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Lass o' Gowrie
Verse 1 begins: 'Twas on a summer's afternoon, / A wee before the sun gied down'. The woodcut above the title depicts a very finely dressed couple holding hands beside a tree. This song was written by Lady Carolina Nairne, but was originally published under a pseudonym.
Lass, Gin ye Lo'e Me
This broadside not only gives the reader the song, as reworked by James Tytler in the 'Scots Musical Museum' (c. 1790) but also gives the older version of 'Lass, gin ye Lo'e Me', as it appeared in Herd's 'Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs' (1776). The first line of Tytler's version is, 'I hae laid a herring in saut', and the older version begins, 'I ha'e layen three herrings a-sa't'. Published in 1854 by the Poet's Box, Glasgow, the sheet sold for a penny.
Lasses of Kinghorn
Verse 1: 'All Gentlemen and Cavaliers / That doth delight in sport, / Come here and listen to my song, / for it shall be but short: / And I'le tell you as brave a Jest, / as ever you did hear: / The Lasses of Kinghorn Town / put our Officers in fear.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'Clavers and his Highland Men'.
This ballad begins: 'A lass lived down by yon burn-braes, / And she was weel provided wi' claes'. At the top of the sheet it mentions that the song was first printed in Chambers's Journal, No. 175, and was written by an old spinster 'as a kind of burlesque of her own habits and history'. The tune is similar to 'The Laird of Cockpen'.
The introductory text to this ballad reads: 'Given in Chambers's Journal, No. 175, where it is said to have been written by an old unmarried lady as a kind of burlesque of her own habits and history. It is sung to an air resembling that of "the Laird of Cockpen".' The ballad's first line runs: 'A lass lived down by yon burn-braes'. No publisher or date of publication have been given.
This ballad begins: 'Three to ride and to save, one to ride and to be saevd [saved]- / That's the key of my tale, boys, deep on my heart engraved.' A note under the title reads: 'THIS POPULAR RECITATION CAN ALWAYS BE HAD AT POET'S BOX, Overg[a]te Dundee.'
Last Speech, Confession and Dying Words of the Bogs: A Farce
This ballad has a preface which reads: The last SPEECH, Confession, and dying Words, o[f] the Bogs, who were burnt in the Pleasance, on Monday the 25th of May, 1767. For the horrid Crime of Blood-sucking, A FARCE.' The ballad begins: 'HOW do you think your works will after thrive? / What cruelly to burn us all alive?' The broadside carries no publication details
Last Words of James Mackpherson Murderer
This ballad begins: 'I spent my time in rioting, / debauch'd my health and strength, / I pillag'd, plundered, murdered, / but now alas! at length, / I'm brought to punishment condign, / pale Death draws near to me, / The end I ever did project / to hang upon a Tree.'
Leader-haughs and Yarow
Verse 1: 'WHEN phoebus bright the Azure Skies / with golden rayes enlighteneth, / These things sublunar he espies, / herbs, trees and plants he quick'neth: / Among all those he makes his choise, / and gladlie goes he thorow, / With radiant beams, and silver streams, / through Leader-Haughs and Yarow.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its own proper Tune'.
Leader-Haughs and Yarow
This ballad begins: 'When Phoebus bright, the Azure Skies / with golden Rayes enlightneth, / These things sublunar he espies, / Herbs Trees and plants, be quick'neth'. No publication date is given. It is to be sung to its own tune.
Let Me Like A Soldier Fall
Verse 1: 'Oh let me like a soldier fall / Upon some open plain ? / This breast expanding for a ball / To blot out every stain. / Brave manly hearts confer my doom, / That gentler ones may tell; / Howe'er unknown forgot my tomb, / He, like a soldier fell. / He, like a soldier fell.' A note below the title states that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee'.
Letter from Doctor Dalgeish to his Patient Mrs. M'Leod, and her Answer
Verse 1: 'M'Leod you vild Adulterous Jad, / Think you my Service is so Bad, / That ye think shame to ca' me Master / You filthy Drunken Warld's Waster, / Mrs. Ye're come to be a Patien / To the best Doctor in this Nation, / And is that you his name would kno' / Into this Town he?s Lord Provo, / So Mrs. tell me your Disease / And in short Time I will you ease.' The name of the publisher is not included.
Letter from Jimmy-the-Gum to his Big Brother Barney-the-Smasher
This broadside begins: 'ROYAL HOUSE DISTILLERY, Eliventeenth of Cawnpore, Dear Barney, - I am writing these few lines on the top of an old Indian drum, with neather top, bottom, nor sides to it. We landed here when we got on shore. Our first battle was at Never-sa-dhi. There was many thousands killed but I am happy to state there were no lives lost.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. It does not carry a date of publication.
Letters of Gold
This ballad begins: 'Engraven in letters of honour and fame, / On history's page may be seen, / The men who for darilng have gained a grait name, / Endeared to the Island of Green!' The text preceeding it reads: 'Sung and Composed by PATRICK FEENEY. / This Popular Song can be had the Poet's Box, / Overgate, Dundee, / NEW SONGS OUT EVERY WEEK.'
Life and Actions of Mrs M'Leod
Verse 1: 'Since nought can satisfy the Wrath / Of these my Foes, but only Death / Before that I the world leave / My Confession ye's get, I believe / It wad be tedious to narrate / Each single Sin I did create / Because that they seem to be more / Than Sand that is on the Sea Shore...' The name of the publisher is not included.
Life and Bloody Death of William Lawrie's Dog
Verse 1 : 'William Lawrie had a Dog, / which he with meikle care, / Did train, teach and bring him up, / And breeding did not spare / First he begun to hunt the Hens, / And then because he saw / It pleas'd his Master, he began / to try the Sheep with a.' The ballad was to be sung to the tune of 'The Ladies Daughter'. Although it may appear that this verse is unfinished, 'with a' is more likely the poet's or printer's orthography for withal, meaning besides or as well.
