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SONG LITERATURE WITHOUT MUSIC xxix
Society I reprint the verses as follows from the Cude and Godlie Ballatis, Edinburgh, 1897, 222.
' Welcum Fortoun, welcum againe,
The day and hour I may weill blis Thow hes exilit all my paine,
Quhilk to my hart greit plesour is. For I may say that few men may,
Seing of paine I am drest, I haif obtenit all my pay
The love of hir that I lufe best. I knaw nae sic as scho is one,
Sa trew, sa kynde, sa luiffandlie,
Quhat suld I do, an scho war gone 1
Allace I zit I had leuer die. To me scho is baith trew and kynde,
Worthie it war scho had the praisei For na disdaine in hir I find,
I pray to God I may hir pleis. Quhen that I heir hir name exprest,
My hart for Ioy dois loup thairfoir, Abufe all vther I lufe hir best,
Until I die, q'uhat wald scho moir ?'
Bannatyne MS. 1568. In the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh. Compiled in 1568 by George Bannatyne (1545-c. 1606) in a folio containing about 340 pieces and other additional poems by later hands. A complete catalogue is in Memorials of George Bannatyne, Edinburgh, 1829. The whole has been reprinted for the Hunterian Club. Selections are in Ancient Scottish Poems, Edinburgh, 1770 ; and Sibbald's Chronicle of Scottish Poetry, Edinburgh, 1802.
' A handefull of pleasant delites, containing Sundrie new Sonets and delectable Histories, in diuers Kindes of meeter. Newly deuised to the newest tunes that are now in use, to be sung: euerie Sonet orderly pointed to his proper Tune With new additions of Certain Songs, to very lately deuised Notes, not commonly knowen, nor vsed heretofore, By Clement Robinson and diuers others. At London : Richard Jhohes. 1584-' l2mo, pp. 63. Only a unique copy Imperfect is known. Reprinted in Arber's English Scholar's Library, 1878. Of the first edition of 1566 not any portion has been verified. It is the first miscellaneous collection of songs, marked for popular tunes, issued in England.
' Merry Drollery, or a collection of Jovial Poems, Merry Songs, Witty Drolleries. Intermixed with Merry Catches. The first part. Collected by W. N.; C. B.; R. S.; I. G.; London, Printed by I. W. for P. H.;' &c. [1661]. The Second Part with additions in 1671. l2mo.
'Westminster Drollery. Or a choice Collection of the Newest Songs and Poems both at Court and Theaters. By a Person of Quality. With additions. London : Printed for H. Brome at the Gun in St. Paul's Church Yard, &c. 1671.' l2mo.
' S cotch Presbyterian Eloquence Display'd; or, The folly of their teaching discover'd from their Books, Sermons/Prayers, &c. With additions. London, 1694.' . Second edition, 4to.
' A choice Collection of Comic and Serious Soots Poems both ancient and modern. By several hands. Part i. Edinburgh: printed by James Watson. Sold by John Vallange. 1706.' Cr. 8vo. Part ii. in 1709, and Part I'll. in 1711.
This is the first miscellaneous collection of Scottish Secular Poetry published in Scotland. It contains only a few vernacular songs.
' A Collection of Old Ballads corrected from the best and most ancient copies extant. With Introductions historical, critical, or humorous. Illustrated with copper plates. London: printed for J. Roberts,' &c, 1723-5. 16mo. 3 vols.
The Tea-Table Miscellany : a collection of the most Choice Songs, Scots and English. By Allan Ramsay. Edinburgh. 18mo.
Original copies of the several volumes of this work are exceedingly rare. The following are the dates of publication: Vol. i. in 1724; vol. ii. in 1724 or 1725; vol. I'll. in .1727 ; and vol. iv. in 1740. The third volume contains no






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