The Word on the Street
home | background | illustrations | distribution | highlights | search & browse | resources | contact us

Subject Browse Results

Your search for humour returned 177 broadsides

Displaying broadsides 31 to 60 of 177:

Comical Wedding
This report begins: 'The inhabitants of this town were highly delighted and amused on the night of Tuesday last, by a Wedding of rather a singular and uncommon description which took place here on that day, and afforded no little sport to the young and old of both sexes, who had assembled in great numbers to meet the wedding party returning from the house of the Rev. Mr ____'. The broadside was published by Sanderson of the High Street in Edinburgh.

Complaints of the 'Beaux and the Bads'
This broadside begins: 'THE Grievious Complaint of the Beaux and the Bads, And a the young Widows, and Lasses and Lads, For Death's taking Mas: James Crouckshanks awa, Who buckl'd the Beggers at Mountounha. / Interr'd in the Church-yeard of Inverask, the 29. of March 1724.' There are no publication details included on this sheet.

Contents of a sideboard
This broadside begins: 'CONTENTS OF TWO DRAWERS OF A SIDEBOARD, In a certain Hotel, North of John o' Groat's. / 'If there's a hole in a' your coats, / I rede you tent it : / A chield's amang you takin notes, / And, faith! He'll prent it.' The name of the author is, appropriately, 'A TRAVELLER', and it appears to have been written in an Orkney hotel on the 6th June 1828.

Contract of Enster
This ballad begins: 'ON July just upon the penult day, / which is the second Moneth next to May. / It is agreed and finally Contracted, / and all the Parties living yet that spake it, / Between two Graceless Persons of Renoune, / None more Infamous dwelling in the Town.'

Cookey Darling, a Parody on Kitty Darling
The opening line of this ballad runs: 'I'm waiting in the airey, cookey darling'. It was published on Saturday, 15th April 1854, by the Poet's Box of 6 St Andrew's Lane, Glasgow, and cost a penny.

Court Circular, From the Penny Satirist
This political notice begins: '"What's your opinion of the Corn Laws, Albert?" said the Queen, to her spouse : "you ought to be a counsellor to me, in governing affairs of this mighty Empire"'. It was published by Sanderson of the High Street, Edinburgh.

Cow and the Parson! and The Star of Glengary
'The Cow and the Parson!' begins: ''Twas near ____ town as stories go, - / (I can't say whether true or no;) / There lived a swain of low degree, / Yet with contentment bless'd and free'. 'The Star of Glengary' begins: 'The red moon is up on the moss-covered mountain, / The hour is at hand when I promised to rove'. The sheet carries no publication details.

Criticism of the Town Council
This broadside begins: 'A full, true, and particular Account / OF ALL / THE DOGS, / WHICH MEET EVERY TUESDAY, AT / THE GRAND TOWN-COUNCIL KENNEL, / With a full description of all their qualities, as exhibited at the / PROVOST HUNT, / On TUESDAY, 29th November 1842'.

Cuddy Peggy
This ballad begins: 'In the high town of Gala lived auld Peggy Tinlin, / Wha was blessed wi' content, though at times took to grumblin'; / Her calling in life was provisions to hawk, / And David, her cud, bore them a' on his back!' The broadside was published at 190 & 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box.

Cup Of Cold Water Or That's What I Read In The Next Week's Police News
This ballad begins: 'One night as I sat in a cup of cold water, / Nearly frozen to death by the heat of the sun, / I read in the papers a case of man slaughter / Which caused the salt tears from my poor nose to run.' Below the title we are told that, 'Copies of this popular song can always be had at the POET'S BOX, Overgaie, Dundee'. The text underneath the title also states that the song was written by James Curran, and sung by T. Barrick.

Curious and Diverting Dialogue
This broadside begins: 'A CURIOUS AND DIVERTING DIALOGUE, That took place betwixt two Irishmen in the Cowgate, last night, about the Dinner to be given to EARL GREY on Monday first.' The Publisher was John Neil. The date and place of publication are not supplied.

Curious Case
This crime account begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of that Curious and Laughable circumstance, that took place between a journeyman Hatter and a sprightly young lass, on Monday 4th July, 1825'. The crime ocurred in Mint Street, Southwark, London.

Deadly Groans of the Whisky Stills
This comic broadside begins: 'The DEADLY GROANS of the WHISKY STILLS: who were condemned to suffer Martyrdom on the 17th of thei spresent month of July 1795, for the horrid and bloody murder of starving above 200,000 professed Christians in this island. With the sorrowful lamentation of all the Dram-Drinkers.' There are no publication details included.

Desperate Engagement
This satirical story begins: 'An Accouut of a Most DESPERATE BATTLE, which took place on the 13th of April, 1824, between the clans of two Chieftains, between Auchterarder and Fosswell, the Battle was for a long while doubtfull, till the two generals encountered each other'. This story was sourced from the 'Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle' on Wednesday 5th May, 1824.

