minstrel: Tom of Bedlam....

Katherine Penney Katherine_Penney at ccm.jf.intel.com
Fri Feb 7 10:21:00 PST 1997

On Fri, 7 Feb 1997 TrueRhymer at aol.com wrote:
> I am trying to research the Song "Mad Tom of Bedlam", and also I am looking
> for the 5 th verse (with a host of furious fancy?)  Anybody got anything?  (I 
> know it's about an infamous insane asylum, but not much more).  Cool Song, is 
> there a cool story to match?_/;{]} True
  "Tom O'Bedlam's Song" is an anonymous, pre-Shakespearian lyric. It
has eight verses and a chorus.

        While I was aware of the story of the Bedlam songs, 
        I was not aware that there was an extant pre-Shakesperian
        example.  Can you tell me what source we could find it in?


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