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Gathering the Sweet Mistletoe
Verse 1: 'Now, often I'm asked why I'm always so sad / When jolly King Christmas is near, / And why I prefer the country to town / At this happy time of the year? / Just listen, I'll tell you, 'twas at Christmas I fell / In love with my dear little Lou, / In a dear country glade when together we strayed / Gathering the sweet mistletoe.' A note under the title informs the readers that the ballad was 'Sung with immense success by TOM BOWLING'.
Genealogy of the Clan MacGregor
This ballad begins: 'Before Apollo had a lute / More than a hundred year, / Macgregor played on his own pipes / His Highland clan to cheer.' A note below the title states that 'This Popular Reading can always be had at the Poet's Box'. Unfortunately, it is not specified which particular Poet's Box in Scotland published this sheet and also no date of publication has been included. The list of other songs that are available for purchase from the Poet's Box makes for interesting reading, and reveals much about the type of content that was often included in broadsides.
Verse 1 begins: 'You will come no more gentle Annie, / Like a flower thy spirit did depart'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow (1852-59). There is a woodcut illustration of a well-dressed, country girl balancing two baskets included at the top.
Verse 1: 'A Noble Roman was the Root / From which Montgomerie came, / Who brought his Legion from the Wars, / And settled the same, / Upon an Hill 'twixt Rome and Spain / Gomericus by Name; / From which he and his Off-spring do / Their Sir-name still retain.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its own Proper Tune'.
George's Clerk's Last Speech and Dying Words
This ballad is prefaced with text which reads: 'GEORGE CLERK'S LAST SPEECH and DYING WORDS on the Scaffold and at Pennycuick, with his farewell address to his beloved friend, Dundas, late Member for the City of Edinburgh; together with his EPITAPH.' The ballad begins: 'Dear, dear Dundas, I'm fairly gone, / What will be done, my friend? /Great grief will eat my flesh from bone, / And turn my enlarged mind.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Miller of Drone'. The broadside carries no publication details.
Ghost of Benjamin Binns
This ballad begins: 'Keep your seat if you please, and don't be afraid, / I am only a ghost, a poor harmless shade; / I would not hurt any one here if I could, / And you couldn't do me much harm if you would'. A note under the title informed readers that this popular song could be purchased from the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee. It was printed by W. Shepherd.
This ballad begins: 'My Love he was a brave Man / as ever Scotland bred, / Descended from a Highland Clan, / a Kater to his Trade.'
Verse 1: ''Tis I'm the gipsey king / Ha, ha, / And where is the king like me? / No troubles my dignities bring, / No other is half so free. / In my kingdom there is but one table, / All my subjects partake of my cheer, / We'd all drink Champagne, were we able, / as it is we have plenty of beer.' This broadside was published by J. Scott of Pittenweem, Fife, and sold by J. Wood of Edinburgh.
This ballad begins: 'There were three gipsies in a gang, / They were both brisk and bonny, O, / They rode till they came to the Earl of Castle's house / And there they sung so sweetly, O'. A woodcut illustration of two young men standing before a gentleman has been included at the top of the sheet.
Girl I left behind me and Brennan on the moor
The first ballad begins: 'Now for America I'm bound, / Against my inclination- / Yes, I must leave my native ground, / Which fills me with vexation'.
Give Me the Girl that's Tender and True
This ballad begins: 'My taste is simple, I care not for wealth, / So long as I'm blest with a good share of health; / I'll tell you my wants and I hope you'll agree- / It takes very little to satisfy me.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box / 182 OVERGATE, DUNDEE.'
Glasgow Fair on the Banks of Clyde
Verse 1: 'When I was young and youth did bloom, / Where fancy led me, I did roam; / From town to town the country round, / Through every sylvan shady grove. / Until I came from Scotland by name, / Where beauty shines on every side, / There's no town there we can compare / With Glasgow fair, on the banks of Clyde.' It was to be sung to the original tune, suggesting that both the song and melody were well-known, and was published in 1869 by the Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'There was a young squire in the north country we hear, / Was courting a Nobleman's daughter so dear, / Now, for to marry her, it was his intent, / All friends and relations did give their consent.'
Verse 1 begins: 'A wealthy young squire in Tamworth we hear, / He courted a noblemans daughter so fair'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. A rather crude woodcut illustration of a bird, possibly a phoenix, has been included above the title.
Good by my Darling
This ballad begins: 'T'is just ten years ago, / Since I left my native home, / And oh how my mother wept, / When last she shook my hand.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Copies of this song can always be had at the Poets Box 190 Overgate Dundee. / PRICE ONE PENNY'.
Verse 1: 'If you choose good news attention pay, and don't refuse / To what I say, my list I'll lay before you, if you choose, / As you will find, if you mind, there is plenty of variety, / Up and down in this town of good news.' This song was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee.
