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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Ballads
 
  I knew a very wise man that believed that  *  *  *  if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation.
Andrew Fletcher.    
  1
  Vocal portraits of the national mind.
Lamb.    
  2
  Ballads are the gypsy children of song, born under green hedgerows, in the leafy lanes and by-paths of literature, in the genial summer-time.
Longfellow.    
  3
  A well-composed song strikes the mind and softens the feelings, and produces a greater effect than a moral work, which convinces our reason, but does not warm our feelings, nor effect the slightest alteration in our habits.
Napoleon.    
  4
  I love a ballad but even too well; if it be doleful matter, merrily set down, or a very pleasant thing indeed, and sung lamentably.
Shakespeare.    
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