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RELIQUES

OF

ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY,

VOL. I.

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OF

ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY:

CONSISTING OF

Old Heroic BALLADS, SONGS, and other
PIECES of our earlier POETS,

(Chiefly of the LYRIC kind.)

Together with fome few of later Date.

VOLUME FIRST.

WIEN

الرمح

DURAT OPUS VATUM

LONDON and FRANCFORT:

Printed for J. G. Fleischer, MDCCXC.

687602-B.

The PREFACE.

HE Reader is here prefented with felect remains of

THE

our ancient English Bards and Minstrels, an order of men who were once greatly refpected by our ancestors, and contributed to foften the rougnefs of a martial and unlettered people by their fongs and by their mufic.

The greater part of them are extracted from an ancient folio manufcript, in the Editor's poffeffion, which contains near 200 poems, fongs, and metrical romances. This MS. was written about the middle of the laft century, but contains compofitions of all times and dates, from

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