RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY:
CONSISTING OF OLD HEROIC BALLADS, SONGS,
AND OTHER PIECES OF OUR EARLIER POETS;
TOGETHER WITH SOME FEW OF LATER DATE.
BY THOMAS PERCY,
LORD BISHOP OF DROMORE.
EDITED BY J. V. PRICHARD.
TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
Elizabeth, Countess of Northumberland:
IN HER OWN RIGHT
BARONESS PERCY, LUCY, POYNINGS, FITZPAYNE, BRYAN, AND LATIMER.
THOSE writers who solicit the protection of the noble and the
great are often exposed to censure by the impropriety of their
addresses: a remark that will perhaps be too readily applied to him
who, having nothing better to offer than the rude Songs of ancient
Minstrels, aspires to the patronage of the Countess of
Northumberland, and hopes that the barbarous productions of
unpolished ages can obtain the approbation or the notice of her, who
adorns courts by her presence, and diffuses elegance by her example.
But this impropriety, it is presumed, will disappear, when it...