I will assay, then,'' said the knight, ``a ballad
composed by a Saxon glee-man, whom I knew in Holy Land.
All the affectation of manner which she had displayed at the beginning disappeared as the ballad proceeded.
That it was a jest there was no doubt whatever; he knew that well enough, and had good reason, too, for his conviction; for during her recitation of the ballad Aglaya had deliberately changed the letters A.
not only without the slightest appearance of irony, or even any particular accentuation, but with so even and unbroken an appearance of seriousness that assuredly anyone might have supposed that these initials were the original ones written in the ballad.
A metal man he is by trade, and a mettled man by nature; moreover, he doth sing a lovely ballad.
There was a tinker, two barefoot friars, and a party of six of the King's foresters all clad in Lincoln green, and all of them were quaffing humming ale and singing merry ballads of the good old times.
For many a day he sang ballads to the band, until the famous Allan a Dale joined them, before whose sweet voice all others seemed as harsh as a raven's; but of him we will learn hereafter.
A ballad is much shorter than a romance, and therefore much more easily learned and remembered.
I do not mean that twenty or thirty people sat down together and said, "Let us make a ballad.
Of quite another style is the ballad of Sir Patrick Spens.
Was it on a Monday morning, when the butcher-boy had been to our house for orders, and bought a ballad of me, which, being unacquainted with the tune, I run it over to him?
On which occasion, as the ballad that was made about it describes:
Separating these, the board and trestles became a counter, the basket supplied the few small lots of fruit and sweets that he offered for sale upon it and became a foot-warmer, the unfolded clothes-horse displayed a choice collection of halfpenny ballads and became a screen, and the stool planted within it became his post for the rest of the day.
Captain Jim told tales, and Marshall Elliott sang old Scotch ballads
in a fine tenor voice; finally Captain Jim took down his old brown fiddle from the wall and began to play.
The moon served as a pretext for a thousand stale puns and a score of ballads
, in which bad taste contested the palm with ignorance.