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Caledonain Laddie and Sich a Getting Up Stairs
'The Caledonian Laddie' begins: 'Blythe Sandy is a bonny boy, And always is a wooing, O, / He is e'er so bold and kind, / Although he is a wooing, O!' 'Sich a Getting Up Stairs' begins: 'At Kentuck last night a party met, / Dey say dem going to hab a treat'. The sheet was published by J. Harkness of Church Street, Preston, and is illustrated with two woodcuts.
This political poem begins: 'Caledonia no more by Tories be school'd, / Too long by the knaves she's already been ruin'd: / And the Whig's but a Tory in sheep-skin disguise, / On the loaves and the fishes each fixes his eyes'. Although there are no publication details available for this sheet, the subject matter suggests it was most likely published during the 1830s.
Call me back again
This ballad begins: 'You say good-bye the parting words were spoken / I have you now, perhaps 'tis better so. / I give you back each tender little token.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box, / 90 and 102 Overgate Dundee.'
Callum O' Glen
This ballad begins: 'Was ever old warrior of suff'ring so weary? / Was ever the wild beast so bayed in his den. / The Southern bloodhound lie in kennel so near me, / That death would be welcome to Callum O' Glen.' The song was published at 190 and 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box, and priced one penny.
This ballad begins: 'The Russians are coming, oh, dear! oh, dear! / Well, let them come on, we have nothing to fear; / The war now declared - you can now volunteer - / There's nought like the Militia, that is very clear...' It was to be sung to the old Scottish air 'The Campbells are Coming', was published on 13th January 1855, by the Poet's Box, Glasgow, and was priced at one penny.
Capsizing of a boat, in Loch Lomond
This broadside begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that FATAL ACCIDENT at Tarbet on Loch Lomond, on Friday last, 29th August, 1828, by the upsetting of a Boat, by which Eleven Lives were Lost!!!' The broadside was priced at one penny. Its publishers and place of publication are not noted.
Verse 1: 'As I was walking to take the air, / To see the ships all sailing O, / The sailors all invited me on board, / And the captain likewise to his cabin O.' There are no publication details given on this broadside.
Captain Gordon's Welcome Home: a New Song in Praise of his taking the French Privateers
Verse 1: 'Now Brave Captain Gordon's come, / And brought more Prizes with him home / Let's Drink a Cup full to the brim, / In Health to Captain Gordon, / Because where ever he appears, / He clears Our Coasts of Privateers, / Makes Merchant Ships Trade without fears / Through out the Northern Ocean.' The ballad was to be sung 'To an Excellent New Tune, Hark I hear the Cannons Roar'.
Captain John Bruce
This broadside begins: 'A True COPY of the Paper delivered to the Sheriff, by Captain JOHN BRUCE, who was Execute at Lancaster the 2d of October, 1716.' Unfortunately, there are no publication details included on this sheet.
Cardinal's Coach Couped, or the Whigs Lamentation for the Episcopal Toleration
This lamentation begins: 'Alas! Our Kirk has got a Scoup, / Upon her Covenanted Doup, / I fear she run the Gauntlet Loup, / For all her Leagues.' A note under the title reads, 'Licenced and Entered according to Order.' It was published by John Morphew near Stationer's Hall, London, in 1711.
Carroline of Edinborough Town
The first verse reads: 'Come all young men and maidens atend unto my ryme, / Tis of a lovely female was scarcely in her prime, / Her cheeks they were like a rose admired all around, / She was call'd young Carroline of Edinborough Town'. It was advertised as 'A much admired song' and includes a woodcut illustration of a haughty young woman being pursued by a man pulling a cart. The broadside was published by P. Brereton [?] of Dublin, and probably sold for one penny.
Carse o' Gowrie' Dairy
This ballad begins: 'The sky wis blue, and the wind blew high; / And the sun wis shining fairly, / When the Duke O' Argyle, he put on his Sunday til / And cam doon tae the Carse O' Gowrie Dairy'. The Carse of Gowrie is in Perthshire. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
This ballad begins: 'My mouth I'll open for the dumb, / My plea is for the meek'. The lyrics were, allegedly, penned 'by a Carter'.
Castle O' Montgomery
Verse 1: 'Ye banks, and braes, and streams around / The Castle o' Montgomery, / Green be your woods, and fair your flowers, / Your waters never drumlie! / There simmer first unfauld her robes, / And there they langest tarry; / For there I took the last fareweel / O' my sweet Highland Mary.' This broadside was published by J. Scott of Pittenweem in Fife, and sold by J. Wood of 49 North Richmond Street in Edinburgh.
Cat Out of the Pock!
This broadside story begins: 'A Full, True and Particular Account of a most wonderful and Astonishing Catastrophe that took place a few evenings, in a gentleman's house, in Fettes Row, ner Stockbridge, Edinburgh, when a Black Quadruped of the feline species absolutely swallowed a paper, containing many popular and learned Essays and dissertations on various subjects, too numerous to insert in out small limits . . . . but which must be interesting to all out readers.' 'Pock means' 'bag'. A note below the introduction states that this story was 'Extracted from the New North Briton', which was a weekly newspaper.
