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Collection of eighty street ballads: Buy A Broom

Collection of eighty street ballads on forty sheets, mostly with a woodcut printed at London, the majority by J. Catnach (1820­1830). London: n.p., n.d.

University of Minnesota Libraries. WILSON Rare Books Quarto 820.1 C683.

Pasted to album leaf 8: broadside containing "The Battle Field," "Mary's Love," and "Answer to my Heart and Lute" (all in the left column); and "Blue Bonnets over the Border" and "Buy A Broom" (right column).



Buy a Broom

FROM Teutchland I came with my light wares all laden,
   To dear happy England in summer's gay bloom
Then listen fair Lady, and young pretty maiden,
   Oh! buy of the wand'ring Bavarian, a Broom,
Buy a broom, buy a Broom, (SPOKEN) buy a Broom
   Oh! buy of the wand'ring Bavarian a Broom,

To brush away insects that sometimes annoy you,
   You'll find it quite handy to use night and day,
And what better exercise pray can employ you,
   Than to sweep all vexatious intruders away,
Ere winter comes on for sweet home departing,
   My toils for your favor again I'll resume,
And while gratitude's tears in my eye-lids are starting,
   Bless the time that in England I cried buy a Broom<.>

   (SPOKEN) ó Yes I shall go back to my own country, and tell them there that I sold all my wares in England, singing,

O' m<ei>n lieber Augustin, Augustin, Augustin,
O' m<ei>n lieber Augusti<n>, Alles i<st> weg,
   Book i<st> weg, Stock i<st> weg,
Auch ich bin in dem Dreck,
O' m<ei>n lieber Augustin Alles i<st> weg.

Printed by J. CATNACH, 2 Monmouth-C<o>u<r>t, 7 D<ials>



Transcription and HTML by Brett Single.
Pointed brackets mark conjectural readings and emendations.


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Michael Hancher
Department of English, University of Minnesota
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Created 30 April 1997


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