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Scots Callan O' Bonnie Dundee
Verse 1: 'O, whaur gat ye that bonnie blue bonnet, / O, silly, blind body, canna' ye see; / I gat it frae a bonny Scots callan', / 'Atween Saint Johnstone and bonny Dundee.' 'Callan' or 'callant' is Scots for a 'young man' or a 'lad'. A note under the title informs the reader that new songs are issued every week and can be bought from the Poet's Box. A list of other available songs, including 'A Happy New-Year tae ye a'' and 'Birks o' Green Balgay', is given at the bottom of the sheet.
Scots Wha Hae and And has She then Fail'd in her Truth
Verse 1: 'SCOTS, wha hae wi' Wallace bled- / Scots, wham Bruce has aften led - / Welcome to your gory bed, / Or to victorie! / Now's the day and now's the hour! / See the front of battle lour! / See approach poor Edward's pow'r! / Chains, and slaverie!'
Scots Wha Hae wi Wallace Bled
Verse 1: 'SCOTS wha hae wi' Wallace bled, / Scots wham Bruce has often led, / Welcome to your gory bed, / On to Victory! / Now's the day and now's the hour, / See the front of battle o'er, / See approach proud Edward's power, / Chains and slavery.' The broadside was published by Pitts at the Toy and Marble Warehouse, 6 Great St Andrew Street in the Seven Dials area of London.
Scottish Answer to a British Vision
Verse 1: 'TWO British Wits Conspir'd, / A Scottish Dream to Answer, / Both equally Inspir'd / With Nonsence, Punns and Banter; / Sense smil'd to see / Them so agree / In Bluntness and Stupiditie.' The broadside carries no date and no place of publication.
Scottish Emigrant's Fareweel
Verse 1: 'Fareweel, fareweel, my native hame, / Thy lonely glens an' heath clad mountain / Fareweel thy fields o' storied fame, / Thy leafy shaws an' sparklin fountains / Nae mair I'll climb the Pentland's steep, / Nor wander by the Esk's clear river, / I seek a hame far o'er the deep, / My native land, fareweel for ever.'
Verse 1: 'There was a sea captain was married of late / Unto a young lady, and gained her estate, / He was a sea captain and bound for the sea, / Before he was bedded he was called away'.
Verse 1 begins: 'The sea! the sea! the open sea! / The blue, the fresh, the ever free!'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'The sea! the sea! the open sea! / The blue, the fresh, the ever free! / Without a mark, without a bound, / It runneth the earth's wide regions round.' The broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. It is not dated, but was probably published either between 1852 and 1859, or between 1891 and 1894, when Lindsay is known to have had premises at 9 King Street.
Verse 1: 'Good people now just pray attend for awhile, / And I'll sing you a song that will cause you to smile, / Some curious facts to you I will tell, / But I can?t tell you yet that Sebastopol fell.' The author of the ballad is named on the sheet as George Billinge. The broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. It is not dated, but was probably published either between 1852 and 1859, or between 1891 and 1894, when Lindsay is known to have had premises at 9 King Street
Second Regiment of Royal Edinburgh Volunteers
This military ballad begins: 'ARISE and let us now repair / And go away to Heriot's Green, / The sun doth shine, the day is fair, / To see the Volunteers convene.' A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune of 'O'er the Hills and Far Awa', which is a traditional English folk song. Although there are no publication details for this sheet, the ballad's reference to 'King and Country' suggests that it was most likely published some time between 1778 and 1837.
She Put her Hand Upon his Skull, With this Prophetick Blessing, Be Thou Dull
This ballad begins: 'YE Coblers, and Taylors draw near, / Your Speecher is now turn'd Poet.' There are further handwritten marks and notes made on the sheet. There is no date, author or publisher given with this sheet.
This ballad begins: 'WHY weeps Melindor in this sullen grove? / Throws by his Crook, forsakes his fleecy Drove, / Brush'd with bleak Winds, and perishing through Cold, / Whilst only proling Wolfs possess the Fold?' Below the title, there is a note stating that this is 'A PASTORAL sacred to the memory of that excellent gentleman, and noble patriot, William Nisbet of Dirleton esq;, who died October 20th, 1724'. After this note, there is a Latin quotation from one of Horace's works.
Shiel's Rights of Man
This ballad begins: 'I speak in candour, one night in slumber, / My mind did wander near to Athlone, / The centre station of the Irish nation, / Where a congregation unto me was shown.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Ship Carpenter's Wife
This ballad begins: 'Come attend to my ditty, you frolicsome folks, / And I will tell you a story a comical joke; / Concerning a woman by auction was sold, / The husband and wife could never agree.' At the top of the sheet there is a woodcut illustration showing a man and woman having something to eat in a field. They are taking a break from their work and are positioned close to two hayricks. Three fieldworkers are visible in the background.
The text which introduces the recitation begins: 'John Wilson, late Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh, was born in Paisley in 1785.' The recitation begins: '---Her giant form, / O'er wrathful surge, through blackening storm, / Majestically calm, would go / 'Mid the deep darkness white as snow'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box.
