George Wharton Edwards (1859-1950)
In this selection… the aim has been to bring within moderate compass a collection of these songs of the people which should fairly represent the range, the descriptive felicity, the dramatic power, and the genuine poetic feeling of a body of verse which is still, it is to be feared, unfamiliar to a large number of those to whom it would bring refreshment and delight. (Summary from introduction).
My contribution to this collaborative effort is “Section 02 – King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid”.
http://www.archive.org/download/book_old_english_ballads_1007_librivox/oldenglishballads_02_edwards_64kb.mp3″Running time=5m 54s (mp3@64kb)
and “Section 09 – Barbara Allen’s Cruelty”
http://www.archive.org/download/book_old_english_ballads_1007_librivox/oldenglishballads_09_edwards_64kb.mp3″Running time=1m 52s (mp3@64kb)