chapter  3
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“A Swearing and Blaspheming Wretch”: Acoustic Disorder and Verbal Excess in Ballad Texts

An early version of this chapter appeared in the Journal of Musicological Research 30/4 (2011), reprinted by permission of Taylor & Francis LLC (

1 Damnable Practises (London: Printed for G. Eld, 1619), ESTC ID 126176. See appendices for full texts of all ballads quoted extensively in this chapter.