John Runge's Collection - Early English Lute Songs and Folk Songs; Vols. I, II, III, IV; Hargail Music Press, N.Y., 1959 - 1966.

Songs of England, Ireland & Scotland, A Bonnie Bunch of Roses, by Dan Milner & Paul Kaplan, Oak Pub. 1983.

Mallory & McCall's Irish Pub Songbook, by Janna McCall Geller & Mallory Geller, Mel Bay Pub. 1998.

Soodlum's Irish Ballad Book, Oak Pub., 1982.


Lesley Nelson (aka the Contemplator)'s Folk Music Site.   Broadsides.

Legends: Ballads and Broadsides.

Cantaria: Traditional.

Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads. Collection of images of actual broadside manuscripts; great site!

The Mudcat Cafe, Digital Tradition. Great source of thousands of lyrics and other information; do both Digitrad and Forum Search.

The Contemplator's Short Biography of Thomas D'Urfey (1653-1723) "Thomas D'Urfey was one of the most prolific and popular poets and musicians of his age, famous for his comic skills. He entertained five monarchs and wrote over 32 plays and 500 songs. He published the several- volume work, Wit and Mirth: or, Pills to Purge Melancholy, which included his songs and others as well as older airs and ballads."

Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy: Lewd Songs and Low Ballads from the 18th Century -- Some of the most "bawdy" songs from the 17th-18th century!