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Contented Wife and her Satisfied Husband
Verse 1: 'You married people high and low, come listen to my song, / I'll show to you economy and not detain you long, / In this town lived a tradesman, who wished to see all things right, / And to accoant 'a t Monday morn he called his loving wife.' This ballad was published by Muir, but the city and date of publication are not cited.
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.'
Coogate Porter, The Children's Home, Mary, Kind, Kind and Gentle is She, and The Banks of Claudy
The first ballad begins: 'I am a Coogate porter, / And I work baith hard and sair'.
The second ballad begins: 'They played in their beautiful garden, / The children of high degree'.
The third ballad begins: 'Kind, kind, and gentle is she, / Kind is my Mary'.
The fourth ballad begins: 'It was on a summer's morning all in the month of May, / Down by yon flowery garden where Betsy did stray'.
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.
This crime report begins: 'Relative to the Case of these unfortunate young Boys, CHARLES McLAREN, THOMAS GRIERSON, and JAMES McEWAN, who were lately Sentenced to be Executed at Edinburgh, on Wednesday the 12th February, 1823, for Housebreaking and Theft.' The bulk of information for this report was sourced from the 'Edinburgh Weekly Journal'. This sheet was printed in Edinburgh for James McLean.
Coronation of King George IV
This broadside begins: 'Coronation of His Majesty / Which took place at London on Thursday last, the 19th July, 1821, with an account of the non-admittance of the Queen.' It was published by William Carse of Glasgow, and probably sold for one penny.
Correct Account of the Riots Concerning Stealing Dead Bodies
This report begins: 'Correct Account of THE RIOTS concerning Stealing Dead Bodies, in different parts of Glasgow On Saturday and Sunday, the 1st and 2d of March, 1823, with an account of the Dead Bodies, and the Heads, Limbs & pieces of Human Bodies Found.' This sheet was printed by Mayne & Co. who are known to have had premises in Glasgow around this time. A woodcut representing two coffins adorns the top of the sheet.
Corsican Humbled, or Bonaparte's Disasters in Russia
This ballad begins: 'LET Suff'ring Europe lift her head, / Proud Bonaparte is humbled now, / His routed legions fleeing are, / Before brave Gen'ral Kutusow.' A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune of 'Green grow the Rashes O', which was written by Robert Burns in 1783. The sheet was published in 1812 by J. Morren of Edinburgh.
Verse 1: 'Come all you blooming country lads and listen unto me, / And if I do but tell the truth I know you will agree; / It's of the jolly farmers who servants want to have, / For to maintain them in their pride and be to them a slave.' There are no publication details given on this broadside.
Verse 1: 'Come all ye blooming country lads & listen unto me / And if I do but tell the truth, I know you will agree / It's of the jolly farmers, who servants want to have, / For to maintain them in their pride and be to them a slave.' There are no publication details given on this broadside.
Country I'm Leaving Behind
Verse 1: 'My barque leaves the harbour tomorrow, / Across the wide ocean to go, / But, Kitty, my burden of sorrow / Is more than I'd wish you to know. / There's a dreary dark cloud hanging o'er me, / And a mighty big cloud on my mind, / And I think of the prospects before me, / And the country I'm leaving behind.' This ballad was published by the Poet's Box, 190 Overgate, Dundee.
Country I'm Leaving Behind
Verse 1: 'My barque leaves the harbour to-morrow, / Across the wide ocean to go, / Bnt, Kitty, my burden of sorrow, / Is more than I'd wish you to know. / there's a dreary dark cloud hanging o'er / And a mighty big cloud on my mind, / And I think of the prospects before me, / And the country I'm leaving behind.' It was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
Courage and Intrepidity of John McGregor against a shark who had killed his friend
This report begins: 'A most Strange and Wonderful Account of the Courage and Intrepidity of JOHN M'GREGOR, a British Sailor . . . who, when that vessel was lying in Carlile Bay, on seeing a sincere Friend of his, belonging to the same Ship, snapped through the middle by a large Shark . . . jumped into the sea . . . and pursued the veracious [sic] monster.' A note at the bottom states that the sheet was 'Printed for the Booksellers' and sold for 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.
Cradles Empty Babys Gone
This ballad begins: 'Little empty cradle treasured now with care, / Though thy precious burden it has fled, / How me miss the locks of curly golden hair; / Peeping from thy tiny snow-white bed' Below the title we are told that 'This popular song can always be had at the Poet's B 182 Overgate, Dundee'.
Criminal career and death of James Moffat
This report begins: 'Life and Memoirs of James Moffat, who was sentenced at Edinburgh to be Executed, and who died in the Calton Jail, on Wednesday se'ennight, containing an account of his wicked career, and Robberies in Britain and abroad ; also, an account of the terrible agony he experienced before his Death, and in the course of the night, during which his dreadful exclamations terrified those around him ; he was a native of Edinburgh.' The name of the publisher is not included on this sheet.
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'.
Verse 1 begins: 'Come list, ye landsmen unto me, / To tell you the truth I'm bound, / Of what happened me whilst I was at sea'. The text before this reads: 'This most wonderful song came out of the Poet's Box, and can only be had there for the price of One Penny. / AIR - End for End Jack'.
Crook & Plaid
Verse 1: 'If lassies lo'e their laddies, / They should, like me, confess't, / For every lassie has a laddie / she lo'es aboon the rest- / Who is dearer to her bosom / Whatever be his trade. / And through life I lo'e the laddie / That wears the crook and plaid.'
This ballad begins: 'The bairnies cuddle doon at nicht, / Wi' muckle faucht an' din ; / O, try an' sleep ye waukrife rogues, / Your father's comin' in.' The text preceeding it reads: 'This Popular Recitation can always be had at the Poet's Box, 224 Overgate Dundee.'
This ballad begins: 'The bairnies cuddle doon at nicht, / Wi' muckle faucht an' din; / O, try an' sleep ye waukrife rogues, / Your father's comin' in.' In English, 'muckle faucht' means 'a lot of fighting', and 'waukrife' means 'wakeful'. The sheet was published by the Poet's Box of Dundee.
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.
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.
Curious Love Letter
Following on from the title, the report begins: 'From a young Gentleman in this neighbourhood, which was found near this place, this morning, addressed to Miss N.S-, a young lady belonging to this town, which will prove very interesting to the public in general.' Unfortunately, no publication details are included on the sheet.
Curious Love Letter from a Gentleman to a Lady
This sardonic broadside begins: 'MADAM, / The great love and tenderness I have hitherto expressed for you is false. And now I feel that my indifference towards you increases proportionately every day.' The letter was written by W. Geoff to Miss M. Wi[llia]ms. There are no further details attached to the sheet.