This ballad begins: 'Come listen to me while I sing, / Of misery I've had my share; / Till fortune took me under her wing, / And my troubles all vanished like air.' A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to the air, 'The Night before Larry was Stretch'd', and that 'Copies of this humorous song can only be had at the Poet's Box'. This sheet was published on Saturday 28th August, 1858.
Celebrating the marriage of James Marquess of Montrose to Lady Christian Carnegie, 1702
This wedding tribute begins: 'Permit, My Lord, me to congratulate / This your succession to a married state; / Whereby, My Lord, if guess aright I do, / (And Poets oftimes have been Prophets, too).' Although no publication details are included on this sheet, it must have been published shortly after Monday the 6th of April, 1702, which is the date when the couple became husband and wife.
Charlie Grey's Come Again
Verse 1: 'Charlie Grey's come again, / Charlie Grey's come again; / Tell the news through brough an' glen, / Charlie Grey's come again!' The broadside does not carry the name of its publisher, nor the place or date of publication. It is decorated with a woodcut of a thistle.
Charlie Mash or Those Girls at the School
This ballad begins: 'My name's Chrlie Mash, and I've just come from school, / With the heartache, the blues, and the tears in my eye; / I've had a good hiding' they have called me a spoon, / If I wasn't afraid, for two pins I would die . . . ' Below the title, it is recorded that 'THIS POPULAR SONG CAN BE HAD POET'S BOX, Overgate, Dundee'.
Charlie Stuart and his Tartan Plaidy' and 'The Inniskillen Dragoon
The first ballad begins: 'When Charlie first came frae the North, / With the manly looks of a Highland laddie'.
Charming Young Widow I Meet in The Train
Verse 1 begins: 'I live in Falkirk and one morning last summer / A letter informed me my uncle was dead'. No publication details have been included on this sheet.
Cheer Boys, Cheer Medley
This ballad begins: 'Cheer, Boys, Cheer! Tam Glen, and Maggy Lauder, / Bessie Bell, and Mary Gray, and Jean o' Sauchieh, / Met Auld Robin Gray, on the Banks o' Allan water, / And danced the Reel o' Boggie there wi' Jockie far awa.' Below the title we are told, 'Copies of this popular song can be had the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee'. 'Boggie' is 'a designation for priests who married people contrary to canon law.
Cheer, Boys, Cheer!
This ballad begins: 'Cheer! Boys! cheer! no more of idle sorrow, / Courage, true heart, shall bear us on our way'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow. The top of the sheet carries a woodcut illustration of a sailing ship, listing at a jaunty angle.
Chickens In The Garden
Verse 1: 'I once did know a farmer, a good old jolly soul, / Who used to work upon the farm around his contry home / He had an only daughter and to win her I did try, / And when I asked him for her hand those words he did re' Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can alwase be had at Poet's Box 182 Overgate Dundee'.
Child with Three Fathers and Down by the Old Mill Stream
The first ballad, 'Child with Three Fathers', begins 'You young lads and lasses draw near for a while, / I'll sing you a song that may cause you to smile'.
Child's Dream: A Story of Heaven
Verse 1: 'Before a lonely cottage once, / With climbing roses gay, / I stood one summer's eve to watch / Two children at their play: / All round the garden walks they ran, / Filling the air with glee, / Till they were tired and sat them down / Beneath an old oak tree.' This broadside was published by J. Scott of Pittenweem in Fife, and sold by J. Wood of Edinburgh.
Christ's Kirk on the Green
Verse 1: 'Was never in Scotland heard or seen, / such dancing and deray; / Neither at Falkland on the green, / nor Peebles at the play, / As was of woers as I ween; / at Christs Kirk on a day: / For there came Kittie washen clean, / with her new Gown of Gray, / Full gay that day' The poem is attributed to James V (1512-42), but the printer's note under the title, 'Newly Corrected according to the Original Copy' indicates that this was one of the many reprints that were made of the poem in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with the spelling updated to the standard forms of the period.
Christ's Kirk on the Green
Verse 1: 'Was never in Scotland heard nor seen / such dancing nor deray, / neither at Falkland on the green, nor Peebles at the play, / As was (of wooers as I ween) / as Christs-Kirk on a day: / for there came Kittie washen clean , / in her new gown of gray / so gay that day.' Beneath the title the text reads: 'Composed (as is supposed) by King JAMES the fifth'.
Christ's Kirk on the Green
Verse 1: 'Was never in Scotland heard nor seen / such Dancing nor Deray, / Neither on Falkland on the Green, / nor Peebles at the play; / As was of Wooers as I ween, / at Christs Kirk on a day; / For there came Kittie washen clean, / with her new Gown of Gray, / Full gay that day.' The text beneath the title reads 'Composed (as is supposed) by King James V. Newly Corrected according to the Original Copy'. Many reprints were made of this poem, and all those held by the National Library of Scotland show subtle differences in wording and spelling, reflecting the 'corrections' that were made by publishers according to the standards af their day.
Claiming to unmask a mysterious murderer from the previous generation
This report begins: 'An account of the wonderful discovery of the murderer of William Begbie, Porter to the British Linen Company's Bank, who was murdered in November, 1806, in the Bank Close, Nether Bow, and Robbed of nearly £5,000, with the whole particulars how the Murderer was discovered.' The name of the publisher is not included on this sheet.