Ballads, Folk Tales, and Nursery Rhymes
Ballads and folk tales are also featured in this collection. The Fox and the Crow presents a traditional story:
"One day a silly Crow Sat high among the trees, And held, within her bill, A dainty piece of cheese. Attracted by the same, A sly fox came a along, And to Miss Crow, at once, Politely sang this song...."
A Knight's love offers a tale of two lovers in ballad form: "They plighted their faith in the bower of love, And the parting word is spoken; Oh! Who could have deemed that so firm an oath Would be so lightly broken...." Students can discuss the way in which these songs fit into familiar patterns and prepare the audience for what to expect. Students might also look at these songs as well as a version of the nursery rhyme, Jack and Jill and compare them to the traditional folk tales recorded in the Library's collection, American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940.