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The Polyhymnia: being a collection of Poetry, original and selected, by a Society of Gentlemen. Glasgow: John Murdoch, n. d. [1799]. 16mo. Twenty Nos. of eight pages each.
Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border: consisting of historical and romantic ballads, collected in the southern counties of Scotland, with a few of modern date founded upon local tradition. Kelso, 1802, for vols. i. and ii; Edinburgh, 1803, vol. I'll. The final authorized edition of this collection by Sir Walter Scott was edited by J. G. Lockhart,^jid published in 1833.
The Principal Collections of Scottish Ballads are: Jamieson's Popular Ballads and Songs, Edinburgh, 1806; Finlay's 'Scottish Historical and Romantic Ballads, Edinburgh, 1808; Illustrations of Northern Antiquities, Edinburgh, 1814; Gilchrist's Ancient and Modern Scottish Ballads, Edinburgh, 1815; Struther's British Minstrel, Glasgow, 1821 ; Laing's Ancient Popular Poetry of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1824; Laing's The Thistle ofScotland, Aberdeen, 1823; Sharpe's A Ballad Book, Edinburgh, 1823; Maidment's A North Countrie Garland, Edinburgh, 1824 ; Motherwell's Minstrelsy, Ancient and Modern, Glasgow, 1827; Kinloch's Ancient Scottish Ballads, London, 1827 ; Kinloch's The Ballad Book, Edinburgh, 1827; and Maidment's A New Book of Old Ballads, Edinburgh, 1844.
' Select Seotish Songs, Ancient and Modern. With critical observations and biographical notices, by Robert Burns. Edited by R. H. Cromek. London : Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand, by J. McCreery. 1810.' 2 vols. Cr. 8vo. The Notes quoted from Burns in these volumes must be received with caution.
' Illustrations of the Lyric Poetry and Music of Scotland. By the late William Stenhouse. Originally compiled to accompany .the Scots Musical Museum, and now published separately, with additional Notes and Illustrations. William Blackwood & Sons: Edinburgh and London* 1853.' 8vo. About 900 pages. Contains a facsimile Letter of Robert Burns. This Important work on Scottish verse and air was begun prior to the year 1817, was printed at the close of 1820, was delayed and ultimately laid aside until 1839, when it was first published with additional Illustrations and a copious Bibliography of Scottish Music to accompany a new issue of the Scots Musical Museum. Stenhouse had the use of the MSS. of Burns's songs which were printed in the Museum, and he is more to be depended upon as a commentator of Burns than as an historical annotator on music. Althongh his work is .defaced by numberless erroneous dates and quotations which have to be verified, it must be admitted that he was the first investigator of Scottish music; and all who undertake the subject are obliged to refer to his work as a starting-point. His volume contains numerous melodies dispersed in the text.
' The Poems of the Sempills of Beltrees. Now first collected, with Notes and Biographical Notices of their lives. By James Paterson. . . . Edinburgh : Stevenson, 1849.' l2mo.
Musical Memoirs of Scotland. With Historical Annotations and numerous illustrative plates. By Sir John Graham Dalyell. Edinburgh, 1849. 4to.
' Scotish Ballads and Songs. [James Maidment.] Edinburgh : StevenĀ­son, 1859.' 16mo.
' The Dialect of the Southern Counties of Scotland : its pronunciation, grammar, and historical relations. With an appendix on the present limits of