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Verse 1: 'When silent time wi' lightly foot / Had trod on thirty years, / My native home I sought again, / Wi' mony hopes and fears. / Wha kens gin the dear friends I left / Will still continue mine? / Or gin I e'er again shall meet / The joys I left langsyne'. The sheet carries no publication details.
Tribute of Regret
This broadside begins: 'The public having, already, been put in possession, by the newspapers, of all the circumstances, yet known, connected with the unprecedentedly barbarous murder lately perpetrated in this parish, (Lochwinnoch)'. The ballad begins: 'From raven wings, the wint'ry night / Flap'd storms, which nature did affright'. It was to be sung to the tune 'This Night, the Heath shall be my bed'. It was printed by W. Taylor of Lochwinnoch and is dated the 3rd February, 1821.
Tribute to the Memory of James Fleming Cannon
The first verse reads: '"O ring of which the ruby is out-fall!" / So sang Dan Chaucer in the olden day, / So sang he quaintly in his golden way / A song that sorrow will for aye recall.' It was written by Kelso Kelly.
Triumph of Reform and A New Song
The first ballad begins: 'Ye sons of Scotia, raise your voice, / And let the world hear; / We'll make the tyrants tremble, / For their day of judgment's near'. The woodcut above the title depicts a 'Punch and Judy' like figure.
True Love Murdered
This ballad begins: 'TRUE LOVE MURDERED OR A NEW DIALOGUE BETWEEN A Young GENTLEMAN and a MAID of lower Degree / To the Tune of "Fortune my Foe". / There was a worthy young Squayer / Whom a fair Damsel did love.'
True Scots Mens Lament for the Loss of the Rights of their Ancient Kingdom
This ballad begins: 'Shall Monarchy be quite forgot, / and of it no more heard? / Antiquity be razed out, / and Slav'ry put in Stead?' This was published by John Reid, of Pearson's Close Edinburgh, in 1718.
True Son of Erin's Lament for Ireland
This ballad begins: 'Oh Erin! give ear to your emigrant's ditty, / That mourns for old Granua each day; / Over Europe we're scattered in each port and city, / While we're seeking employment each day.' 'Erin' is 'Ireland' and 'Granua' is 'Mother Ireland'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
True way of the bonny bruiked lassie
This ballad, to its own proper tune, begins: 'Down by a Meadow green, / I chanc'd to meet my Dear, / She appeared like a Queen / Fill'd me with Joy and Fear'.
True-Lover's Farewell to Ireland!
Verse 1 begins: 'Twas of a summer's evening, as I went out to walk, / I heard two charming lovers, together they did talk.' This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. A woodcut illustration of a square-rigged ship has been included to increase the perceived value of the sheet.
Trust to Luck
This ballad begins: 'Trust to luck, trust to luck, and stare fate in the face, / Sure the heart must be easy if it's in the right place; / Let the world wag away, let your friends turn to foes, / Let your pockets run dry and threadbare your clothes.' This broadside was published on Saturday, 12th August 1871 and priced at one penny. The publisher was the Poet's Box. The city of publication has been obscured but can be made out as Glasgow.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
The first verse begins: 'I'm thinking of poor Uncle Tom, / So generous, kind, and brave; / The white man came when he was young, / And claim'd him as his slave.' A woodcut illustration has been included at the top of the sheet showing four scantily-clad figures in a clearing. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Verse 1: 'Noo, I'm a simple country chiel, / And I'm just cam tae the toon; / Because I am a stranger here, / Folk tak, me for a lood. / The folk, they a' glower after me, / The wanes a' laugh their full, / And tae ane anither ye wid here then say, / Oh look at Uncle Wull'. The song was originally performed by W.H. Lanegan, but no date for its composition is given. The broadside was published by William Shepherd at the Poet?s Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee. It is notable for more spelling and typographical errors than usual.
Verse 1 begins: 'See yon braw bit laddie comin' rinnin' down the street, / Weel happit frae the caul' blast, an' a' sae clean an' neat: / His bonnet cocket on his head, his shoon sae tight an' clean'. This sheet was published by John Barr of Glasgow. 'Unco' is used in various ways by the Scots language but this context is conveys a sense of extreme and unfamiliar change.
Verse 1: 'See yon braw bit laddie comin' rinnin' down the street, / Weel happit frae the caul' blast, an' a' sae clean an' neat: / His bonnet cocket on his head, his shoon sae tight an' clean - / There's an unco change com' o'er him now - the drunkard's raggit wean.' This song was written by John Barr of Glasgow. The sheet carries no publication details.
Unemployed Breakin' Stanes
Verse 1: 'A' ye wha hae riches an' plenty in store, / Do ye ne'er wance gi'e a bit thought on the poor? / While feestin' an' drinkin' does it enter yer brains / Ho' the poor devils live who are breakin' the stanes?' The ballad was written by John Wilson, B.S.G.
