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Sons of Levi, A New Masonic Song
Verse 1: 'Come all you craftsmen that do with, / To propagate the grand design. / Come enter into this bright temple, / And learn the craft that is sublime.' A woodcut of a small, low square building has been included at the top of the sheet.
Sons of the Thistle and Shamrock so Green
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye sons of old Scotland and Ireland too, / Draw near and I'll sing you a song that is true'. There are no publication details included on this sheet.
Sorrowful lamentation of Jane Sneddon for the loss of her Lover, John Murray, in the disaster at High Blantyre
This ballad begins: 'On the Clyde's bonny banks as I lately did wander, / near the village of Blantyre I chanced for to rove; / I saw a young female dressed in deep mourning, / She sadly lamented the fate of her lover.' The author is credited as 'John Wilson B. S.G.'
Verse 1: THus lurking as alone I lay, / where there was no Repair, / A Maid before me on the way, / I heard a Greeting fair: / Her Moan was loud it mov'd the Air, / to hear her still I stood, / She was lamenting evermair, / for fault of Tocher good.' The ballad was to be sung 'To an Excellent Old Tune'.
This ballad begins: 'The line to Heaven by Christ was made, / With heavenly truth the rails are laid'. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and features a woodcut illustration of a man preaching to a small crowd.
Sporting Ladies Reply to Mr Reynard the Fox's List, or Burlesque, on Them, and Their Profession, &c.
This ballad begins: 'Ye Noblemen and Gentlemen / Who're come to join the Fun, / To see the Races o'er again, / And Nymphs upon the Town.' A note below the title states that this broadside was 'Hawked by a black badger, his secretary', and that the ballad should be sung to the air, ' O' a the arts the wind, &c'. Although the publisher is not named and the sheet is not dated, it was printed somewhere in Edinburgh.
St Andrew Agnew's Agony Bill
This ballad begins: 'Dear me what a change has seen our Nation, / Since we've reform'd out legislation, / Each M.P. as is now the fashion, / Brings a new bill every session.' A note above the ballad states that it should be sung to the air of 'Kate Dalrymple'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box, 6 St Andrew's Lane, Glasgow, and cost one penny.
St Peter at the Gate
Verse 1 begins: 'St. Peter stood guard at the golden gate, / With a solemn mien and an air sedate'. It was published by David Baxter of 32 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, and would have cost a penny to buy.
Star of Glengary
Verse 1: 'The red moon is up on the moss-covered mountain; / The hour is at hand when I promised to rove, / With the turf-cutter's daughter by Logan's bright water, / And tell her how faithful her Donald can love.' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
Storm on the Paisley Canal
Verse 1: 'Pray look on this victim of Cupid, / Tae my tale of woe give an ear, / As sure as death I'm knocked quite stupid, / I'll gang wrang in the head tae, I fear, / An it's a' through a lass that I gaed wi' / Ay, Mary M'Phail was her name; / My affections she has cruelly played wi', / And left me like a wandered wean.' This ballad was to be sung to an original tune, and was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee.
Storm on the Paisley Canal
This ballad begins: 'Pray look on this victim of Cupid, / Tae my tale of woe give an ear, / As sure as death I'm knocked quite stupid, / I'll gang wrang in the head tae, I fear'. It could be purchased from the Poet's Box of the Overgate, Dundee, and was priced at one penny.
Strifeling Cavalry. A New Song
This ballad begins: 'Our Yeoman are on an' awa, brave boys, / Our Yeoman are on an' awa'. This sheet was published by Webster of Horse Wynd, Edinburgh.
Struggle for the Breeches
Verse 1 and chorus: 'He. About my wife I mean to sing a very funny song, / She. I hope that you will tell the truth let it be right or wrong, / He. You know you are an arrant scold, both out of doors and in, / She. I knew you brute it was a lie before you did begin. / He. So you are inclined I still do find, the breeches for to wear, / She. No dear not I, but I will die, or I will have my share.'
Sunday Sailing and The Dawning of the Day
These ballads begin: 'Good people all pray give attention, / Some simple facts I'm going to mention' and 'As I walked out one morning fair, all in the summer time, / Each bush and tree was dressed in green & valleys in their prime.' The publisher of the broadside was James Lindsay of King Street in Glasgow.
Sunday Steamer Emperor
Verse 1: 'Arouse true friends to Freedom's cause. / Ye working men arise! / repel with scorn your sneaking foes, / Their lawless schemes despise. / United stand! defend your cause - / be faithful, firm and true - / By sound and honest argument / The right will wrong subdue, / Then flourish long the Sunday boat, / The captain and the crew.' This ballad was to be sung to the tune 'Scotland Yet'. The publisher was James Lindsay of King Street, Glasgow.
