Scotish Ballads and Songs by James Maidment

Scotish Ballads and Songs

byJames Maidment

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1859 Excerpt: ... INTRODUCTION. The two elegant and popular volumes of Scotish Poetry, which, under the editorial care of Professor Attoun, recently issued from the press, having exhausted the great proportion of our national songs and ballads, the present collection might have been considered unnecessary, had it in any way encroached upon the ground already occupied by our distinguished countryman. But whatever the merits or demerits of the volume may be, the songs and ballads it contains are, with few exceptions, for the first time put together in a collective form. The Young Laird of Logie, Lizzie Baillie, and Macpherson's Rant, are more fully, and, the Editor ventures to think, more correctly printed than heretofore; whilst the AngloScotish version of Gilderoy, from " The Westminster Drollery" of 1680, is singularly curious, as being the earliest printed copy of a ballad in laudation of one of the most horrid villains that ever existed. Yet this wretch is Sir Alexander Halket's "bonny boy, Who had roses till his shoon." and, in our present time, one of the most favourite melo-dramas in the northern metropolis is founded on some imaginary incident in the supposed life of this miscreant, who is represented as a sort of " mirror of chivalry." The late Mr C. K. Sharpe, some two or three years before his demise, suggested that there were numerous ballads, some of more and others of less interest, which merited preservation, as from existing only in the humble guise of broadsides, or chap copies, they usually met with the fate of such ephemeral productions, and were in a short time entirely lost. The Editor having in early youth commenced collections of these evanescent trifles, had amassed a large quantity of garlands, songs, popular histories, and the like. These Mr Shakpe p...

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Title:Scotish Ballads and SongsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217045081

ISBN - 13:9780217045087

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