Ballads have been all Pretty transient story poems usually in quatrains (four-line stanzas) rhyming abcb.
This is a Array of stanzas from the ballad design:
Again in summertime Time, if leaves climbed out of date,
And birds Had been singing each shrub,
King Edward Would a looking out journey
Some pastime To go to
By King Edward the Fourth and a Tanner of Tamworth, by Nameless, 16th-century