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye gentlemen listen to my humble song, / And I will declare what I think to be wrong'. A woodcut decoration has been included between the title and the verses.
Susan's Adventures, Napoleon's Farewell to Paris and British Man-of-War
The first ballad begins: 'Young Susan was a blooming maid / So valliant stout and bold.'The second ballad begins: 'FAREWELL ye splendid citadels, that metropolis call'd Paris' / Where Phoebes every morning shoots forth her revolving beams.'The third ballad begins: 'It was in yon meadows I carelessly did stray, / And I beheld a lady fair with some young sailor gay.' As this sheet includes three ballads for the price of one, the pedlars and chapmen who sold broadsides to the public would have marketed this one as a bargain.
Sweet Annie o' the Winding Dee
Verse 1, to be sung to an original tune: ' Wild flowers may deck the verdant vale, / And perfume sweet the balmy gale, / They ne'er can be compar'd to thee, / Dear Annie o' the winding Dee . . .' It is not clear why the text after 'Poet's Box' has been scratched out, perhaps it was an address which had changed.
Sweet Jenny; or, Where Can She Be
This ballad begins: 'I come from Laaf-and-daaf and half-and-half, / Across the Welsh mountains, / Where the leeks and the violets / And the nanny-goats do dwell - / I come here in search / Of a lovely young damsel, / And where she has gone to / I'm sure I can't tell.' It was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and was priced at one penny. The broadside was published on Saturday, 7th October 1865 by the Poet's Box in Glasgow.
Verse 1: 'Long ago an angel I knew, if ever a one was seen, / She was a bonny sweet child of eight, and I was just eighteen: / And every night she'd sit on my knee, her arms round my neck and say / I love you, I love you, and when I grow big, now promise to marry your May.' This broadside was published by the Poet's Box in Dundee and priced at one penny.
Take your ald Cloak about you
This ballad begins: 'IN Winter when the Rain rains cald, / And frost and snaw on Elka Hill.' This sheet was published by John Moncur of Sclater's Close, Edinburgh in 1707.
Tam Gibb and his Sow
Verse 1: 'Quo' Nell, my wife, the ither day, / Provisions they are cheap man; / And for the trifle it wud tak', / A sow we weel micht keep, man; / Indeed, says I, my dearest Nell, / I've just been thinking sae mysel', / And since we've on the notion fell, / I'll just gang doon to Mattie Broon, / This afternoon, and vera soon / Bring hame yin in a rape, man.'
Tammie the Tollman
Verse 1 (to the tune of 'Oxgangs'): 'There is a wee house stands at the Bridgend, / A canty wee fire, I'm sure ye may ken, / For a' the folk round about, callants an' meu / Comes in to see Tammie the tollman.' Below the title we are given detailed information about the poet and his published works. A 'tollman' collected tolls from travellers on turnpike roads. 'Canty' means cheerful and 'callants' is 'an affectionate term for lads'.
Tammy Draw in Yer Chair
This ballad begins: 'Noo, yae simmer's nicht I gaed oot for a / walk, / An' wis daunnerin' alang by a stream, / When a bonnie bit lassie I happened tae / meet, / She wis spreadin' oot claes on the green.' Sung by J.G. Roy with great success, this song could be purchased from 192 Overgate, Dundee, for one penny.
Verse 1: 'When I used to work on the levee, / many happy darkies there you see; / Cotton coming in so very heavy, / Oh, jolly, there was lots of work for me; / Black man hauling in the cargo, / Sun am very hot upon the head; / When he done he dance a jargo, / Rum, tum on the banjo, and then to bed.' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune. The broadside, priced one penny, was published on Saturday, 4th June 1870 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Tara Monster Meeting
Verse 1 begins: 'On the fifteenth day of August, / In the year of Forty Three, / That glorious day, I well may say, / Recorded it will be'. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Verse 1: 'I am the king of sporting blades, / In Dublin city used to abide, / For courting the pretty fair maids, / Both far and near; / I have been in Italy and, / I have been in France and Spain, / Sicily and Germany, / And now I am back home again.'
This ballad begins: 'When Charlie first came to the North, / With the manly looks o' a Highland laddie'.There is no place or date of publication.
Verse 1: 'CHRISTMAS Time while mirth abounded, / Thro the country far and wide, / Happy homes are turned to sadness, / Dear friends in death lay side by side / Young and old upon the railway, / In the fatal train that day, / Litle thought to death were going, / From this life they've passed away.'
Tay Bridge Disaster
Verse 1: 'In this gay and festive season, / We must deplore the loss of life, / Human-beings endowed with reason, / Bent on pleasure, not on strife, / Suddenly life is taken away from them, / In a moment they are swept away, / Death has swiftly come upon them, / At the railway bridge on the River Tay.' This ballad was to be sung to an air entitled 'The Battle'.