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    • POEM: To John Clare by John Clare (11/14/2005 5:56:00 AM)

      Written by Clare during his years in Northampton Asylum this strongly evokes Clare's love for his Helpston home. The bookman he refers to is almost certainly one of the itinerant chapbook sellers who would regularly have called to the village. They probably also brought with them copies of the Northampton Mercury newspaper. This was published by the Dicey family who were also prodigious pubishers of balladsheets and chapbooks. See John Clare and the Folk Tradition passim.

    • POEM: Sweet William's Ghost by Thomas Percy (11/14/2005 5:48:00 AM)

      Recorded by me as the title track to an album of songs (XTRA1130) This was one of many ballads found on broadsheets purchased by Percy from the Dicey family in London. They were important publishers of broadside ballads.