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Dialogue between ald John M'Clatchy and Young Willie Ha
This ballad begins: ' THE Meal was dear short shine, / When they were Married together, / Ann Maggy she was in her prime, / When Willy made Courtship till her. / Twa Pistols Charge'd be-guess, / To give the Courtier a Shot, / Ann fine came ban the Lass, / Wee Swats drawn frae the Butt?' This ballad was to be sung 'To an Excellent New Tune', which unfortunately is not given.
Dialogue Between an Old Maiden & Bachelor
The introductory verse reads: 'Madam, Since I've fallen in love with you, I hope you'll 'gree to be my wife; / I'll give you all that you request, and we'll both live a happy life. / No, Sir, an old maiden I shall remain, tho' all the world should me despise - / A married life I should disdain, the truth for none I will disguise.' Although the date of publication is not included, a note at the foot of the sheet states that it was 'Published by W. SMITH, No. 3, Bristo Port', which is an Edinburgh address.
Dialogue Between Death and A Sinner
Verse 1 begins: 'DEATH: "O Sinner ! come by Heaven's decree, / My warrant is to summon thee'. It was supposedly composed by a Sunday school teacher. It was published by James Lindsay of 9 King Street, Glasgow (1852-59), and includes three woodcut illustrations along the top.
Dialogue between his Grace the Duke of Argyle and the Earl of Mar
This ballad begins: 'Argyle and Mar are gone to War / Which hath breed great Confusion / For Church & State they do debate / Through Difference and Division'. A note below the title states that this dialogue was to be sung to a tune called 'the Hare Merchants Rant, &c'. Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Dialogue between the Pillory and Daniel Defoe
This fictional dialogue begins with the pillard saying: 'Awake, thou busie dreamer, and arise, / Shake off th' unwilling slumber from thine eyes.' Defoe replies: 'Hail dread Tribunal! Reverend Machine, / Of awfull phyz, and formidable mein!' No publication details are on the sheet.
Dialogue Betwixt Satan and a Young Man
This ballad begins: SATAN. / WHat Haste! Young Man, why up so soon I' th' Morn? / YOUNG MAN. / My Work is great, and, to do it I'm Sworn. / SATAN. / It is too soon, ly down, and take thy Rest. / YOUNG MAN. / My Work is weighty, and I must not Jest.' The broadside was published in 1716 by John Reid of Pearson's Close in Edinburgh.
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.
Diana Kitty Annie Maria
This ballad begins: ''Twas in the month of June, when the birds were in full tune, / I first met a charming little creature, / Hey eyes they shone as bright as the twinkling stars at night, / And a kind smile played on every feature.' A note below the title states that ' Copies of this highly popular song can only be had in the Poet's Box', and that the sheet cost one penny. A further note mentions that the ballad should be sung to an original tune.
This report begins: 'A true account of a young Lady, a Gentleman's Daughter, who Hanged herself in her own bedroom at Dundee, on Monday last, 28th July, 1823, for the love she bore to a Captain in the Navy who deserted her, with a beautiful and affecting letter which she wrote to him the night before she did the deed.' The broadside was originally published by A. Jones of Dundee, and reprinted in Edinburgh.
Discovery of a Most Shameful and Infamous Den
This news report begins: 'This day is published, the Full Particulars of the Proceedings which have been lately carried on in that Infamous Den in St David's Street, Edinburgh; with the examination of Mr and Mrs Balfour, and 2 young ladies, belonging to that Splendid Establishment?' The publisher of the broadside was Forbes of Edinburgh, and the story was sourced from the Scotsman newspaper.
Discovery of Ancient Relics
This broadside begins: 'A Full, True, and Interesting Account of that Remarkable and Important Discovery made yesterday in taking down the old houses in the Castle-hill, when there was found a box containg several Ancient Coins, a Massy Gold Ring, an old fashioned Dirk, and a Wonderful Prophecy made in the year 1550, respecting great events which are to happen this present year.' It was printed in Edinburgh 'for the Booksellers', and priced at one penny.
