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This ballad begins: 'They told him gently she was gone, / And spoke of Heaven and smiled, / And drew him from the lonely room / Where lay the lovely child.'
Loch na Garr and Feyther's Old Sow
'Loch Na Garr' begins: 'Away, ye gay landscapes! Ye gardens of roses, / In you let the minions of luxury rove'. 'Feyther's Old Sow' begins: 'Good morrow, Miss Biddy, pray how do you do / I dare say you gusses at what I become about'. The broadside was published by Harkness, printer, of Church Street in Preston. It does not carry a date of publication.
Lochiel's Warning (New Version)
This ballad begins: 'LOCHIEL! LOCHIEL! Beware of the day / When Sir Kenneth shall meet you in battle array ; / The close of the struggle looms clear on my sight, / And the ranks of the Tories are scattered in flight.' The original poem was written by Thomas Campbell (1777-1844), about Donald Cameron of Lochiel (c.1700- 48), who was a highly-regarded Highland chief, and supporter of the Jacobite cause.
This ballad begins: 'One night I wanted lodgings in a country town, / And to a cozy cottage I was led, / When the landlady informed me, as her lodger was away, / She'd agre[e]d that I should take the lodger's bed'. It was published and distributed by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee, and probably sold for one penny.
Long Lent, 1685; or, a Vindication of the Feasts, against those Three Great Horned Beasts
Verse 1: 'Lent fourty Work dayes ever was, / With just six Sundayes more; / But three Horn'd Beasts at Aberdeen / Intends to make three score. / For now they want but only fix, / As clearly may appear; / And if they continue with their old tricks, / They shall want none nixt year.' This should be sung 'To the tune of Robin Hood and the Tanner'. The 'three Horn'd Beasts' are named as 'John Forbes, Master Duncan Lidel, / With his sone George to tune their fidle.'
Long Live Good Buccleuch
This broadside begins: 'WRITTEN FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE Majority of THE EARL OF DALKEITH 9TH September 1852'. This ballad begins: 'CHEER! Cheer! Ettrick and Teviotdale ; / Let hill and dale echo cheers hearty and true'. This broadside was published by James Dalgleish of the High Street, Hawick, and probably sold for one penny. It includes a decorative border and slogans supporting the Earl.
Verse 1: 'Young Beigham was a noble Lord, / A noble lord of high degree, / he got himself on board a ship, / some foreign countries for to see. / He sailed east he sailed west, / till he came to Turkey, / Till he was taken and put in prison, / Till of his life he grew quite weary.'
Loss of the Frances Mary
Verse 1: 'Ye mariners and landsmen come listen unto me, / While unto you I do relate the dangers of the sea, / For the loss of the Francis Mary will grieve your to woe, / Of all the dreadful hardships that we did undergo.'
Loss of the Princess Alice and The Parrot and the Old Arm Chair
This broadside contains two ballads. The first ballad begins: 'How many thousands have found a grave / aneath the ever rolling wave, / And day by day the list we swell, / Another loss we have to tell.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to a tune called 'Sailor's Grave'. Although the sheet is not dated, the topic of the first ballad suggests it was published around September 1878.
Verse 1: 'Oh! once I was gay as the lark in May, / And my young heart beat in tune; / While my way was bright, and my step was light / As the linnet's wing in June; / but sad and alone in my grief I've grown, / And all day I now complain, / For I've lost every bliss in a world like this, / Buried deep is sweet Lottie Lane.' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 2nd July 1870 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Lovely Mourin Shore
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye muses nine, with me combine, / And grant me some relief'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow, which were his business premises between 1860 and 1890.
This ballad begins: 'As I walked out one evening in the month of May, / The flowers they were springing the lambs did sport and play; / I heard a couple talking, as they walked hand in hand; / For to hear their conversation I eagerly did stand.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
The first verse begins: 'When first I saw sweet Peggy, / 'Twas on a market day, / A low-backed car she drove, and sat / Upon a truss of hay!' This broadside was published by the Poet's Box, most likely in Glasgow, and is dated April 1878. It was to be sung to the 'Original' tune, which suggests people were already familiar with both the song and melody.
Verse 1: 'Come all you Lowland lovers, and listen to my song, / A sad and dismal story, I will not keep you long; / Concerning a poor unhappy girl, distracted in her mind, / All for a brisk young sailor, no comfort can she find.' This broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the place or date of publication.
The first verse reads: 'I have a ship in the North Country, / And she goes by the name of the Golden Vanity, / I am afraid she will be taken by some Spanish Galleon, / As she sails in the Lowlands Low.' This broadside was published by the Poet's Box, possibly in Glasgow, and is dated April 1877.
