Usage examples for ballad

  1. As the ballad of a northern minstrel says, the gold- horned bull of the Nevilles, the silver crescent of the Percies, vanished from the field: the chiefs themselves fled over the Scotch border, their troops dispersed, their declared partisans underwent the severest punishments. – A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6) by Leopold von Ranke
  2. The folk- tale and the ballad gave him the suggestion he needed. – Early Plays Catiline, The Warrior's Barrow, Olaf Liljekrans by Henrik Ibsen
  3. He knew nothing, for instance, of music, but he could sit down to the piano and accompany, after a fashion, a woman who consented after much pressing to sing a ballad learned by heart in a month of hard practice. – Two Poets Lost Illusions Part I by Honore de Balzac
  4. The explanation of this striking group I found in an old ballad- legend. – Legends of the Madonna by Mrs. Jameson
  5. There is the note of hope in an almost hopeless fight in The Ballad of the White Horse. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  6. For this he was prosecuted by that gentleman, as he then thought somewhat too severely, and in order to revenge that ill- usage he made a ballad upon him. – The Man Shakespeare by Frank Harris
  7. Judith said nothing, but bound up my wound, and, like the well- conducted person of the ballad, went on cutting bread- and- butter. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  8. Single simple adjectives thus placed after their substantive, belong to the poetry of England, and especially to the ballad poetry- sighs profound- the leaves green. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  9. The old ballad of the husbandman, which has come down to us from a very early date indeed, already hints at some such satisfactory state of things. – China and the Chinese by Herbert Allen Giles
  10. Drayton's heart too was in his work, as he had proved long before by the noble ballad on King Harry reprinted in this volume. – The Battaile of Agincourt by Michael Drayton
  11. The public began to ask for Wilde's books and found it almost impossible to obtain them, for the " Ballad of Reading Gaol," published while its author was still alive, had not stimulated any general demand for other works. – Oscar Wilde by Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  12. Now let me write out that- no- I will send the old ballad I told you of, for the strange coincidence- and it is very charming beside, is it not? – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
  13. Stepping in she sat down and gave Moor another surprise, as from her slender throat there came a voice whose power and pathos made a tragedy of the simple ballad she was singing. – Moods by Louisa May Alcott
  14. She was not, from a technical view, perhaps, a finished singer; but Western audiences can feel, if, for the most part, they cannot criticise; and I think she drove the full meaning of the old Irish ballad home to the hearts of all of them. – The Mistress of Bonaventure by Harold Bindloss
  15. It was sent to Fouque by his friend Edward Hitzig, with a request that he would compose a ballad on it. – Sintram and His Companions by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque Commentator: Charlotte M. Yonge
  16. By the time the ballad was finished and a chorus was in full swing, Mrs. Fox had been carried away by Mr. Bright to make a fourth at auction in another room. – Banked Fires by E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
  17. Now we know all that can be known about the copy of the ballad which, in 1805, Scott received from Hogg. – Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang
  18. Not far off is another small lake, Loch Awe, which has invisible advantages over Loch Borlan, yet there the trout are, or were, " fat and fair of flesh," like Tamlane in the ballad. – Angling Sketches by Andrew Lang