Life and Death of the Piper of Kilbarchan [Habbie Simpson]
This eulogy begins: 'THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE PIPER OF KILBARCHAN, OR The Epitaph of Habbie Simpson / who on his Dron bore Flags / He made his Cheeks as red as Crimson, / And babbed when he blew his Bags.'
Life and Death of the Piper of Kilbarchan [Habbie Simpson]
This eulogy begins: 'The Epitaph of Habbie Simpson, / He made his cheeks as red as Crimson, / Who on his Dron bore bonny Flags, / And babed when he blew the bags.' As was noted along the top of this sheet, this eulogy was penned by Robert Sempill of Beltrees, Renfrewshire (c.1595-1665).
Life and History of Robert the Raven
This broadside begins: 'The British Birds of late call'd over, / A Grand Fowl bred up at H-----r, / Exalted him to great Renown, / Deck'd with a rich Imperial Crown; / He swore he would maintain their Cause, / Religion, Liberties and Laws'. 'H-----r' should be taken to be 'Hanover'. Directly under the title it reads: 'Peers, Gentlemen, give Audience, To Fable ta'en from Common Sense'.
Life and Tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster and A New Song
Verse 1: 'INTO a place in Argileshire / called Campbeltoun by Name, / One Alaster Mackalaster / Who once lived in the same.' This should be sung 'To the tune of, Captain Johnston's Lament'. The full heading of the broadside reads: 'AN ACCOUNT of the Life and tragical End of Alaster Mackalaster, [w]ho was hanged at Aberdeen the 31st of May, 1723'.
Life Let Us Cherish
This ballad begins: 'Life let us cherish while yet the taper glows, / And the fresh flower pluck ere it close; / Why are ye fond of toil and care, / Why choose the rankling thorn to wear'. The chorus reads: 'And heedless by the lily stray, / Which blossoms in our way.'
Life of James Inglis or Clipstir, who was executed for horse and sheep stealing
The introduction to this broadside reads: 'A full and particular ACCOUNT of the Life and Actions of James Inglis alias Clipstir, who is to be execute upon Wednesday the first of May, for the Crimes of Horse and Sheepstealing.' The ballad itself begins: 'NO more this aged Sinner cheats the Tree, / Or swings a Helter round him wi' a Swie'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Liggar Lady and Arthur's Seat
The first ballad begins: 'I Will away, and I will not tarry, / I will away with a Sojer Laddy, / I'll mount my Baggage and make it ready, / I will away with a Sojer Laddy.'The text preceeding it reads: 'THE / LIGGAR LADY, / OR, THE / LADIES LOVE / TO A / SOLDIER. / To the Tune, of Mount the Baggage, &c.'
Light Of Other Days
This ballad begins: 'The light of other days is faded, / And all their glories past; / For grief with heavy wing hath shaded, / The hopes too bright to last . . . ' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this highly popular song can only be had in the Poet's Box', and that the ballad should be sung to an original tune. The sheet was printed on the Saturday morning of August 28th, 1858, and cost one penny.
Lily of the Vale
This ballad begins: 'Come, flow'ret, come hither, thy sweets shall not wither, / Unsheltered here beneath the chilling gale; / d mem'ries they waken of scenes now forsaken, / And her we called our lily of the vale.' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this favourite song can only be had in the POET'S BOX', and that the ballad should be sung to an original air. The sheet was printed on Saturday March 2nd, 1867, and cost one penny.
Lines On The Gilmerton Murder
This ballad begins: 'There was these murderers Emond, Stewart, Burk and Hare, / These men to take men?s lives they did not care ; / Their victims by some means speedily dispatched away, / But the female in torture a long time did lay. / When her murderers forced their lust to fulfil, / Afterwards the wretches the body would kill ; / But the soul was far beyond these wretches reach, / A lesson to all such heathens for to teach.' Published by Robert Hodge, Edinburgh.
Lines on the Loss of the Glasgow and Londonderry Steam-Ship "Falcon"
Verse 1: 'You people of Scotland I pray give attention, / A sad dismal story you quickly shall hear, / Concerning the wreck of the steam-ship the Falcon, / Which for Londonderry away she did steer. / On the fifth day of January she sailed from Glasgow, / The Falcon so proudly dashed o'er the salt waves, / With sixty-three persons on board of that vessel, / The most of them now has found watery graves.'
Lines on the Terrific Explosion at Moss End
Verse 1 begins: 'Good people all now give attention, / Young and old of each degree'. The location of 'Moss End' is not specified, suggesting that the accident was well reported at the time and so the readers would have been up-to-speed on such detail.
Lines Supposed to have Been Written by Mrs Wilson, Daft Jamie's Mother
Following on from the title, the prologue continues: 'On ascertaining the Way and Manner her son had been basely murdered in the [W]est Port, by WILLIAM BURKE and WILLIAM HARE.' The ballad begins: 'O my son, why did you wander, / Why so far away from home'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the subject matter suggests that it was almost certainly published in Edinburgh, in 1829. To the left of the ballad is an eye-witness report, describing how a Glasgow mob pelted William Hare's wife with stones.
Lines Written on the Occasion of the Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn
Verse 1 begins: 'The grand June sun with regal sway / Has through the solstice gone'. The poem, by Agnes H. Bowie is inscribed to Wallace Bruce, the American Consul at Edinburgh and Theodore Napier of Magdala, President of the Scottish National Association of Victoria. It was published on the 24th June 1893, by C. Harvey of Stirling.