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Renaissance Dante in Print (1472-1629)

THIS EXHIBITION presents Renaissance editions of Dante's Divine Comedy from the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame, together with selected treasures from The Newberry Library. The Zahm collection ranks among the top Dante collections in North America. Purchased for the most part by Zahm in 1902 from the Italian Dantophile Giulio Acquaticci, the 15th- and 16th- century imprints presented here form the heart of Zahm's collection, which totals nearly 3,000 volumes, including rare editions and critical studies from the Renaissance to the present. The nine incunable editions and nearly complete series of 16th-century imprints featured in this exhibit constitute essential primary sources for both the history of Dante's reception during the Renaissance and the early history of the printed book.

Caxton‘s Chaucer at the British Library

“On this site you will find William Caxton’s two editions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, probably printed in 1476 and 1483. The originals are both in the British Library.”
Another interface at De Montfort University edited by Barbara Bordalejo, Canterbury Tales Project.
Other links to Chaucer.

Renascence Editions

An Online Repository of Works Printed in English Between the Years 1477 and 1799.
“Renascence Editions is an effort to make available online works printed in English between the years 1477 (when Caxton began printing) and 1799. These texts have been produced with care and attention, but are not represented by the publisher as scholarly editions in the peer-reviewed sense. They are made available to the public for nonprofit purposes only. The publisher and general editor is Richard Bear at the University of Oregon. If you would like to edit a text in this series, send email to the Publisher.”

The Danish National Digital Sheet Music Archive

digital facsimiles of printed and manuscript music. Selected works from the Music Collections are being re-published in digital form in order to provide internet access to the collections of the Royal Library. Both manuscripts and printed music have been included: some are published expressly for printing, others are primarily intended for study. Most of the digitized scores can be seached and browsed in REX, while other materials are grouped in special databases and according to subjects. Questions about the digital music collection may be directed to:

Barbara Allen's Cruelty

In Scarlet towne, where I was borne, 
There was a faire maid dwellin, 
Made every youth crye, wel-awaye! 
Her name was Barbara Allen.
All in the merrye month of May, 
When greene buds they were swellin, 
Yong Jemmye Grove on his death-bed lay, 
For love of Barbara Allen. 

He sent his man unto her then, 
To the town, where shee was dwellin; 
You must come to my master deare, 
Giff your name be Barbara Allen. 

For death is printed on his face, 
And ore his hart is stealin: 
Then haste away to comfort him, 
O lovelye Barbara Allen. 

Though death be printed on his face, 
And ore his harte is stealin, 
Yet little better shall he bee, 
For bonny Barbara Allen. 

So slowly, slowly, she came up, 
And slowly she came nye him; 
And all she sayd, when there she came, 
Yong man, I think y'are dying. 

He turnd his face unto her strait, 
With deadlye sorrow sighing; 
O lovely maid, come pity mee, 
Ime on my death-bed lying. 

If on your death-bed you doe lye, 
What needs the tale you are tellin: 
I cannot keep you from your death; 
Farewell, sayd Barbara Allen. 

He turnd his face unto the wall, 
As deadlye pangs he fell in: 
Adieu! adieu! adieu to you all, 
Adieu to Barbara Allen. 

As she was walking ore the fields, 
She heard the bell a knellin; 
And every stroke did seem to saye, 
Unworthy Barbara Allen. 

She turnd her bodye round about, 
And spied the corps a coming: 
Laye downe, laye downe the corps, she sayd, 
That I may look upon him. 

With scornful eye she looked downe, 
Her cheeke with laughter swellin; 
That all her friends cryd out amaine, 
Unworthye Barbara Allen. 

When he was dead, and laid in grave, 
Her harte was struck with sorrowe, 
O mother, mother, make my bed, 
For I shall dye to morrowe. 

Hard harted creature him to slight, 
Who loved me so dearlye: 
O that I had beene more kind to him, 
When he was live and neare me! 

She, on her death-bed as she laye, 
Beg'd to be buried by him; 
And sore repented of the daye, 
That she did ere denye him. 

Farewell, she sayd, ye virgins all, 
And shun the fault I fell in: 
Henceforth take warning by the fall 
Of cruel Barbara Allen.
Thomas Percy