MARTIN PARKER (c. 1600 – c. 1656) was an English ballad writer, and
probably a London tavern-keeper.
* 1 Life
* 2 See also
* 3 References
* 4 External links
About 1625 he seems to have begun publishing ballads, a large number
of which bearing his signature or his initials, M.P., are preserved in
British Museum .
John Dryden considered him the best ballad writer
of his time. His sympathies were with the Royalist cause during the
Civil War, and it was in support of the declining fortunes of Charles
I of England that he wrote the best known of his ballads, When the
king enjoys his own again , which he first published in 1643, and
which, after enjoying great popularity at the Restoration , became a
favorite Jacobite song in the 18th century. Parker also wrote a
nautical ballad, Sailors for my Money, which in a revised version
survives as When the stormy winds do blow. It is not known when he
died, but the appearance in 1656 of a funeral elegy, in which the
ballad writer was satirically celebrated is perhaps a correct
indication of the date of his death.
* Joad Raymond, \'Parker, Martin (fl. 1624–1647)', Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
* ^ Chisholm 1911 .
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public
domain : Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Parker, Martin". Encyclopædia
Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. ; Endnotes:
* The Roxburghe Ballads, vol. 3. (
Ballad Soc., 9 vols., 1871–1899)
* Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (London, 1802)
* Ancient Songs and Ballads from Henry II. to the Revolution, ed. by
W. C. Hazlitt (London, 1877)
* Sir S. E. Brydges and J. Haslewood, The British Bibliographer,
vol. 2 (London, 1810)
* Thomas Corser, Collectanea Anglo-poelica (London, 1860–1883).