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The Saint Turned Sinner, or The Dissenting Parson's Text Under the Quaker's Petticoats

First line:
You friends to reformation
'A Soldier and a Sailor'
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from the Bagford Collection

During the seventeenth century the Quakers were subjected to much abuse and suffering at the hands of authority, the Church of England, and an ignorant public. This ballad (from the Bagford Collection) reflects the attitudes of the times and in this respect is a bigoted and unpleasant piece. As a vigorous and descriptive example of balladry, however, it is unsurpassed. It is set to the magnificent tune of ‘A Soldier and a Sailor’.

from notes by Douglas Wootton © 1981


How the world wags - Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman


Track 4 on CDH55013 [4'29]

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