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PwV - Literary Manuscripts in the Portland (Welbeck) Collection, 16th-19th centuries
43 - Bound volume of MS poems and songs by various authors; n.d. [1681-1703]
Pw V 43/100 (pp 427-36)
MS poem, entitled 'A New Ballad Call'd the Magpyes', unascribed; 1680
A detailed description of the volume in which this item appears can be found under the reference Pw V 43.
Text consists of twenty-two verses of 6-lines plus the refrain 'With a hey tronny nonny nonny no'.
Ballad also known as 'the song against the Bishops', referring to the Exclusion bill in Nov. 1680, sung by Aaron Smyth at the Feast of the Lords at the Gunn at Mile End Green.
Dated 1680 in this manuscript.
Title Of Work
A New Ballad Call'd the Magpyes'
First Line of Poem
Assist me some Good Sprite
Last Line of Poem
And like Ravens Cry York York
For details of the physical evidence (paper, watermarks, binding etc) of the volume in which this item appears see the entry for Pw V 43.
Crum, Index, A 1774
Bodleian Library, Oxford, MS Don. b 8, p 621
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