This ballad begins: 'In the city of Exeter there lived a Squire, / And he had a daughter most beautiful and fair, / And she lov'd a shepherd below her degree, / Which caused her ruin and sad misery.' It was published by James Lindsay of Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Up and Waur Them A', Johnnie
This ballad begins: ''Tis here and there, and every where, / We meet the lawyer clan, Johnnie'. The chorus reads: 'Up and waur them a', Johnnie, / Up and waur them a', / Up and save AULD REEKIE's pride, / And ding the man o' law!'
Up In A Balloon
This ballad begins: 'One night I went up in a balloon, / On a voyage of discovery - to visit the moon, / Where an old man lives, so some people say - / "Through cutting of sticks on a Sunday".'
Valiant Jockie, or The Maiden Warriour
This ballad begins: 'VAliant Jockey's march'd away, / To fight the foe, with great Makcay, / Leaving me poor Soul, Alas! Forlorn, / To curse the hour I e'er was born:' A brief explanation under the title reads, 'Being a Valient Ladies Resolution to fight in Field ; by the side of Jockey her Entire Love; With his answer to it'. It was intended to be sung 'To an excellent New Tune'.
Valiant Jockie: His Lady's Resolution
This ballad begins: 'Valiant Jockie,s march'd away, / To fight a Battle with great Mackay; / Leaving me poor Soul alas! forlorne, / To curse the hour that ever I was born / But I swear I'll follow too, / And dearest Jockie's fate pursue; / Near him be, to guard his precious Life, / Never Scot had such a Loyal Wife.' It was to be sung 'to its own proper tune.'
Verses on Burns' Centenary
The introduction to this poem reads: 'The following verses, by the author of "Half-past ten," were written for, and read with applause at, a Burns' Centenary Meeting, in Coatbridge, on the 25th January 1859:--' The poem itself begins: 'A hunder years this verra nicht, / Sin' Rabie Burns saw the licht'. Although no publication details are included, the sheet was almost certainly published in 1859.
Waes Me for Prince Charlie
The ballad begins: 'A wee bird cam to our ha' door, / It warbled sweet and clearly; / And aye the o'ercome o' its sang, / Was "Waes me for Prince Charlie"!' A note under the title states that the lyrics should be sung to the famous air, 'Bonny House o' Airley', which was a traditional Jacobite song. The word 'waes' means 'woes'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Wait Till the Clouds Roll By, 'The Song of the Emigrant and Norah Magee
The first ballad begins: 'Jenny, my own true loved one, / I'm going far from thee'.
'The Song of the Emigrant' begins: 'I'm lying on a foreign shore, / An' hear the birdies sing'.
The final ballad on this sheet, Norah Magee', begins: 'Norah, dear Norah, I can't live without you, / What made you leave me to cross the wide sea?'
The sheet was published in Alexandria, outside Glasgow, by C.R. Gilchrist & Sons.
Verse 1: 'O cease ye a while ye winds to blow, / O cease ye murmuring streams to flow! / Be still! Be hush'd every rude noise! / I think I hear my true Love's voice.' The broadside was published by McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow. It is illustrated with a woodcut of a Scottish soldier.
Watty and Meg
This ballad begins: 'KEEN the frosty winds were blawing, / Deep the snaw had wreathed the ploughs, / Watty, waried a' day sawing, / Daunert down to Mungo Blue's.' It was printed and sold by John Sanderson in Edinburgh.
Watty and Meg, or the Wife Reformed
This ballad begins: 'KEEN the frosty winds were blawing, / Deep the snaw had wreathed the ploughs, / Watty, waried a' day sawing, / Daunert down to Mungo Blue's.' Included at the top of the sheet is a woodcut illustration of a man and woman.
We Are Brethren A'
Verse 1 begins: 'A happy bit hame this auld world would be, / If men when they're here, could mak' shift to agree'. This song should be sung to its original tune and was sold for a penny a sheet. It was published by the Poet's Box of 80 London Street, Glasgow.
Weasel Uncas'd, or the In and Outside of a Priest Drawn to the Life
Verse 1: 'A Protestant Priest, a Man of great Fame, / To be Rich and Great was his only Aim, / It was Dr Weasel, the very same, / Which no body can deny.'
Wedding of the Queen
This ballad begins: 'What a great day of rejoycing was Monday, / Sic joys in our town was ne'er seen, / Ilk lord and lady were buskit, / An' shone like unto a new preen.' It is to be sung to the tune of 'Fie, let us a' to the Bridal' and was printed by Menzies of Bank Street, Edinburgh. A woodcut of a woman and man, apparently the worse for alcohol, adorns the top of the sheet. The subject matter dates the sheet to 1840.
This ballad begins: 'THE beauty new of Edinburgh town, / She's Chang'd her Colour into Brown, / After it's so long Preservation, / She likes to pass out of this Nation . . . ' Below the title, it is recorded that this wedding song was to celebrate 'the marraige of John Brown, merchant in Holland, and Margaret Hepburn, daughter to the Laird of Bairfoot, solemnized 28 of July 1714'.