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Bonny Bruicked Lassie she's Blew Beneath the Eye
This ballad begins: 'Down by yon River side, / where early falls the Dew, / Betwixt my Love and I, / there were kind Kisses anew.'
Verse 1: 'I who was once a day Courted by many, / Now am most scornfully Slighted by thee; / Others some reason had, thou ner'e had any, / Returning with Disdain my Court[e]sie: Slave to Affection and thy sweet Complection, / Thus far have I been but no longer shall be; / A rash Election, goes not by Direction, / Of the weak Feminine Amorous we.'
Bonny Gray-ey'd Morn; or, Jockie Rouz'd with Love
This ballad begins: 'THe bonny Gray-ey'd Morn began for to peep / when Jockie rouz'd with Love came blithly on; / And I who wishing lay depriv'd of Sleep, / abhor'd the lazy hours that flow did run.' It was to be sung 'To an excellent new Tune'.
This ballad begins: 'ON Atrick side in Yarrow, / a place pleasant and fair, / I thought on bonny Helen'. The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'A New Song. / To the Tune of the Yellow Haird Ladie.'
Bonny Jean of Aberdeen
The first verse reads: 'My Bonny Jean long have I been, / a seeking thee from Morn to Ev'n, / Thy boony [sic] Face so full of Grace, / thy like is not in Aberdeen.' It was advertised as an excellent new song and probably sold for one penny. Unfortunately, no publication details have been included on this sheet.
Bonny Lad of High Renown
This ballad begins: 'Whom to shall I make my Adress? / or whom to shall I mak my Moan? / the bonny Lad that I Lov'd best, / an other is come and tane him me from.' The text preceeding it reads: 'An Excellent New Song / INTITULED / A Bonny LAD of High Renown / To its own proper Tune.'
Bonny Lass of Branksome
This ballad begins: 'As I came in by Tiviot side / and by the braes of Branksome, / There met I with a pretty Lass, / that was both neat and handsome: / If that her mother say me nay / then with the Daughter will I play, / Whether that she will or nay / have at the bonny Lassie.'
Bonny Mary of Argyle
This ballad begins: 'I have heard the mavis singing, / Its love song to the morn, / I have seen the dew-drop clinging / To the rose just newly born'. The sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow. A woodcut of a woman walking along a country lane carrying a basket in each arm and a birdcage on her head, decorates the top of the sheet.
Bonny Mary of Argyle
Verse 1 begins: 'I have heard the mavis singing / Its love song to the morn'. This sheet was published by James Lindsay of 11 King Street, Glasgow. Included above the title is a clear and detailed image of country girl crossing a stream.
This ballad begins: 'As I went out to my cot, at the close of the day, / About the beginning of June, / By a jessamine shade, I spy'd a fair maid, / And she sadly complain'd to the moon.' It was printed by T. Birt of Great St Andrew Street, London, and includes an advertisement.
Bonny Nelly Brown
Verse 1: 'Bonny Nelly Brown, I will sing a song to thee, / Tho' oceans wide between us roar, ye'll aye be dear to me, / Tho' mony a year's gane o'er my head, since down in Linton's dell, / I took my last fond look o' thee, my ain dear Nell.'
Bonny Wood o' Craigielee and Row Weel, My Boatie
The first ballad begins: 'Thou boony wood o' Craigielee, / Thou bonny wood o' Craigielee'. A woodcut showing three men searching in a tree has been included at the top of the sheet.
Books of the Bible, a Literary Curiosity
This ballad begins: 'In Genesis the world was made by God's creative hand; / In Exodus the Hebrews marched to gain the Promised Land. / Leviticus contains the law - holy, and just, and good; / Numbers records the tribes enrolled - all sons of Abraham?s blood.' The sheet was published by L. Macartney at the The Poet?s Box, 184 Overgate, Dundee. Its date of publication is not included.
Bottom He Cam' Here to Woo. An Excellent New Song
This political ballad begins: 'Bottom he cam' here to woo, / Ha, ha, the wooing o't; / Wi' him cam' the auld Whig crew, / Ha, ha, the wooing o't'. A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the air, 'Duncan Gray'. Although there are no publication details included on this sheet, the political context referred to suggests that it was most likely published in Edinburgh during the 1830s.
Boxing match between Robinson and Crosbie
This sports round-up begins: 'A Full, True and Particular Account of the GREAT BATTLE fought by ROBINSON and CROSBIE, in a field near West Craigs, on Saturday last, the 11th day of June 1825, for 200 Sovereigns'. This sheet was published by Alexander Turnbull and would have sold for a penny.
Boy In Blue
This ballad begins: 'Cheer up, cheer up, my mother dear, / O why do you sit and weep? / Do you think that He who guards me here / Forsakes me on the deep?' The name of the publisher is not included and the sheet is not dated.
