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A Cronie o' Mine
Verse 1: 'Come saddle your bit neddy and ride your way down, / About a mile and a half to the next burgh town. / There's ane, an auld blacksmith, wi' Janet his wife, / And a queerer old cock ye ne'er seen in yer life.' This sheet was sold by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
A Hundred Years to Come
This ballad begins: 'You've heard about Maculay, and a great New Zealander too, / Who are coming in a hundred years the whole of us to view, / I'll give you my ideas, at least I'll give you some.' The text preceeding it reads: 'The Popular Song can be had at the Poet's Box, / Overgate Dundee'. This sheet was printed by William Shepherd also of the Overgate, Dundee.
A Love of God Shave
Verse 1: 'It was in this town, not far from this spot, / A barber he opened a snug little shop, / He at Birmingham had been for many a year, / And he shav'd all the natives so clean and so clear.' The broadside carries no date, nor any publication details.
A Ploughman Lad's For Me
This ballad begins: 'When first I saw young Jocky, / It was at - feeing fair, / Wi' his rosy cheeks and dimpled chin, / And bonny curly hair.' The chorus begins: 'So the ploughman lads for me'. It was written by John Wilson and published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
A Wee Drappie Mair
Verse 1: 'One night as I was dandering alang the South Street, / I gead in to the twa brewers my whistle for tae weet; / When I a lassie that I ne'er saw before drew anower her chair, / Saying come awa my lad, an' tak a wee drappie mair.' The broadside was published by the Poet's Box, 182 Overgate, Dundee. At the foot of the sheet a mail order service for songs is advertised.
A Woman is the Torment of Man
Verse 1: 'You married men, I pray, come listen to my lay, / I will tell you the truth if I can; / You will by what I say, if attention you pay, / That a woman is the plague of a man.' This sheet was published by James Lindsay of Glasgow.
A Woman is the Torment of Man
This ballad begins: 'You married men, I pray, come listen to my lay, / I will tell you the truth if I can; / You will by what I say, if attention you pay, / That a woman is the plague of a man.' It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for a penny.
Abercromby's Answer, or the Exchequer Garland. Another excellent New Song
This political ballad begins: 'Ye Whigs of high and low degree, / Come pipe all hands on deck d'ye see, / And teach all the crew to sing out for me, / 'Huzzah for Aber-crombie!' A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune, 'the Arethusa', which is a traditional Scottish song dating from around 1730, and also the name of a poem by the radical poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the reference to Jamie Aytoun suggests that it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
Absence of Mind
This ballad begins: 'I'm verry absent minded of course it's want of thought, / But somewhat I can always do things wrong, / I make such sad mistake's that my heart it nearly brakes, / And I don't think that I'll live so verry long.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Song can be had at the Poet's Box, Overgate Dundee. / New Songs out every Week.'
Act of Parliament
This broadside begins: 'A NEW APPROVED ACT OF PARLIAMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF Young Men, Old Men, Maids, Wives, Widows, Old Maids, Bachelors, &c.' It was printed by Sanderson of the High Street, Edinburgh, and includes an illustration of four well-attired individuals.
Address to Robert Montgomery Esq; Late Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh
This ballad begins: 'WHEN shameful vice presum'd our streets to tread, / And boist'rous Riot rear'd her lawless head, / When the Lord's sacred Sabbath was profan'd, / And fair EDINA'S character was stain'd.' Although the name of the publisher is not included, a note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published in Edinburgh in December, 1758.
Address to the Electors of Edinburgh
This satirical political address begins: 'FELLOW CITIZENS / In this enlightened age, when the advantages of local position are justly esteemed paramount to those of intellectual superiority or public eminence, I come forward boldly to claim your suffrages on grounds altogether independent of my political principles or of my mental qualifications.' The letter is signed, 'Your known friend, TIMOTHEUS SYNTAX, for J LEARMONTH'. Although there are no publication details available for this sheet, the subject matter suggests it was most likely published during the 1830s.
Address, Or Warning to the Young
Following on from the title, the report continues: 'By the unfortunate Men, now under Sentence of Death, who are to be Executed on Wednesday the 3d of November next, for various crimes, published as a warning to the rising generation, to beware of the first beginnings of evil.' This crime report takes the form of a ballad, the first line of which reads: 'O Hope! Thou sweet celestial spring'. A note at the bottom of the sheet states that it was 'Printed for the Book Cryers'.
Adieu, My Native Land, Adieu
This ballad begins: 'Adieu, my native land, adieu, / The vessel spreads her swelling sails; / Perhaps I never more may view / Your fertile fields, your flowery dales.' It was to be sung to the air 'Farewell to Albion's Heathery Hills'. The broadside was priced at one penny and published by the Poet's Box. A long advertisement for services offered by the Poet's Box (probably Glasgow) foots the sheet, but the address and town are not included.
Advice to Married Women
Verse 1 begins: 'Now you married women all, / Your attention I do call, / And a good advice ill give you I am thinking, / For the husband I have got'. The woodcut at the top of the sheet depicts a well-dressed couple standing in a leafy clearing. They appear to have fallen out, however, as their bodies are stiff and turned away from one another.
