Wednesday, 20 November 2013

A ballad on Quadrille - John Gay

The following poem was written by the poet John Gay ( best known for his beggar's opera),and is on the hugely popular card game of Quadrille. The poem reflects on how immensely popular this game was ( especially amongst ladies). As far as I can tell, this is the first time this ballad has been digitalized.
EDIT: Apparently, some editions attribute the poem to a Mr Congreve - see: http://books.google.com.sg/books?id=zeIFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA356&lpg=PA356&dq=a+ballad+on+quadrille&source=bl&ots=NI5LsUuNLP&sig=0OC3JpJS2KAcTZsOcVe7aa0P0qc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=65GMUqaqFofirAeOwoGADA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=a%20ballad%20on%20quadrille&f=false

NOTE : this edition ( published 1784), uses the long s ( ┼┐). This was an obsolete version of the letter "s", used when S occurred in the start or middle of the word. So, what is here printed as "┼┐pirit" ( line 6), pronounced as "spirit"


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