balliol MS. 354. Ed. by F. J. Furnivall, Esq., M.A. 58. IV. Havelok the Dane. Re-edited from the unique MS. by the Rev. W. W. Skeat, M.A., with
the sanction and aid of the original editor, Sir Frederic Madden. 108. V. Chaucer's Boethius. Edited from the two best MSS. by R. Morris, LL.D. VI. Chevelere Assigne. Re-edited from the unique MS. by H. H. Gibbs, Esq.
The Publications for 1869 are (for one guinea) :
VII. Early English Pronunciation, with especial reference to Shakspere and Chaucer, by A. J. Ellis, F.R.S. Part II. 10s.
VIII. Queene Elizabethes Achademy, a Book of Precedence. &c. Edited by F. J. Furnivall, Esq., with Essays on early Italian and German Books of Courtesy, by W. M. Rossetti, Esq., and E. Oswald, Esq. 138.
IX. Awdeley's Fraternitye of Vacabondes, Harman's Caveat, &c. Edited by E. Viles, Esq., and F. J. Furnivall, Esq. 78. 6d.
The Publications for 1870 are (for one guinea) :
X. Andrew Boorde's Introduction of Knowledge, 1547, and Dyetary of Helth, 1542; with Barnes in the Defence of the Berde, 1542-3. Edited, with a Life of BOORDE, and an account of his Works, by F. J. Furnivall, M.A. 18s.
XI. Barbour's Bruce. Part I. Edited from the MSS. and early printed editions, by the Rev. W. W. Skeat, M.A. 12s.
The Publications for 1871 are (for one guinea):—
XII. England in Henry VIII's Time: a Dialogue between Cardinal Pole and Lupset, mainly on the Condition of England, written by Thomas Starkey, Chaplain to Henry VIII. Edited by J. M. Cowper, Esq. Part II. 128. (Part I., Starkey's Life and Letters, is in preparation.) XIII. A Supplycacyon of the Beggers, by Simon Fish, 1528-9 A.D., edited by F. J. Furnivall, M.A.; with A Supplication to our Moste Soueraigne Lorde; A Supplication of the Poore Commons; and The Decaye of England by the Great Multitude of Sheep, edited by J. M. Cowper, Esq. 68. XIV. Early English Pronunciation, with especial reference to Shakspere and Chaucer, by A. J. Ellis, Esq., F.R.S. Part III. 108.
The Publications for 1872 are (for one guinea) :—
XV. Robert Crowley's Thirty-one Epigrams, Voyce of The Last Trumpet, Way to Wealth, &c., 1550-1 A.D., edited by J. M. Cowper, Esq. 12s.
XVI. Chaucer's Treatise on the Astrolabe, 1391 A.D. Ed. from MSS. by Rev. W. Skeat, M.A. 10s. XVII. The Complaynt of Scotlande, 1519 A.D., with an Appendix of four Contemporary English
Tracts, edited by J. A. H. Murray, Esq. Part I. 10s.
The Publications for 1873 are (for one guinea) :
XVIII. The Complaynt of Scotlande, 1549 A D., with an Appendix of four contemporary English
Tracts (1542-48), edited by J. A. H. MURRAY, Esq. Part II. Ss.
XIX. Oure Ladyes Myroure, A.D. 1530, edited by the Rev. J. H. BLUNT, M.A., with four full-page photolithographic facsimiles by Cooke and Fotheringham. 248.
The Subscription for 1873 became due on January 1, and should be paid at once to the Hon. Sec. ARTHUR G. SNELGROVE, Esq., London Hospital, London, E., by Cheque or Post-Office Order payable at the Chief Office, or to the Society's account at the Alliance Bank, Bartholomew Lane, E.C.
No publication will be sent to any Member till his Subscription for 1873 is paid.
The Ballad Society.
(BY MR. FURNIVALL.)
OCTOBER, 1 8 7 3.
THOUGH this Report is sadly late in its appearance,* yet it brings with it the first Part of this year's issue, as well as the last Part of last year's. Part IV. of the Roxburghe Ballads for 1872 starts the second volume of our reprint of this well-known collection, while Part V. continues that volume. I had hoped that Part VI. would have been our second issue for 1873, thus completing Volume II.; but Mr. Chappell's work at his History of Music compels him to shorten the time he can give to Ballads; and Part VI. of the 'Roxburghe' is therefore put off till 1874. Its place for 1873 will be filled, I hope, by the second Part of the second volume of Ballads from Manuscripts, the appearance of which has been so long deferred from want of funds, and which Mr. Morfill of Oriel has kindly undertaken to edit. It will contain an Introduction, etc., to Richard Williams's Poore Man's Pittance issued by the Society as its No. 3, in 1868, together with Ballads on Queen Elizabeth, Essex, Campion, Drake, etc. That any of these Ballads possess high poetic
A severe dispute as to large charges for 'corrections' led to a change of printers early in the year. It was a long time before we could get the woodcuts set free from the old forms of type; then our new printers, Messrs. Austin & Sons, of Hertford, could give us only three sheets of proof at once; occasional delays for new cuts, for settling some doubtful point, or collating another copy of a Ballad, have occurred; so that we have not been able to get the two Parts out before the present time.
merit, none of us can hope. Experience has taught us that, when Ballad-writing became a trade, and ceast to be the spontaneous expression of high emotion, geniuses didn't write ballads, nor did imagination and poetic fervour inform their lines. None the less, however, do the more prosaic utterances of the Deloneys and Martin Parkers-or their representatives-of the Elizabethan and Stuart times, reflect the feelings of the common folk they were written for, and sung to; none the less valuable, therefore, are they to us, students of the history of the social and political life of former times. Look at our first Part for last year, the completion of my Ballads from Manuscripts on the social condition of Tudor England: see in it the fierce invectives (in 1528) against Wolsey by one of those commoners of England whom he had gnawen as a Dogge dothe a Catte"; see the Northern Papist's call to rebellion (in 1536) against Henry VIII.'s Reformation, and his minister Cromwell's exactions; see the glad procession on Anne Boleyn's coronation, the hopes that such men as Leland and Udal had of the results to spring from it; then read the Ballad of her Fortune, and witness her end; see the guiltless student of Plato at the scaffold, read her Lamentation' and 'Lament' before she 'mekely took her death; turn to the earlier denunciation of the 'Galaunt's' silly vicious ways, imported from France into England;-in all you have witness of the feelings, the life, of the times, and are helpt in your judgment of what those times were. Nor does the case alter, save in aspect, when you turn to the Roxburghe Ballads. There you have seldom the fierceness of political dispute; but you find pictures of home life. You see on one hand the 'Lover Forsaken' lamenting his lost Love; on the other, 'The Maiden's Complaint of her Love's inconstancie'; you see 'The merry-conceited Lasse, Whose heart's desire was set on fire, A husband for to have'; 'A Messe of Good Fellowes,' who will have 'the other odd quart'; 'John Tomson and Jakaman his Wife' discussing whether husbands or wives are most in fault; Mock-beggar Hall,' with its satire on the show, the pretentiousness, and stinginess, of upstarts striving to ape nobles; you hear the praise of 'The Milkmaid's Life,' the Blacksmith's trade; you hear the old old story of Grisild's constancy re-told, the Lord of Lorn's sorrows re-sung, the love of Maudlin, the Merchant's Daughter,' re-celebrated; and you can enter into the feelings and mind of those to