Boy in Blue
Verse 1: 'Cheer up, cheer up, my mother dear, / O, why do you sit and weep? / Do you think that He who guides me here / Forsakes me on the deep? / Let hope and faith illume glance / That sees the bark set sail; / Look, look at her now and see her dance. / O, why do you turn so pale? / 'Tis an English ship and an English crew, / So mother be proud of your boy in blue.'
Boy in blue
This ballad begins: 'Cheer up, cheer up, my mother dear/ O why do you sit and weep/Do you think that he who guards me here/Forsakes me on the deep'. The sheet is undated and there are no publications details.
Bra' Lass Will Ye Gang to North Highlands, Wi' Me
The ballad begins: 'It is down in yon meadow, and there I did see. / A bonnie wee lassie that dazzled my Eee'. The woodcut at the top of this sheet is unusually detailed and expressive for broadside publications. A uniformed man is kneeling at the feet of a well-dressed and veiled woman, both characters appear to be in emotional turmoil.
Braes o' Balquhither
Verse 1 begins: 'Let us go, lassie, go / To the braes o' Balquhither, / Where the blae-berries grow, / 'Mang the bonny Highland heather'. The top of the sheet carries a woodcut of a bird singing in a branch. In the background are two cottages, in a stylised rural setting.
Braes o' Gleniffer and Henry and Nancy, or, The Lover's Separation
'The Braes o' Gleniffer' begins: 'KEEN blaws the wind, / O'er the braes O' Gleniffer'. 'Henry and Nancy' begins: 'As I walked out one morning in the spring time of the year, / I overheard a sailor bold, likewise a lady fair'. The sheet was published by Harkness of Church Street in Preston. The author of 'The Braes o' Gleniffer' is given as Tannahill.
Braes of Birnibouzle
This ballad begins: 'WILL ye gang wi' me Lassie, / To the braes of Birnibouzle / Baith the earth and sea Lassie / Will I rob to feed thee / I'll hunt the otter and the brook'. It was published by J. Pitts of Great St Andrew Street, possibly London, and includes a woodcut illustration of a well-dressed man standing next to a window.
Braes of Strathblane
Verse 1 begins: 'As I went a walking one morning in May, / Down by yon green meadows I carelessly did stray'. There is a woodcut included above the song which features a happy young couple, quite sprucely dressed, talking together. There are no publication details given, but this is one of two songs - printed by James Lindsay - on this sheet.
Braes of Yarrow
The ballad begins: 'Busk ye, busk ye, my bonnie, bonnie bride! / Busk ye, busk ye, my winsome marrow! / Busk ye, busk ye, my bonnie, bonnie bride, / And think nae mair of the braes of Yarrow.' 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 Poet's Box, 80 London Street, Glasgow'. Strangely, however, to the left of this scored-out Glasgow address, the address of the Poet's Box in Dundee has been stamped on the sheet. A footnote affirms that the sheet was published on Saturday the 2nd of July, 1870.
This ballad begins: 'You may claver of England, her powers and her might, / Her calmness in peace and her fierceness in fight, / Yet our braw 93rd some notice demand / Her chiel's frae the Highlands aye prove Scotland can'. To 'claver' means 'to gossip', and 'chiel' is Scots for a 'young man'. The sheet was published in Dundee by the Poet's Box. It cost a penny.
Bride and bridegroom
This broadside begins: 'An Excellent New BALLAD Concerning a Bridegroom and his Bride, who were lately married at Borrowstounness, giving a full and true Account of their Behaviour, and of the Bridegroom's running away from the Bride the same Night, without bedding with her. The ballad is sung to the tune of 'Sheriff-Moor' and begins: 'NOW if you'l but stay, I'll tell you the Way, / It's how the Bridgeroom ran awa-- Man'.
This ballad begins: 'Good people all of Glasgow, pray listen unto me, / Whilst I relate this woeful tale and mournful tragedy; / 'Tis of a fair and handsome girl, in Bridgeton she did dwell, / She was her parents sole delight, her comrades loved her well.' It was advertised as a new song and includes a woodcut illustration of a small leprechaun-like figure reading a book.
Brigadier M'Intosh farewel to the Highlands
This ballad begins: 'M'Intosh is a Soldier brave, / and of his Friends he took his leave'. The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'To an excellent new Tune.' A poor quality woodcut of a charging highlander has been included at the top of the page.
Brigadier Mintosh's Farewell to the Highlands
The ballad begins: 'M'Intosh is a Soldier brave, / and of his friends he took his leave, / Unto Northumberland he drew.' The text preceeding this ballad reads: 'To an excellent new TUNE'.
Bright New Year
This ballad begins: 'The Old Year's pass'd and gone the bright New Year has come' / And it may each of us find it bright in every home.' The text preceeding it reads: 'Written Compose and Sung with great Success by HARRY WALL. Comic Comidean Vocalist. / This Song must not be sung by Professional's without permission of the Aurthor.' This sheet was published by the Poet's Box, Dundee.