The first verse reads: 'Ye envious Critics, try an' guess my name : / Thousands of times ye've seen an' heard the same : / Millions of times ye've given me offence, / But I must say, it's for the want of sense.' It was published by William Smith of 3 Bristo Port, Edinburgh, and includes an elaborate illustration of a showman surrounded by interested onlookers.
Sights of Glasgow
This ballad was written by 'Glasgow's favourite comic singer', Charles Watson. We are told that he frequented the Shakespeare Saloon, which was in the Saltmarket, the principal area of the city for broadside publishing. Sung to the tune of 'Mr Cullen's Glasgow A B C', it begins, 'In this age of wonder, of fasion and delight, / Glasgow is the place of many a funny sight'. No printer is named but it is dated the morning of Saturday, May 2nd 1857.
Sir James the Ross
Verse 1: 'Of all the Scottish northern chiefs, / Of high and warlike fame, / The bravest was Sir James the Ross, / A knight of meikle fame.' It was published by Sanderson of Edinburgh.
Sir John Boghouse
This ballad begins: 'WHO cares a single louse, / For Sir JOHN BOGHOUSE, / Or with AYTOUN pretends to compare him? / HE's a mere Tool of the Clique'. It was advertised as a new song and was to be sung to the tune, 'Saw Ye My Father'.
Verse 1: 'I am a noble hero, / By birth I am enslaved, / Near to the town of Wexford, / There dwells a comely maid, / She is fairer than Diana, / She is free from earthly pride, / And, this lovely maid, her dwelling place, / Is near the Slaney side.' This broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'Stilled are once more the shouts o' war, / And smiling peace returns. / There's sorrow noo in mony a hame, / There's mony a heart that mourns.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the broadside. However, a note at the foot of the sheet identifies the writer as 'Pte. J. Sibbald, 1st Black Watch'.
Slippy Stane, The Scotch Brigade, Somewhere the Sun is Shining, Nancy Whisky, and The Nameless Lassie
The first ballad begins: 'Wade canny through this weary world'. The second ballad begins: 'On the banks of the Clyde stood a lad and his lassie'. The third ballad begins: 'Somewhere in the world the moon is shining'. The fourth ballad begins: 'This seven long years I've been a weaver'.The fifth ballad begins: 'There's nane may ever guess or trow my bonnie lassie's name'.
This ballad begins: 'Noo, chaps and wunches a', / Div I no look reg'lar braw, / Since I 'listed for a sodger in the ranks? / Od! I've got a braw new hat.' The text preceeding it reads: 'PRICE ONE PENNY / Copies of this popular Comic Song can always be had at 80 London St., Glasgow. / Tune- "Coal Jock".' This sheet was published on Saturday 22nd May, 1886.'
This ballad begins: 'Wild blew the gale in Gibralter one night, / As a soldier lay stretched in his cell; / And anon, 'mid the darkness, the moon's silver light / On his countenance dreamily fell.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. Beneath the title it is noted that the song was 'Recited with Great Success by D. WILKIE of DUNDEE'.
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye Highland hearts, of generous mould, / Whose truth's renowned in story, / Ye Scottish heroes, brave and bold, / That love your country's glory!' The text preceding this reads: 'THEN FILL THE CUP TO MURRAY'S NAME. / AIR - "The Highland Watch".'
Verse 1: 'THEY'RE dear to me, the hills of Perth, / Those rolling floods, these golden plains, / The home of joy, the land of worth, / Where beauty smiles and valour reigns!' These lyrics should be sung to the tune 'He's o'er the Hills'.
Song of the Emigrant
Verse 1: 'I'm lying on a foreign shore, / An hear the birdies sing, / They speak to me o' Auld Langsyne, / An' sunny memories bring, / Oh but tae see a weel kent face, / Or hear a Scottish lay, / As sung in years lang, lang bye-gane, / They haunt me nicht and day.' The sheet was printed by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee and sold for a penny. It also features a woodcut of a thistle, an emblem of Scotland.
Song of the Jolly Jurymen
Verse 1: 'The Boar an' Geordie* tried a race, / Atween the pantry an' the brace, / Geordie fell an' brack his face - / The sow's tail to Geordie'. The footnote belonging to the star in the first line, explains that 'Geordie' is the Railway. The lyrics should be sung to the tune, 'Sow's Tail to Geordie'.
Song, Innerleithen Well
The first verse reads: 'O FAIR Innerleithen, and the River Tweed, / Whose beauty by nature, all art doth exceed, / Of this pleasing village, there's many heard tell, / And so have come here, to drink of our Well.' It was to be sung to the tune of 'The Blaeberries' and was published by W. Reid of Leith. Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration.
Sons of Albion
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye sons of Albion bind up your arms, / To quell the rebel band'. There are directions for these lyrics to be sung to the tune 'Britain's sons never were afraid'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. Lindsay worked from these premises during the 1850s.