Cyrus L. Day (essay date April 1932)
SOURCE: Day, Cyrus L. “Pills to Purge Melancholy.” Review of English Studies VIII, no. 30 (April 1932): 177-84.
[In the following excerpt, Day lists the publication dates of various editions of Pills to Purge Melancholy, traces the beginning of Durfey's editorial work on the series to a relatively late edition, and describes how the title of this popular collection of songs evolved over the years.]
One of the most entertaining of eighteenth-century poetical miscellanies is the six-volume collection of songs and ballads entitled Wit and Mirth: Or Pills To Purge Melancholy. The first volume of this well-known series was published in 1698 and the...
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