This letter is introduced by a prose passage which reads: 'A Genuine copy of a most affecting letter sent by one of these young men, lately executed, to a young woman belonging to Edinburgh, with whom he has carried on correspondence for some years, with his dying advice and request to her, which is published with her own consent.' It was probably published in Edinburgh in 1824.
Affray, and two murders
This crime report begins: 'A particular account of the unlucky affray that happened on Saturday evening at the head of the Canongate, Edinburgh, between two Carters, viz Alexander M'Donald and [Ge]orge Sideserf, who lost his life by a blow from M'Donald. Likewise an account of that horrid and bloody murder, committed on the body of SERJEANT JENKINS, of the Pembrokeshire Cavalry, who was most cruelly stabbed by one Buttler, a private of said regiment, in many places, of which he died in about ten minutes, in great agony.'
Afloat on the Ocean
Verse 1: 'Afloat on the ocean, my days gaily fly; / No monarch on earth is more happy than I; / Like a bright, brilliant star my trim bark seems to me, / As sparkling in glory, she skims o'er the sea. / The wave is my kingdom, all bend to my will, / And fate seems ambitious my hopes to fulfil.' This broadside was priced at one penny and was published on Saturday, 19th September 1857 by the Poet's Box. The town of publication has been obscured.
Verse 1: 'I come from Alabama, / My name is Samuel, / The white folks call me Sam, / And that suits me quite as well. / 'Most everything I spy / Though I look so jolly green, / To take me in is all my eye, / For you'll find I'm "all serene."' This ballad was to be sung to an 'Original' tune and could be bought for one penny. It was published on 16th April 1870 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
This ballad begins: 'Oh, had I but Aladdin's Lamp, / If only for a day, / I'd try to find a link to bind / The joys that pass away. / I'd try to bring an angel's wing / Upon this earth again, / And build true worth home on earth, / A home beloved by men.' A note below the title states that 'This deservedly popular song created a great sensation in this city some months ago, when intsoduced to the Glasgow public by that admirable singer, Mr Plumpton'. The sheet was published on the Saturday morning of January 26th, 1856, and was available for purchase from the Poet's Box.
This account begins: 'A full and particular Account of that most alarming RIOT at Wick, in Caithness Shire, in consequence of Cholera having appeared there on Thursday last, the 26th July, against Dr Allison of this city, who was in imminent danger of his life, and had to leave the place.' This account was copied from 'the Courant of Saturday last' and was printed for John Lyons of Edinburgh and sold for one penny.
This ballad begins: 'She's all my fancy painted her, / She's lovely, she's divine; / But her heart it is another's, / She never can be mine.' The sheet was published by J. Elder of Edinburgh.
All Other Hearts Seem Glad but Mine
Verse 1: 'Long years have passed since we first met, / It breaks my heart to think of thee, / I am sure you cannot yet forget / The pleasant hours you spent with me. / Year after year glides swiftly past, / And not one word you've sent to me, / Clouds o'er my sunny path are cast, / My love has crossed the dark blue sea.' This ballad was written by Mr J Macguire of Dundee, and was to be sung to the air 'I'm lonely since my mother died'. It was published at 190 and 192 Overgate, Dundee, probably by the Poet's Box.
All Right Charley
Verse 1: 'I love a young girl, her name's Mary Ann, she livesa few miles out of town; / She's nicer than jam, sweet on her I am, and often I give a call down, / Just to play kissey kiss, with this dear littie miss, that is if there's no one about, / We spoon when we think there is no one to see us, but somebody's certain to shout.' A note below the title states that this ballad was 'Sung by Charles Oswald, with immense success', and that 'This popular song can be had at the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee'.
This ballad begins: 'ALLAN Water's wide and deep, / and my dear Anny's very bonny; / Wides the Straith that lyes above't / if't were mine I'de give it all for Anny.' The text preceeding it reads: 'ALLAN WATER: / OR, A / LOVER / IN/ CAPTIVITY: / A NEW SONG: / Sung with a pleasant New Air.'
Allen and Sally and Banks of Clyde
'Allen and Sally' begins: ''Twas in the evening of a wintry day, / Then just returning from a long campaign'. 'Banks of Clyde' begins: 'When I was young and youth did bloom, / Where fancy led me I did rove'. The sheet was published by John Harkness of Church Street, Preston.
This ballad begins: 'I am a poor stranger, from America I came, / There's no one does know me, nor can tell me my name; / I am a poor stranger, I'll tarry a while, / I have rambled for my darling for many a long mile.' It was published by Robert McIntosh of 96 King Street, Calton, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
This crime report begins: 'An Account of the Trial and Sentence of John Campbell, and William Helm, accused of culpable Homicide, whereby Alexr. Lawson a shearer met his death at Currie.'
This ballad begins: 'The tear fell gently from her eye; / When last we parted from the shore, / My bosom heaved with many a sigh, / To think I might ne'er sae her more.' The text preceeding it reads: 'PRICE ONE PENNY / This Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 190 Overgate, Dundee.'
This report begins: 'A most Wonderful and true Prophecy, which was found in an iron box in a Subterraneous Cavern, near the memorable field of Culloden, and was written three hundred years ago, and contains many Discoveries of what is to take place in various kingdoms of the World betwixt the years 1822 and 1826.' Published by J. Johnstone.