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Lovers, Rakes, and Rogues: A New Garner of Love-songs and Merry Verses from 1580 to 1830
Lovers Rakes and Rogues A New Garner of Love-songs and Merry Verses from 1580 to 1830 Author:John Wardroper From the back cover: — The love-songs and merry verses of past centuries are the most directly appealing part of Britain's lyrical heritage. But much of this lively, often bawdy, material has been left in obscurity, even though the barriers of prudery no longer prevail. — John Wardroper has searched the surviving hoards of this largely anonymous v... more »erse and has gathered nearly 330 items. Many of them have not appeared in print for two centuries or more. Some are from rare manuscripts and have never been in print.
They are the creation of all classes, from the court and the theaters, down to the taverns and haunts of criminals. With wit, robust humor, passion and pathos they illuminate 250 years of British life, from Shakespeare's time to the eve of Queen Victoria.
Includes sources, notes, bibliography, author index, and first line index.
This trade paperback edition is marked with ISBN 0952609304, which shows in the PBS system as a hardback edition.« less