16580

FOLK TRADITION DITTY WITH GREEK TRANSLATION

“Begone Dull Care” Idem Graece Redditum 29 Nov. 1834

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8vo., 2 leaves integral, with poem written in English on verso of first leaf and translation into Greek on recto of second leaf untrimmed as issued.

£150.00

SKU: 16580

Product Description

An adaption of an old popular ditty which has been traced back to the reign of James II but thought to originate much earlier. Every version is different but has there ever been a Greek translation? In this version we have four 4-line verses with the first line only of a fifth verse. First lines “Begone, dull care”; “My wife will dance and I will sing”; “Too much care”; “Long time thou hast been tarrying here”, and the single fifth line “So begone, dull care, &c.” This piece has an Oxbridge feel about it!