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Favourite Song, Called Lord Ely's Gates
This ballad begins: 'As I went by Lord Ely's gates, / I heard a fair maid singing, / With a bonny baby in her arms, / And all the bells in the court were ringing.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
This ballad begins: 'My friend and I struck frae Millgye, / For Glasgow town we took our way, / When all along the road was strung, with lads and bonnie lasses gay'. It was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee, and sold for a penny.
This report begins: 'FIGHT Which took place at the Dumbie-Dykes, on Friday morging, between a Tailor and Clothier and a Coachman, in respectable family in the New Town, originating in their pretentions to the hand of a handsome Lady's-maid living in the same street.' The broadside was published by Brown of Edinburgh. Although its publication date is not printed on the sheet, a later hand has written the date in as April 1844.
Fishwife and a fish-hauliers journey
This entertaining story begins: 'An account of the Comical Courtship between a Fishwife and a Haddie Carter, showing what past while in the Steam-Boat between Newhaven and Musselburgh'.
Flora the Lily of the West
Verse 1: 'It's when I came to England some pleasure for to find, / Where I espied a damsel most pleasing to my mind, / Her rosy cheeks and rolling eyes like arrows pierced my breast / And they called her lovely Flora, the lily of the west.' This song was published at 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box.
Verse 1: 'Once I was happy, but now I'm forlorn, / Like an old coat that is tattered and torn, / Left on this wide world to fret and to mourn, / Betrayed by a maid in her teens. / The girl that I loved she was handsome, / I tried all I knew her to please, / But I could not please her one quarter so well / As that man upon the trapeze.' Priced at one penny, this broadside could be purchased from the Poet's Box, Glasgow. It is dated 'Saturday, July 11, 1874'.
Verse 1: 'When I was a 'prentice in Forfar, / I was a braw lad an' a stout; / My master was old Tailor Orquher, / That lived at the fit o' the Spout. / His wife's name was gleyed Gizzie Miller; / And O! she was haughty and vain, / For the bodies had plenty o' siller; / Forbye a bit house o' their ain.' This ballad was published at the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee by William Shepherd.
Forsaken lover; OR the female's blast
This ballad begins: 'Her vows of love / They seem'd to prove, / Most faithful unto me, / But now I've found / Which doth me wound / In them no constancy.'
Verse 1: 'Big Johnnie Shaw a dacent chap / He wants tae marry me, / Although he's but a labouring chield / Wi forteen bob you see / Im raither fond o Johnnie, / For he's got such winning ways / As when I speak o taken him / My dear auld mither says.' This ballad was published at 190 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box. Under the title it is printed, 'Sung with great Success throught all the princpal Concerts in the City by J. OATES'
Fy gar rub her o're wi Strae
This ballad begins: 'GIN ye meet a bonny Lassie, Gie her a Kiss and let her gae, / But if she be a dirty Hussy, / fy gar rub her o're wi' Strae.' The text preceeding it reads: 'An Excellent SONG / INTITULED / Fy gar rub her o're wi Strae. Italian Canzone (of seven hundred Years standing) imitated in braid Scots'.
Fy on the Wars that hurri'd Willie from me
This ballad begins: 'Fy on the Wars that hurri'd Willie from me, / Who to love me just had Sworn, / They made him Captive sure to undo me; / Wo's me he will ne're return. / A Thousand Lowns abroad will fight him; / He from Thousands ne'er will run.' The text preceeding it reads: 'An excellent New Song, Much in request'.
Verse 1: 'A damsel possessed of great beauty, / She stood by her own father's gate, / The galleut gallent hussars were on duty, / To view them this maiden did wait; / Their horses were capering and prancing, / Their accoutrements shone like a star, / From the plains they were nearer advancing, / She espied her young gallant Hussar.' This song was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.
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'.
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.
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: '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.
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.
