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Broadside ballad entitled 'The Unemployed Breakin' Stanes'
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
But I will remember, while blood's in my veins,
There's few can remember the times bein' so bad;
Our house rent and taxes we've had for tae pay.
When the trade it was good, I had plenty o' wark,
An' I rase every mornin' as blyth as a lark;
But now times are altered, I'm just rags an' banes,
An' I'm forst, for a shillin' a day, tae break stanes.
Now, whare is the warkmen can equal the Clyde?
With the Spring and fine weather the trade will return.
By JOhn WlLSON, B.S.G.
Probable period of publication:
1880-1900 shelfmark: L.C.Fol.70(36b)