Disturbance at Colinton, Edinburgh
This account begins: 'A full and particular account of a remarkable and fearful noise and disturbance, that has continued for above three weeks at a Farmer's house at Sourhole, in the parish of Collington, a few miles south west of Edinburgh.' It was published in Edinburgh by J. Morren, possibly in 1801.
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.'
Verse 1 begins: 'My names Donald Blue, you ken me fu' we'll / And if you be civil I'm a civel chiel'. There are no publication details attached to this sheet. A woodcut of two clasped hands has, however, been included above the title.
Donald o' Dundee
This ballad begins: 'Young Donald is the blythest lad, / That e'er made love to me ; / Whene're he's by my heart is glad, / He seems so gay and free'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box, who operated out of 182 Overgate, Dundee.
Donald of Dundee
Verse 1 begins: 'YOUNG Donald is the blithest lad / That e'er made love to me'. It was published by Pitts of 6 Great St Andrew Street, London. Above the title a crude woodcut of a well-dressed lady holding a long curly wig has been included.
Donald's Farewell to Lochaber
Verse 1: 'Farewell to Lochaber, and farewell my Jean, / Where heartsome with thee I hae monie days been; / For Lochaber no more, Lochaber no more, / We'll maybe return to Lochaber no more.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Donald's Return to Glencoe
This ballad begins: 'As I was walking one evening of late, / When Flora's gay mantle the fields decorate, / I carelessly wandered where I did not know, / On the banks of a fountain that lies in Glencoe.' Two woodcut illustrations decorate this sheet, one of a man and a woman in a rural setting and the other of a young woman on her own.
Donald's Return To Glencoe and 'Scotland Yet
The first ballad begins: 'As I was walking one evening of late, / When Flora's green mantle the field decorate, / I carelessly wandered, where I did not know, / On the banks of a fountain that lies in Glencoe.' This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow.
Donnelly and Cooper, Silver bells and Larboard Watch
The first ballad begins: 'Come all you true-born Irishmen wherever ye be, / I pray you give attention, and listen unto me'. This song is given the greatest space and boldest print on the sheet and so must have been given more precedence.
Don't Let Us Be Strangers
Verse 1: 'I hate to be unsociable with anyone I meet, / I like someone to chatter to me when I sit down to eat / And if I have to go by train a mile or two away, / Unto my fellow passenger I?m pretty sure to say . . .' Below the title we are told that, 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate, Dundee'.
Don't Sit Down and Grumble
Verse 1: 'There's people in this world, who though, / Possessed of strength and health; / Will sit and sigh and grumble, / Because they have not wealth; / Instiad of trying to win it, / They're time they wile away, / When people such as these I meet, / To them these words I say.' This song was written, composed and sung by Tom Glen, and published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.
Dooley Fitba' Club
This ballad begins: 'Noo ye a' ken my big brither Jock, / His richt name is Johnny Shaw, / We'll he's lately jined a fitba' club, / For he's daft aboot fitba'.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Written by JAMES CURRIN. Sung by J.C. M'Donald.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.
Dooley Fitba' Club
The first verse begins: 'Noo ye a' ken my big brither Jock, / His richt name is Johnny Shaw, / We'll he's lately jined a fitba' club, / For he's daft aboot fitba'. It was written by James Currin and sung by J.C. McDonald, and could be purchased from the Poet's Box, Overgate, Dundee.
Verse 1 begins: 'One Paddy Doyle lived near Killearney, / He courted a maid called Biddy Toole'.
Dowie Dens o' Yarrow
The first verse reads: 'Late at e'en, drinking the wine, / And ere they paid the lawing, / They set a combat them between, / To fight it in the dawing.' This broadside includes decorative detail around the title, and a small illustration of a sailing vessel after the last verse.
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.