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Battle of Trafalgar
This broadside begins: 'On the 21st of October in Trafalgar bay we lay, / The combined fleets of France and Spain a leaving off we lay, / We cleared away for action like Britons stout and bold, / Resolving if we came up with them we would not be controlled.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Battle on the stair
This ballad begins: 'Says Mrs. Doyle to Mrs. Grant, / You'd better clean the stairs! / Ye've missed yer turn for mony a week, / The neighbours a' did theirs!' This sheet was published by James Kay in Glasgow and could have been purchased for a penny.
This sheet begins with a piece of self promotion: 'This flying scheet can only be had from the Poet, out of his Box, 130 Gallowgate Street, Glasgow. It is one of the finest songs of the day.' The ballad begins: 'Oh, wha hasna heard tell o' blyth Bauldie Buchanan'. and the song is to be sung to the tune 'Knowledge is Power'. It was printed in Glasgow on Saturday, 15th March 1851.
Be Careful in Choosing a Wife
The first verse reads: 'Now all young men that are going to be wed, / Don't be caught like a bird with a small piece of bread / For when you are caught, remember it's for life, / I'd have you be careful in choosing a wife.' This broadside was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Be Mine, Dear Maid, Dumbarton's Bonnie Dell, Amang the Rigs O' Barley and Highland Mary.
The first ballad begins: 'Be mine, dear maid, this faithful heart, / Can never prove untrue'. The second ballad begins: 'There's ne'er a nook in a' the land / That William rules sae well'. The third ballad begins: 'It was upon a Lammas night, / When corn rigs are bonny'. The fourth ballad begins: 'Ye banks, and braes, and streams around, / The Castle o' Montgomery'.
Be Valiant Still, &c.
This ballad begins: 'Be valiant still, be valiant still, / Be stout and great, and valiant still'. The text preceeding the ballad reads: 'A NEW SONG / Much in request. / Being the Advice of an experienced Lady in Martial Affairs, to her Lover a young Soldier. / Tune of, An old Carle to dannten me.'
Verse 1: 'Don't talk to me of pretty girls, of lovely women don't, / I'll never listen to a word, I won't, no that I won't! / There's not a beauty in the land to match my peerless belle; / I'll tell you all about my love, my beautiful, my Nell.' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and could be bought for one penny. It was published on 9th May 1868 by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Beggar Man, The Bonnie Lassie's Plaidie and The Band o' Shearers
The first ballad begins: 'There was an old man cam' o'er the lea, / Wi' mony a fine story unto me'.
The second ballad begins: 'A butcher lad there lived in Crieff, / A bonnie lassie came for to buy some beef'.
The third ballad begins: 'Autumn comes with heather bells, / And bonnie o'er thon mountain dells'.
Belle Brandon, The Beauty of the Valley
This ballad begins: 'Near a tree by the margin of a woodland, / Whose green and leafy boughs sweep the ground / With a path leading to it o'er the prairie, / when silence hung her night garb around.' It was to be sung to its original tune. The broadside was priced at one penny and was published by the Poet's Box on Saturday, 7th October 1865. The town of publication has been obscured.
Bells are a' ringing
Verse 1: 'O cam' ye down frae London, man, / Or cam' ye here yestreen? / Then sit down in the muckle chair, / And tell us what ye?ve seen.'
Betsey of Dundee
This ballad begins: 'You sailors of the nation I pray you give attention, / It is no false invention as you may plainly see, / My parents of this nation they lived by cultivation, / In a rural habitation, near the banks of sweet Dundee.' A woodcut illustration of a young woman decorates the top of this sheet.
Bide Till You be Married Yet
Verse 1: 'WHen I was young, as you are now, / I could have done, as ye can do: / I could have carri'd as high a Brow, / As any other young Man, I trow. / So bide you yet, so bide you yet, / So bide till yon be marri'd yet, / The Half of that will serve you yet, / If once that you were marri'd yet.' The ballad was to be sung 'To its own proper Tune'.
Big Kilmarnock Bonnet
Verse 1: 'Resolved that I wid leave the plough, / I said tae farmer Brown; / The money that I've worked for, / Be kind as put it down. / In Glesca' town at half-past three, / This very day I mean tae be; / I've been ower lang a gawkie in the country.' The ballad was published by the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee. The reference to a railway line into Glasgow dates this ballad to 1831 at the earliest.
Verse 1: 'Oh, white folks, listen unto me, / Oh, Billy Pattison, / The subject of my story I'll tell unto thee, / Don't tell me, don't tell me / The name of my story I'll tell unto thee, / Is oh, Billy Pattison, / The name of my song I'll tell unto thee, / Don't tell me, don't tell me.' This song was to be sung to an 'Original' tune, and was priced at one penny. It was published on Saturday, 10th January 1863, by the Poet's Box, probably in Glasgow.
Bingen on the Rhine
This ballad begins: 'A soldier of the Legion lay dying in Algiers, / There was lack of woman's nursing, there was dearth of woman's tears; / But a comrade stood beside him, while his life-blood ebbed away, / And bent, with pitying glances, to hear what he might say'. The publisher was the Poet's Box, but the town of publication has been obscured. The broadside was published on Saturday, 27th July 1867, priced at one penny.
