Thomas Percy

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Thomas Percy (13 April, 1729 - 30 September, 1811) was a bishop and magazine editor. His Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) was the first of the great ballad collections, though he may have written some of it himself based on ballad fragments.


The Great Adventurer

  • Over the mountains,
    And over the waves,
    Over the fountains,
    And under the graves;
    Over the floods that are deepest,
    Which do Neptune obey;
    Over the rocks that are steepest,
    Love will find out the way.
    • Suspected to have been “rewritten” by the good Bishop himself

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