Dialogue between a married man and a young woman
This broadside begins: 'A MARRIED MAN CAUGHT IN A TRAP, OR, THE LOVER'S Detected A LAUGHABLE DIALOGUE. Which took place in a Railway Carriage, between a Married Gentleman, and a Young Lady of this Town, which was overheard by a gentleman, who immediately committed the same to writing.' Included at the top of the sheet is an illustration of a young woman, and a man on bended knee.

Dialogue: A Little Comedy of Marriage
This comic dialogue begins: 'Dramatis PersonŠ, - FALKLAND, BELCOUR. / Enter Belcour and Falkland, / Falk. What, Belcou! how are you my friend? you look sad. / Bal. no. do I?' The broadside was published by William Shepherd at the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee. It does not carry a price or a date of publication.

Doctor and his Patients
This ballad begins: 'THERE was a prudent grave Physician, / Careful of Patients as you'd wish one; / Much Good he did with Purge and Glister, / And well he knew to raise a Blister; / Many he cur'd, and more he wou'd, / By Vomit, Flux, and letting Blood; / But still his Patients came again, / And most of their old Ills complain'.

Domestic quarrel between a recently married couple
This light-hearted story begins: 'A Full, True and Particular Account of that Awful BLOODY BATTLE for the BREEKS! that was Fought last Saturday Night, in this Neighbourhood between a Sprightly Young Couple, who had been married a whole Fortnight; and which did not end without Torn Clothes, Broken Heads and Bloody Noses; together with a Copy of the Articles of Agreement made between them, after the Battle was over.' The sheet was published by A. Turnbull of Edinburgh, and cost one penny.

Donald and his Mither
Verse 1: 'Come my lass and be nae blate, / And I will be your guard for ever, / And I will dwat you air and late, / And you'll sit beside young Donald's mither.' Chorus: 'Come awa' wi' me, lassie, / Come awa' wi' me lassie, / I'll row ye in my tartan plaid. / My lowland bride - my bonnie lassie.'

Dorrn's Ass
Verse 1 begins: 'One Paddy Doyle lived near Killearney, / He courted a maid called Biddy Toole'.

Downfall of Brigham Young
This ballad begins: 'Come listen now and you shall hear the news that came to hand, / Concerning Saint Brigham Young, that famous lady's man, / We're told that all the Mormons, and his bawling squalling band, / Will have for to skedaddle from the Yankee Doodle land . . . '

Downfall of Harvie's Dyke
This report begins: 'An account of that most important and final decision regarding the notorious Dyke on the Banks of the Clyde, which was finally decided by the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords, on Tuesday last.-- Glasgow, 10th July, 1828.' The sheet was published by John Muir of Princes Street, Glasgow.

Downfall of the Dyke
This ballad begins: 'You've heard tell of this muckle dyke, / Built on the banks of Clyde, man, / That has near stood the 6th year's flood, / And Winter's storm beside, man'. It was published by William Carse of Glasgow and probably sold for one penny.

Drucken Jock
Verse 1: 'They ca' me drucken Jock; / That may a' be true - / I neither beg nor steal, / Although I'm sometimes fou. / I'm neither lame nor crazy, / And I pay for what I drink; / There's no sae muckle odds o' fock / As ane would think.' 'Drucken' means 'drunken' and 'fou' means 'intoxicated'. The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.

Edinburgh Elector's Alphabet; or A Guide to the Poll
This political pamphlet begins: 'A is for Aytoun, a radical true; / B is for Bottom, who looks very blue; / C is for Campbell, just fresh from his journey; / D is for Dudley, that dish'd the attorney . . .' Although there are no publication details available for this sheet, the subject matter suggests it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.

Epitaph on Mr Samuel Smith, Minister of Newgate
This epitaph begins: 'UNDER this Stone / Lies a reverend Drone, / Who preach'd against sin / with a terrible Grin, / In which some may think / that he acted but Odly / Since he liv'd by the wicked / and not by the Godly.' A note at the foot of this sheet states that it was originally printed in London, then 'Reprinted at the Foot of the Horse-weynd', in Edinburgh.

Epithalamium on the Jovial Nuptials of Capt. James Donaldson Gazetteer and Observator
This epithalamium begins: 'In compensation of your Vademecum, / It seems now to be alias tecum, / Than when you call'd us Shamout Whores, / or going masked out of doors.' There are no publication details available for this broadside. However, a note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was 'Completed by a Lady of Honour'.

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.

Female Rambling Sailor, Dandy Husband, Old Mill Stream and Braes o' Gleniffer
The first ballad begins: 'Come all you people far an near, / And listen to my ditty'.
The second ballad begins: 'Come all you married women whoever that you be, / Likewise all you that's single and listen unto me'.
The third ballad begins: 'Is this the old mill stream, that ten years ago, / Was so fast in its currant, so pure in its flow?'
The fourth ballad begins: 'Keen blaws [t]he wind o'e[r th]e braes o' Gleniffer, / The auld castle's turrets are covered wi' snaw'.

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.'

Results page:   1     2     3     4     5     6


Return to Search page