Ephemera. Broadside. Very Good. Item #027912
A single sheet, printed red and black. Page IX.-15 "O sweet are thy words, pretty lad, to me,/Lankey down dillo, Lankey down dee,/..." 5 stanzas of five lines each. Research indicates this is a section of the ballad "The Witty Shepherd" variously titled; references in Sabine Baring-Gould's 1895 A Garland of Country Song quotes the piece and footnotes a similar Catnach broadside and a Birt printing as well. Neither of these appear to be our example, as the verso with subscript IX.-16 is "Tell Me Dearest. From The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Beaumont and Fletcher. Air: "My mind to me a kingdom is." With musical notation and the exchange between Jasper and Luce. Approx. 7" x 9" size; printed letterpress on fine watermared paper with the numbers '18' and '9' visible. A tiny bit of bleed-through of red ink; visible over the section with IX.-15 is a label or tape-edge shadow. In very good condition.