This ballad begins: 'Of all the wives that plaque men's lives, / And keep them from their rest, / A gossiping wife, or a passionate wife, / Pray which do you think the best?' The chorus begins: 'A gossiping wife goes gadding about, / She's ever giving to roam'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
The chorus is printed first, it reads: 'Oh! this is now our ain house, / Cleanse it frae vermin 'a, / Lean'na in our ain house / One reptile in the wa'.' The first verse begins: 'Lang hae we sigh'd---lang hae we pray'd'. It is to be sung to the tune of 'This is no mine ain House'. The sheet was published by Caldwell, a family firm which operated out of Paisley from the late eighteenth to late nineteenth century. A woodcut, seemingly unrelated to the ballad, adorns the top of the sheet.
Granua's Lament Round O'Connell's Grave
Verse 1: 'YOU mourning sons of this afflicted nation, / Attend with pity to my sad appeal, / For loud and long is the lamentations, / That swells the shores of pure Granuale; / A nations tears on the sad occasion, / Proclaims the loss of the last and brave, / On sable garments of desolation, / Poor Granua weeps round O'Connell's grave.'
Grave O' Rabbie Burns Original and Correct Version
This ballad begins: 'There wis a laud was born in Kyle, / In winter cauld an' drear, / An' tho' that he is fair awa', / His memory's ever dear.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
Great Gathering in Glasgow Green, Wednesday, October 29, 1834
A note below the title states 'Address to Glasgow, by Charles St. Clair Johnstone, Late of Salton, East Lothian'. The ballad itself begins: 'HAIL! Glasgow, freedom's chosen seat! / Hail to thy great heart-stirring fete!' A further note mentions that the ballad should be sung to the air, 'Scots wha hae wi' Wallace bled'. The sheet was published by Muir, Gowans, & Co, and cost sixpence.
Green Grow the Rashes
Verse 1 begins: 'THERE's nought but care on ev'ry han / In every hour that passes O'. The poem was written by Robert Burns, in 1784. This sheet was published by Pitts of 6 Great St Andrews Street, London. There is no date attached to the publication.
Grubstreet nae Satyre : In Answer to Bagpipes no Musick
Below the title we are told that this broadside is 'An EPISTLE to the Umquhile John Cowper late Kirk-Treasurer's man of Edinburgh ; now his Ghaist studying Poetry at Oxford, for the Benefit of Ethert Curl'. The first line of the ballad reads, 'DEAR John, what ails ye now? ly still'.
Gude New Year to ane an' A
Verse 1: 'A gude New-year to ane and a', / And mony may ye see, / And during a' the years to come, / Oh happy may ye be. / and may ye ne'er ha'e cause to mourn, / To sigh or shed a tear - / To ane and a', baith great and sma', a hearty guid New-year.' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, was priced at one penny and was published on Saturday, 30th December 1865 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Guid Time's Comin' Sune, My Boys!
This ballad title continues: '(From Edinburgh Evening Courant of 17th June 1871). / Ane Ancient Ballade. / TUNE ? "There's nae luck aboot the hoose". The ballad begins: 'Oh, ha'e ye heard the gran' gran' news, / Ye drouthy working men?'
This rather short ballad begins: 'On the Tombigby river, in a hut a born, / In a hut made of stalks of the tall yallow corn ; / It was there I met with my Julia so true, / And we went for a sail in my gum-tree canoe.' The sheet was published by William Shepherd of the Poet's Box, Dundee, and cost a penny.
This ballad begins: 'Attention, freens, and listen while I sing to you a song, / And tell ye what I think is richt, and what I think is wrang, / Owre a' the principal topics, I'll rin in succession quick, / And gie you my opinion o' the hale rick-ma-tick.' It was to be sung to the tune 'Whole Hog or None'. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet's Box, 79 London Street, Glasgow, on Saturday, 8th February, 1879. However, another date on the sheet, reading 'D.-2-11-1872', indicates that this is a reprint of an older ballad.
Verse 1 begins: 'I mind when I courted my ain wifie Jean / Tho' often I gaed, she seldom was seen'. It was published by Robert MacIntosh of 203 Gallowgate, Glasgow. There is no date attached.
This ballad begins: 'mind when I conrted my ain wifie Jean / Though often I gaed, she little was seen, / For her faither-the elder- like a' godly men, / Aye steekit his door about half-past ten.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Hanoverian, and Whigs Rant
Verse 1: 'LEt Royal GEORGE come over, / We'll have none but Hanover, / With Heart in Hand and Royal Band, / We'll welcome Him all over, / Of Royal Birth and Breeding, / And every Grace Exceeding, / Our Hearts will mourn till He Return, / Our Laws they lay a Bleeding.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'Sit thee down my Philis'.