Harper o' Mull
Verse 1: 'WHEN Rosie was faithful, how happy was I, / Still gladsome as simmer the time glided by, / I play'd my harp cheery, while fondly I sang, / Of the charms of my Rosie the winter nights lang; / But now I'm as wofu' as wofu' can be, / Come simmer, come winter, tis a' ane to me; / For the dark gloom of falsehood sae clouds my sad soul, / That cheerless for ay is the Harper o' Mull.' The sheet carries no publication details.
Hatton Woods or The Bonnie Woods o' Hatton
Verse 1: 'Ye comrades and companions, and all ye females dear, / To my sad lamentations, I pray you lend an ear ; / There was once I lo'ed a bonnie lass, I lo'ed her as my life, / And it was my whole intention to make her my wedded wife.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee.
He's or'e the Hills and Far Away
Verse 1: 'I Must or'e Lands and Seas repass, / Face Summers Suns and Winters glass, / Rude Hurry Canes I must endure, / Never wake, nor Sleep, nor rest Secure, / Where Savage Moors makes their abode / And Humane Foot have never trode; / There I perhaps whole years must stay / While she I love is far away.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its Own Proper Tune'.
Hieroglyphic Love Letter
This highly unusual broadside letter begins: 'REAL COPY of a CURIOUS LOVE LETTER, chiefly in HIEROGLYPHIC CHARACTERS, written by a Love-struck Painter of this City to the object of his affections, a sprightly nursery-maid in a respectable family residing at the west end of the Town.' Although not dated, the sheet was published in Edinburgh by Sanderson.
Hieroglyphic Love Letter
The letter is addressed to Dear Isabella and, with the use of rather novel hieroglyphics, begins: 'Hoping the goodness of your heart will excuse my presumption, I have at last been induced to offer you my hand, dreading the farther competition of a certain one eyed maker of shoes . . .' It was published by Sanderson of the High Street, Edinburgh, and was made available to 'Travellers and Hawkers'.
The text preceeding this ballad begins: 'The "Castle of Montgomery" referred to in this beautiful effusion was that of Collsfield, near Tarbolton.' The ballad itself begins: 'Ye banks and braes and streams around / The Castle o' Montgomery'. A nicely executed woodcut representing a rather well-dressed Highland Mary decorates the top of the sheet.
Highland Minstrel Boy
Verse 1: 'I hae wander'd mony a night in June / Along the bank's o' Clyde, / Beneath a bright and bonnie moon, / Wi' Mary by my side; / A summer was she to my e'e, / And to my heart a joy, / And weel she lo'ed to roam wi' me, / Her Highland Minstrel Boy, / I hae wander'd, &c.'
Verse 1: 'Owre yon hills not far awa, / There dwells a lovely maiden, / As she strolled, ae simmer's night / For to view the soldiers paradin'.' Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee'.
Hope Farewel, Adieu to all Pleasure, or Silvia's Matchless Cruelty
This ballad begins: 'Hope farewel, adieu to all Pleasure, / No Torment so great as Love in despair: / Sylvia frowns, my Endeavours to please her, / And laughs at those pains she makes me to bear.' A generic woodcut has been included to add to the market appeal of the sheet. This broadside ballad should be sung to the tune of 'Hail great Sir, &c'. It was probably printed by John Reid in Edinburgh.
In Heriot's Walks, & c
Verse 1: IN Heriot's-Walks as I was Roving, / I met my Love, she gayly drest, / Frown'd when I talkt to her of Loving / And bid me set my Heart at rest. / How! set my Heart at rest? Dear Angel, / O tell me quickly, Fair one do? / You may go Rove on, and Range Still, / For never shall Man my Heart Subdue.' This ballad was composed by 'Mr Ramondon, Senior', to be sung 'To it's own Proper Tune'. It was published and sold by John Reid of Pearson's Close, off the High Street in Edinburgh, in 1715.
Verse 1 begins: 'As I walked out one evening down by the river side, / I gazed around me and an Irish girl I spied'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow (1860-90). The top of the sheet carries a woodcut of a young, simply dressed girl carrying a bird cage and looking at an odd looking cat.