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Verse 1: 'Now here we're met to tak our glass, / And a' our party-jars suppress, / An' wi' ae mouth a' to confess, / That we like dainty Geordie.' This ballad was sung to the tune of 'Dainty Davie', written by Robert Burns.
This ballad begins: 'In the art of dancing / Greatly I excel, / It has a power entrancing / On this agile swell.' It was originally published in 1866 by the Poet's Box, of 80 London Street, Glasgow, although this address has been crudely obscured. It cost a penny to buy.
This sheet begins: 'A copy of a Love Letter from a Dandy Clerk, in this city, to a well-known Mauntamaker, wherein he depones by his beben tuckers, (which he declares to be of the finest cambric) that he loves her above all the Rules of Arithmetic.' The letter is signed 'John Slink' and the sheet carries a woodcut illustration of an idyllic landscape.
Verse 1 begins: 'Ye braw decenent women I?ll sing ye a song, / Of the wit of the auld and the pride of the young'. There are no further details attached to this publication.
Daring Slack Wire
This ballad begins: 'Good evening, my friends, I'll have you to know / I went to a circus a short time ago ; / When in my box, gazing all about, / Some fellow by my side like a bear shouted out--- / Look where she goes, / My own Sophia, / Swinging, by Jove, / On the daring slack wire.' It was published on April 4th 1874.
Verse 1 begins: 'As evening dashed on the western shore, / Caledonia stood perched on the waves of the Clyde; / Her arms wide extended she raised with devotion, / "My poor bleeding country" she vehemently cried'.
Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
Verse 1 begins: 'When first in Glasgow I arrived, the truth I will unfold, / I had a pocketbook with me, well filled with notes and gold'. There is a woodcut of a black woman, holding a basket standing in front of a palm tree.
Dark Girl Dressed in Blue
This ballad begins: 'When first in Glasgow I arrived, the truth I will unfold, / I had a pocketbook with me, well filled with notes and gold'. A woodcut of a black woman carrying a basket and wearing European dress illustrates the top of the sheet. She is in a tropical setting as there is a palm tree behind her.
Dark-hair'd Girl and The Moon
'The Dark-hair'd Girl' begins: 'Oh, my dark-hair'd girl, your ringlets deck / In silken curls your graceful neck; / Your neck is like the swan, and pure as the pearl, / And diamonds are thy eyes, Oh, my dark-hair'd girl.'
Darlin' Old Stick and Loch Katrine Water
'Darlin' Old Stick' begins: 'My name is bold Morgan M'Carthy, from Trim, / My relations all dead, except one brother Jim'. 'Loch Katrine Water' begins: 'The brave highland chieftains went forth hand in hand, / For to welcome their Queen at the head of their clan'. The author of 'Loch Katrine Water' is given as 'JOHN WILSON, Ballad-Singer', and the poem is dedicated to 'Her Majesty'. The sheet carries no date or publication details.
Day wi' the Rabbits at West Preston, Kirkbean
Verse 1: 'A Blackbird, a Craw, a Swan, and a Lamb / Ae day wi' the Forrester met on the Sands ; / Says the yin to the ither, "the rabbits are thrang ; / "Could we no' get a day to gie them a bang?".' A chain-detail decorative border has been included on the sheet to increase its preceived value.
Deadly Groans of the Whisky Stills
This comic broadside begins: 'The DEADLY GROANS of the WHISKY STILLS: who were condemned to suffer Martyrdom on the 17th of thei spresent month of July 1795, for the horrid and bloody murder of starving above 200,000 professed Christians in this island. With the sorrowful lamentation of all the Dram-Drinkers.' There are no publication details included.
Dear Old pal
This ballad begins: 'I like to meet with dear old pals, / Wherever I may be, / I like a song, a pipe and glass, / And jovial company.' The text preceeding it reads: 'NEW YEAR'S SONG 1899 / Written expressly for the Poet's Box / [title] / Copies of this New and Popular Song can always be had at the Poet's Box, 10 Hunter Street, Dundee.'
Death and the Lady
Verse 1 'DEATH?Fair lady, lay your costly robes aside, / No longer may you glory in your pride; / Take leave of all your carnal vain delight, / I'm come to summons you away tonight.' The poem is prefaced by stern quotes from the bible that include 'She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth' (Timothy, verse 6) and 'Tremble, ye women that are at ease' (Isaiah).
Death of Abercrombie and Workhouse Boy
The first ballad begins: 'RECITATIVE. / Twas on the spot, in ancient lore oft nam'd, / Where Isis and Osiris once held sway / O'er kings who sleep in pyramidic pride'.
