Collection of eighty street ballads on forty
sheets, mostly with a woodcut printed at London, the majority by J. Catnach
(1820–1830). London: n.p., n.d.
<Image: wood engraving showing two lovers half reclining against a fragment of a wall overgrown with vegetation; a building and trees in the background to the left.>
Come, come bonnie lassie, cried Sandy away,
Stay, stay bonnie laddie, I answered with s<pe>ed,
"List, list, cried he lassie," and mind what you do
Fie! fie! bonnie laddie, replied I again,
Then a good-bye bonnie lassie, says he,
Stay, stay bonnie laddie, said I with a smile,
Basic transcription by Kirsten Culler, who also supplied the following information. Pointed brackets mark emendations.
No printer is named on the broadside, and the ballad is not listed in Catnach's Catalogue (1832). At least two other versions were published. One, in the ballad collection of the British Museum, is reproduced in the microfilm collection Popular Literature in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Britain, part 2: there James Catnach is named as the printer. Aside from slight variations in spelling and punctuation, and a few differences in wording, that version is nearly identical to the one reported here. However, an unusual difference is the use, in the British Museum version, of small superscript numerals instead of apostrophe marks (three instances).
A third version is reproduced by Peter W. Carnell in Ballads in the Charles Harding Firth Collection of the University of Sheffield: A Descriptive Catalogue with Indexes (Sheffield, Eng.: University of Sheffield Printing Unit, 1979); there John Harkness is identified as the printer. The Sheffield version shares some features with both of the other versions reported here; the spelling more closely resembles that of the Minnesota version. The woodcut, however, is different, showing a man (playing a pipe of some kind) and a woman, both standing in front of a cottage.
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