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Contents

of

Ballads and Songs

by

Edward Capern, Rural Postman of Bideford

London, W. Kent & Co. (Late D. Bogue), 86 Fleet Street. Printed, J. Unwin, Gresham Steam Press, Bucklesbury, London (1859) 210pp.

Prepared by Michael Steer

Edward Capern was born at Tiverton in 1819. His father was a baker. The family moved to Barnstaple where at 8 years of age he found work for 20 hours a day and a pittance for wages, in a lace-making factory. He went from there to Bideford where he became nationally famous as a rural postman-poet. The Press of its day said of the book "These honest, fresh, lusty verses are written by the Postman of Bideford ; a man who, happy in the possession of the faculty of rhyme, works hard, lives hard, and sleeps hard, without a murmur ; though beset with trials, and much knocked about the head by Fortune. Such unkind blows ripen some men's brains, and so they seem to have done Mr. Capern's". An original copy is held at the University of Toronto Library and a complete electronic copy may be accessed at:
https://archive.org/details/balladsandsongs00capeuoft
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Dedicated to
MISS ANGELA BURDETT COUTTS
   
CONTENTS
   
INTRODUCTORY 1
MY FAIRY FRIENDS 2
THE GHOST OF THE DANE 3
JANUS AND HIS DAUGHTERS 11
GOD IN NATURE 19
THE FIRST OF MAY 21
THE NEW YEAR 24
LENA 25
THE LINNET CHOIR 28
A PASTORAL ODE ON THE DEPARTURE OF THEIR ROYAL
HIGHNESSES THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS FREDERICK
WILLIAM OF PRUSSIA 31
   
THE VALES OF DEVONIA 34
THE OLD STONE-BREAKER 37
THE FIRST GRIEF 40
THE DINNER-BELL 41
SOLACE 43
SYMPATHY 45
MARRIAGE SONG 46
THE VIOLET 47
'TIS PRIMROSE TIME AGAIN 51
THE FORESIGN 53
THE SAILOR'S BRIDE 55
THE BEREAVED ONE 59
THE LITTLE SCARE-CROW 61
THE BRIDAL 63
POLLY LEE 68
KATE 70
PATTY ROWE 73
DOLLY DANE 76
THE STRANGER'S GRAVE AT NORTHAM 78
RUSTIC CHIVALRY 80
SONG OF THE GIPSY QUEEN 81
RUTH 83
PITY THE ROSES THAT WITHER WITHIN 86
DORKY MAY 88
MY BONNY BELL 90
SAMMY WENT A WOOING 92
NANCY DOWNING 95
THE RIVALS 96
THE OLD-FASHIONED PLOUGH 98
COTTAGE LOVE 100
LITTLE COME-BY-CHANCE 104
MY FRIEND IN THE WOOD 107
THE SONG OF THE WAITS 109
MONITIONS 112
AN AUTUMN INVITATION 114
CHRISTMAS SONG 116
MY MOTHER'S BLESSING 118
TO W. F. ROCK, ESQ., ON HIS BIRTHDAY 121
THE PLEASURES OF FANCY 123
A DEVONSHIRE PICTURE 127
KITTY LILE; OR, MAZED KATE OF CLOVELLY 131
THE POWER OF SONG 134
THE BLACKBERRY GIRL 136
WOODLANDS 138
SONG OF THE LITTLEHAM HOP-PICKERS 144
STREW THE ROSES: A MARRIAGE SONG 146
A THOUGHT AMONG THE FLOWERS 146
THE LASS OF WATERTOWN 147
TAKE THY HARP, CHORISTER 150
CARRIE DENE 152
TO THE HON. MARK ROLLE, ON HIS COMING OF AGE     154
POCKET FRIENDS 157
SPRING 162
THE RIVER 162
THE SWALLOWS' MATIN 163
THE HOLY HOUR 164
THE BATTLE OF THOUGHT 165
AUTUMN BERRIES 168
EDGAR AND EDITH 171
COME LIST, MY LOVE 173
TO BESSY 174
LYNTON 175
THE VALLEY OF ROCKS 176
THE FUNERAL AT THE MANSION 177
FRIENDSHIP 180
BONNIE McKIEL 183
THE LIFE-BOAT VOLUNTEER 185