Broadside ballad 'A Bill of Fare'

Description

A ballad on food called ‘A Bill of Fare: For, A Saturday nights Supper, A Sunday morning Breakfast, and A Munday Dinner’, set to the tune of ‘Cook Lorrel’.

What is a broadside ballad?

Broadsides ballads are cheaply produced single sheets, printed on one side and containing song lyrics set to well-known folk tunes. The text is usually accompanied by woodcut illustrations and often includes news, prophecies, politics, moral or religious advice, satire, bawdy tales or other forms of popular entertainment. Broadside ballads were sold in large numbers at town-squares and fairs, often by travelling ballad-singers. They would be sung or read aloud and could be found pasted on the walls of public places such as alehouses.

Full title:
A bill of fare: for, a Saturday nights supper, a Sunday morning breakfast, and a Munday dinner, described in a pleasant new merry ditie.
Published:
1624–63?, London
Format:
Broadside / Ephemera
Language:
English
Creator:
Martin Parker
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
C.20.f.7.(18-19)

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