Death of Bonaparte
This report begins: 'Official acconnt of the Death of Bonaparte, who departed this life on Saturday the 5th day of May last, in the Isle of St. Helena with a particular account of the Causes of his Death. Taken from this Morning's London Paper.' Although no publication date has been included, this broadside was most likely printed the same year as Bonaparte's demise - 1821.
Death of Dr Livingstone
This ballad begins: 'Since making songs is all the rage I thought I'd try my hand / And bring before you something new, but you must understand.' It should be sung to its original tune. This sheet was published by the Poet's Box, Glasgow and would have sold for a penny a sheet.
Death of Gen. Gordon
Verse 1: 'Across the vast Soudan was borne, / While England bowed her head, / The words which thrilled each British heart, / "Our mighty hero s dead." / With bated breath we heard that praise, / Which buries hope - "too late!" / For honour! General Gordon lived - / For honour met his fate.' Given the subject matter of this ballad, it is likely that the sheet was published around 1885.
Death of John Halden
This crime report begins: 'A / Faithful NARRATIVE / OF / The Circumstances of the Cruelty committed upon the Body of John Halden in the Abbay of Holy-Rood-House, on Tuesday the 7th of April Instant, who died the next day.' No further dates are given and there is no publisher's name included.
Death of Margaret Thompson
This crime report begins: 'A full and particular Account of a most lamentable Dispute, that took place between Margaret Thompson and John Con, a Coal-driver, at Elderslie, near Paisley, during which he stabbed the uunfortunate Woman, who was pregnant, with a poker, of which wound she died, and he is now a Prisoner in Paisley Jail.'
Death-Bed Confessions of Jean Simpson
This moral text begins: 'A respectable Midwife, who died in Falkirk, under severe suffering from the loss of the use of her limbs, but more especially the pangs of a guilty conscience'. The midwife, Simpson, it is recounted, died on Tuesday 27th July, 1841. This broadside was printed by Saunders.
Defence of Scotland
Verse 1 begins: 'AULD ROBIN he came frae the town, / An' a frighten'd man was he'. The text preceding this reads: 'FROM THE CALEDONIAN MERCURY, AUGUST 4, 1803. / TUNE - "I hae been Courting at a Lass".'
Deil's Boolin' Match on Montrose Green
Verse 1 begins: 'The nicht was dismal, dark, and drear, / Nae lichtsome star did e'er appear / To gie the worthy burghers cheer / In Auld Montrose'. The poem is initialled 'R.D.M.' and decorative woodcut borders have been included on the sheet.
Dempsters Apprehension and Confession
This crime report begins: 'A Full and Particular Account of the Apprehension of Robert Dempster, junior, Slater in Cupar of Fife, accused of the Murder of M'DONALD, a Flax-Dresser, with his slate-hammer, on the High Road between Craigrothie and Wemyss Hall Gate, a few weeks ago, and who is now lodged in Cupar Jail, having been Apprehended at Doune, on Monday Evening the 25th October 1830.'
Dempster's Apprehension and Confession
This account begins: 'A Full and particular Account the Apprehension of Robert Dempster, junior, Slater in Cupar of Fife, accused of the murder of McDONALD, a Flax-Dresser, with his slate-hammer, on the High Road between Craigrothie and Wemyss Hall Gate, a few weeks ago, and who is now lodged in Cupar Jail, having been Apprehended at Doune, on Monday Evening the 25th October 1830.'
Description of a Kirk Treasurer. Or an Elegie on John Couper
This memorial notice begins: 'CURST Judas did this Office first begin / He, bare the Bag, and kept what was therein'.
This satirical story begins: 'An Accouut of a Most DESPERATE BATTLE, which took place on the 13th of April, 1824, between the clans of two Chieftains, between Auchterarder and Fosswell, the Battle was for a long while doubtfull, till the two generals encountered each other'. This story was sourced from the 'Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle' on Wednesday 5th May, 1824.
Destruction of Abercrombie!
This ballad begins: 'ABERCROMBIE came down like a wolf on the fold, / And his pockets were furnish'd with Devonshire gold; / And his pale senseless face was as fearful to see, / As the dark troubl'd wave on the deep Galilee.'
Destruction of Abercrombie!
Verse 1 begins: 'ABERCROMBIE came down like a wolf on the fold, / And his pockets were furnish'd with Devonshire gold'. There is a hand-written note dating this sheet to the 9th July 1832. There is also a woodcut of a well-dressed but merry gentleman straddling a barrel of beer in a cellar.
Dialogue between a married man and a young woman
This broadside begins: 'A MARRIED MAN CAUGHT IN A TRAP, OR, THE LOVER'S Detected A LAUGHABLE DIALOGUE. Which took place in a Railway Carriage, between a Married Gentleman, and a Young Lady of this Town, which was overheard by a gentleman, who immediately committed the same to writing.' Included at the top of the sheet is an illustration of a young woman, and a man on bended knee.