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Firing Butter; or, Paddy the Valiant
This ballad begins: 'We sailed from the Downs in a ship called the Lion, / With fifty brass guns our crew could rely on; / Larboard and starboard we had a bold crew / Which no equal number of foes could subgue.' It was priced one penny and published by the Poet's Box, 190 and 192 Overgate, Dundee.

Fisherman and the Monkey
This ballad begins: 'IN Greenock town, I've heard it said, / A man there lived, who to his trade / A fisher was, a rummy blade, / His freens they cawed him Dunkey, O.'

Fisherman's Girl
Verse 1: 'Down in the Country / A poor girl did wander, / Down in the Country / A poor girl did roam, / She belongs to this nation, / She has lost each dear relation, / She's a poor little Fisherman's girl, / Whose friends are dead and gone.'

Fitba Wull
This ballad begins: 'I am, ye see, a weaver, freens, / Jist cam' frae Vinegar Hill, / Tae sing aboot a son o' mine's / That's nicknamed Fitba Wull'. It was published by the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee. It probably cost one penny.

Five Shilling Fee
This ballad begins: 'My Mither was wae, for my faither was deed, / An' they threatened to tak' oor auld hoose o'er oor heid: / Her earnings grew scanty, and meal had got dear; / The auldest o' five, I could whiles see a tear'. 'Wae' is Scots for 'woeful', 'scanty' means 'meagre' and 'whiles' means 'sometimes'.

Flare-Up Factory Girl
Verse 1: 'I'm a factory gal as you may see, / You'd like to know perhaps who I be; / If you will listen to my rhyme, / I'll tell you now all in good time. / My mother lives down pot alley, / The boys all call me charming Sally; / Be their delight I always shall, / While I'm a flare-up factory gal.'

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.

Flora's Lament for her Charlie
Verse 1 begins: 'It's yon bonny banks, and yon bonny braes, / Where sun shines bright and bonny'. It was published by Robert MacIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow. Above the title a woodcut of clipper ship has been included.

Flying Trapeze
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'.

Football Match
This long ballad, telling the tale of a game between the Swifts and the Macalvenny Wallopers, begins: 'A football match last Saturday I went to see ; / To have some fun was exactly what I meant, you see, / So off I goes like a sporting man so dutiful, / To see this game, which I reckoned would be beautiful'. The song was written by James Currns (probably James Curran, a Glasgow song-writer and parodist) and published by the Poet's Box of Dundee. It was sold for a penny.

Forfar Fair
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.

Forger's Doom: Or John Currie's Last Speech
This crime ballad begins: 'I find I was a Fool to mock the Laws, / My Notes are finely chang'd for Hangie's Taas.'

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.'

Forty Years Ago
Verse 1: ''Tis now some forty years ago, / A man was in his prime; / And forty years ago to him / His heart was happy, light and free, / Was then a merry time / But time has brought him low; / Still he can with pleasure speak / Of Forty Years ago.' The publication details are printed on this broadside, but a later hand has obscured them.

Four-leaved Shamrock
The introductory text reads: 'This is supposed to be one of Shields' productions, and the Poet in offering it to the public has every confidence that it will be a tangible treat ; the Poet is certain that it is one of the finest effusions extant, and from his long experience, he would invite all lovers of song and music to come and judge for themselves by procuring copies . . .' The first line of the song reads: 'I'll seek a four-leaved shamrock'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box of Glasgow.

Fourteen Bob
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'

Free and Easy
The first verse reads: 'I'm the lad that's free and easy, / Whereso'er I chance to be: / I'll do my best I'll try to please ye, / If you will but list to me.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and includes a woodcut illustration of a carefree young man throwing a stick for a dog.

Freedom and Learmonth Must Carry the Day
Verse 1 begins: 'ALL honest electors of this our fair town / Come listen to me, and I plainly will shew / How impudent LAWYER, with wig and with gown'. This was advertised as a new song which should be sung to the tune 'Lillibulero'.

Freedom and Learmonth Must Carry the Day
This ballad begins: 'All honest electors of this our fair town, / Come listen to me, and I plainly will shew / How an impudent Lawyer, with wig and with gown, / By a good man and true, shall soon be laid low'. It was advertised as a new song and was to be sung to the tune, 'Lillibulero'. A small illustration of a horse and cart crossing a bridge has been included at the top of the sheet.

Friendship's But A Shadow
This ballad begins: 'As we journey on through life we meet with many ups and downs, / And often wish that we had ne'er been born; / When poverty o'ertakes us in our humble happy home, / Our best friends are apt to turn on us with scorn . . . ' A note below the title states that this ballad was 'Written and sung by Mr J. Macguire, with the greatest succese', and that 'This popular song can be had at 190 and 192 Overgate, Dundee'. The note further states that the ballad was sung to the air, 'English, Welsh and Scotch'.

Fy gar rub her o'er wi' Strae
This broadside begins: 'An Italian Canzone (of Seventeen hundred Years standing) imitated in braid Scots.' Verse 1 begins: 'In ye meet a bonny Lassie, / Gie her a Kiss and let her gae'. This sheet is initialled 'A.R.' and is completed by patterned woodcut embellishment.

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'.

Gallant Admiral
The first verse reads: 'Come awa, my gallant chield, / Ye canna come too early, / For Bruce o' Kennet's i' the field, / Keep back the Tory, Charlie.' The chorus begins: 'Come quickly hither, gang round & gather, / Try the canvassing fairly'. The song was to be sung to the tune, 'Wha'll be King but Charlie'.

Gallant Forty-Twa
This song's first verse runs: 'It's noo I am a sodger, and they ca' me Willie Brown, / I used to be a weaver lad, and lived in Maxweltown, / But noo I am enlisted, and to Perth I going awa' / To join that gallant regiment that's cau'd the gallant forty-twa.' It was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee. At the bottom of the sheet is a list of other songs published by them.

Gallant Grahames
Verse 1: 'Betrayed me, how can this be; / even by day light upon a day, / I met Prince Charles our Royal King, / and all the Grahames in their array; / They were well drest in Armour keen / upon the pleasant Banks of Tay / Before a King they might been seen / those gallant Grahames in their array.' This ballad was to be sung 'To its own proper tune; I will away, and I will not stay, &c'.

Gallant Hussar
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.

Gambler's Wife
This ballad begins: 'Dark is the night---how dark---no light, no fire, / Cold on the hearth the last faint sparks expire, / Shiv'ring she watches by the cradle side, / For him who pledged her love last year a bride.' It was published by the Poet's Box, in December 1866. The place of publication has been erased but it is just possible to make out that the sheet came from 80 London Street, Glasgow.

Gangin' a' Awry! Or Learmonth's Lamentation
This ballad begins: 'OH, gin a body meet a body / Canvassin' the wynde, / Wi' P____k R_____n before, / And Tories a' behind.' It was to be sung to the melody, 'Comin' through the rye'.

Gardner Tammy
Verse 1: 'The storm rag'd o'er ilka hill, / The wind blew hard, but Tam was still; / far, far frae hame a grave doth fill, / The warmest hearted Tammy, O.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Gloomy Winter's now awa'. The sheet does not carry any publication details.

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