This ballad begins: 'I have a ship in the North Country, / And she goes by the name of the Golden Vanity.' The text preceeding it reads: 'PRICE ONE PENNY. / Copies of this song can be had the Poet's Box, 182 OVERGATE DUNDEE.'
Lubin's Rural Cot
Verse 1 begins: 'Returning homewards o'er the plain, / From market t'other day, / A sudden storm of wind and rain / O'ertook nie on the way'. A woodcut of a quaint cottage, with two lovers sitting on a bench outside has been included at the top of the sheet. There were publication details on the sheet to start with but the specifics have been blacked out and all that remains is 'Edinburgh'.
Luckie Gibson's Latter-Will, or Comfort to her Customers
This ballad begins, 'Now do I find to Death I'm near, / For half an hour shut to the Door, / Till I make known all that I shall, / Cause be contain'd in my Latter Will'. No publication details are given.
Lucky Spence's Last Advice
Verse 1: 'THREE times the Carline grain'd and rifted, / Then from the Cod, her Pow she lifted, / In bawdy Policy well gifted, / when now she sawn / That Death na langer wad be shifted, / she thus began...' Although not attributed on the broadside, the great Edinburgh poet Allan Ramsay (1684-1758) is known to have written this poem around 1718.
This ballad begins: 'The Summer time being in its prime, / The weather calm and clear, / My troubled mind no peace can find, / For thinking on my dear.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration of a small house situated in a clearing.
Verse 1: 'The Summer time being in its prime, / The weather calm and clear, / My troubled mind no peace can find, / For thinking on my dear'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. The woodcut carried above the title depicts a quaint cottage in the forest.
This ballad begins: 'The moon's on the lake and the mist's on the brae, / And the clan has a name that is nameless by day;'. Published in Dundee by the Poet's Box, the song was apparently 'Sung with great success by Miss G. Forrester'. It is possible that Miss Forrester was a local celebrity, and by using her name the publisher hoped to sell more copies.
Verse 1: 'WHA wadna be in love / Wi' bonnie Maggie Lauder? / A Piper met her gaun to Fife, / And spier'd what was't they ca'd her? / Right scornfully she answered him, / Begone, ye hallan-shaker! / Jog on your gate, you blather skate, / My name is Maggie Lauder.' 'Hallanshaker' is Scots for a 'rascal' or 'beggar' and 'blather skate' or 'blatherskite' is a person who talks nonsense. This broadside was published by Simms and McIntyre of Donegall Street, Belfast, and includes an unusually large and detailed illustration.
This ballad begins: 'WHA' wadna' be in lor / Wi' bonny Maggy Lawder, / A piper met her gaw on to fife, / He spierd wat was they ca'd her, / Right scornfully she answer'd him, / Begone ye hawling shaker'. Below the title, a note states that the sheet was published by Charles Pigott of 52 Compton Street, Clerkenwell, London. A 'hawling shaker' is a Scots expression for 'tramp'.
Maid of the Rhine
Verse 1: 'Thou dark rolling River, how gladly for ever, / I'd dwell on the rich banks, all rich with the vine, / That bright sky above thee, how fondly I'd love thee, / If blest with the heart of the maid of the Rhine.'
Man that Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
Verse 1: 'I've just got here, through Paris, from the sunny southern shore, / I to Monte Carlo went, just to raise my winter's rent; / Dame Fortune smil'd upon me as she'd never done before, / And I've now such lots of money, I'm a gent, / Yes, now I've such lots of money, I'm a gent.'
Man that is Married and The Little Gypsy Girl
'A Man that is Married' begins: 'When a man first appears in maturity's years, / To encounter the troubles of life, / He thinks with delight he could make himself right, / Could he only get hold of a wife...'
Mansie Waugh's Dream Concerning the Execution of Burke, Parts First and Second
The first part of this story begins: 'MY old and faithful servant, Tommy Bodkin, has long been Thomas Bodkin, Master Tailor in Dalkeith, but removed to Edinburgh . . ' The second part of the story begins: 'We had a long and jolly night of it, but my head began spinning like a peerie, and I thought a' the room rinning round about . . .' The broadside was published by W. Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh.
Mantle so Green
Verse 1: 'As I was walking one morning in June, / To view the gay fields and meadows in bloom, / I espied a young female, she appeared like a queen, / With costly fine robes, and a mantle so green.'
Marble Arch and O'Donnell Aboo
The first ballad begins: 'WHILE strolling near the Marble Arch, / One evening in July, / A maiden fair, with golden hair, / Came tripping lightly by, / The lustre of her almond eyes, / Shone o'er me like a torch / And in a whisper, softly said, / Is this the Marble Arch?' This ballad was written, composed and sung by Sam Bagwall.