Excerpt from Remains of the Early Popular Poetry of England: Collected and Edited, With Introductions and Notes
Altogether, Edinburgh may be considered to have been more fortunate than London in its editors and editions of ancient poetry: for, with the exception of a collecti... on of the ballads and romances relating to Sir Gawayne, prepared for the Bannatyne Club by Sir F. Madden, in 1839, and a certain number of isolated piecesl ushered into publicity under various auspices and at various times, no successful attempt has been hitherto made to bring within the reach of students and antiquaries such remains as are still preserved of the early popular poetry of this country, which will be readily allowed to be of high interest, value and curiosity on many accounts.
To any future historian not too shy of venturing into by-paths in search of his materials, this collection will certainly afford no scanty store of illustration for a chapter on the manners of our ancestors, their dress.
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