Bird of the Wilderness (The Skylark)
This ballad begins: 'Bird of the wilderness, / Blithesome and cumberless, / Sweet is thy matin o'er moorland and lea! / Emblem of happiness, / Blest is thy dwelling-place, / Oh, to abide in the desert with thee.' A note below the title states that 'Copies of this extremely popular song can only be had in the Poet's Box', and that the ballad should be sing to an original tune. The sheet was published on the Saturday morning of August 18th, 1868.
This ballad begins: 'O lassie gin ye wad think it right, / To gang wi' me this very night / And cuddle till the morning light / By a the lave unseen, O. . . ' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
Verse 1 begins: 'O Lass gin ye would think it right, / To gang wi' me this very night, / And cuddle till the morning light, / By a' the lave unseen, O'. 'Lave' in this context is the word for 'guillemots', who are renowned for choosing and remaining with only one mate, and 'birken' is the Scots words for 'birch'. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Birks of Aberfeldy
Verse 1: 'Bonnie lassie will ye go, / Will ye go, will ye go, / Bonnie lassie will ye go, / To the birks of Aberfeldy.' Although his name does not appear on the sheet, this ballad was written by Robert Burns.
Birks of Abergeldy
This ballad begins: 'O bonnie Lassie wilt thou go, / Wilt thou go, wilt thou go, / O bonny Lassie wilt thou go, / To the Birks of Abergeldy.' The text preceeding it reads: 'A New Song, / To its own Proper Tune.'
Birth of Young Ned
Verse 1: 'It was on the ninth of November, / Eighteen hundred and forty-one, / Our beautiful Queen you'll remember, / Did behold her first-born son. / All the young ladies of honour, / As they did approach near her bed, / Did praise the great Bountiful Donor, / That rais'd up a Prince called Ned.'
Verse 1: 'There are won'erfu news hae come doun to the town, / The Bill's got a desperate crunt on the crown, / The bishops hae gien't sic a terrible whack, / That the maist o folk think they hae broken its back'. It is to be sung to the air 'The Laird o' Cockpen'. A woodblock of the Royal Coat of Arms adorns the top of the sheet. The sheet was published by G. Caldwell, of Paisley.
Black Cook, or The Doctor Outwitted
Verse 1 begins: 'I will tell you a trick, that was played the other night, / Tis concerning a Doctor that dwells in this town.' There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Black Eyed Susiannah
Verse 1 begins: 'I've been to the east, I've been to the west, / I've been to Indianna'. There is a woodcut illustration above the title, which depicts a black woman holding a basket in front of a landscape with palm trees. This sheet was published by James Li[n]dsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow.
Blackbird and My Name is Duncan Campbell
This broadside contains two separate ballads. The first ballad begins: 'Upon a fair morning for soft recreation, / I heard a fair lady was making her moan, / With sighing and sobbing and sad lamentation, / Saying, my blackbird most royal is flown.'
This ballad begins: 'Will you go to the Highlands, my jewel, with me? / Will you go to the Highlands the flocks for to see? / It is health to my jewel to breathe the sweet air, / And to pull the blackberries in the forest so fair.' A note below the title states that this ballad was to be sung to an original tune. Sold for a penny, a further note below the title states that 'Copies can always be had in the Pos [Poet's] Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow'.
Bleaching Lass of Kelvinhaugh
Verse 1: 'I went out one summer's evening, / To view the banks of sweet Kelvinhaugh: / Twas there I met a wee bleacher lassie, / Her cheeks like roses and her skin like snaw.' This song is to be sung to the tune of 'Lord Bateman's Daughter'. It was published by the Poet's Box of Overgate, Dundee, and cost a penny.
Blockade of Edinburgh Castle; or, Captain Taylor in Livingston's Yards
This ballad begins: 'WHERE wholesom Pot-Herbs flourish all around, / And spring luxuriant from the fertile Ground, / Behind a Bush, whose scanty Leaves afford / A flight Defence, whilst loud the Cannons roar'd, / High o'er his Head, and whistling thro' the Air, / The lethal Bullets fly in [b]lack Despair, / Taylor on the cold Earth extended lay, / And thus himself bemoan'd - O luckless Day.'
Bloody Gardener's Cruelty' or 'The Shepherd's Daughter Betray'd
This ballad begins: 'COME all you constant lovers, and to me lend an ear, / And mind this sad relation, which I do give you here'. There are two woodcuts at the top of this sheet. One which represents a man and a woman, of a rustic nature, and some sort of activity being passed from the sky. The other is a dove of hope carrying an olive branch of peace.
This crime report begins: 'An account of a bloody murder commited on the body of Mary Grier above the Cross glasgow, upon Monday Novr. 8th 1790. By John Henderson her own husband. IT is lamentable to hear of the cruelties committed of late in this Kindom, and especially in Glasgow and its neighbourhood . . .' The broadside carries no publication details.