Percy's Reliques

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.


Percy's Reliques was the first widely read antiquarian collection of older folk verse - the songs, rhymes and tales told and recited byall orders of society, and containing some seminal legends and stories of our culture. It was collected by Thomas Percy (1729–1811), Bishop of Dromore in Ireland in an age when clergymen could be scholarly in any area of knowledge.

Percy, Thomas Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: consisting of old heroic ballads, songs, and other pieces of our earlier poets. (Chiefly of the lyric kind). Together with some few of later date
The first edition was in 1765, published by Robert and James Dodsley. It has often been reprinted since, as recently certainly as 1998.
For a note on the spelling (and pronunciation) or relique, see relic - relict.