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listen with pleasure to tunes that they know, and can join with in the chorus. Say that our way is only an barmonious Speaking of merry, witty, or soft thoughts, after the poet bas dress’d them in four or five stanzas ; yet undoubtedly these must relish best with people, who have not bestowed much of their time in acquiring a taste for that downright perfeet mufick, which requires none, or very little of the poet's afstance.
MY being well assured, how acceptable new words to known good tunes would prove, engaged me to the making verses for above fixty of tbem, in this and the second volume : about tbirty more were done by some ingenious young gentlemen, who were so well pleased with my undertaking, that they generously lent me their afijtance ; and to them the lovers of sense and mufick are obliged for fome of the best songs in the collection. The rest are such old verses as bave been done time out of mind, and only wanted to be cleared from i be dross of blundering transcribers and printers; such as, The Gaberlunzie man, Muirland Willy, &c. that claim their place in our collection, for their merry images of the low character. THIS eleventh edition in a few years,
and the general demand for the book by persons of all ranks, wherever our language is understood, is a sure evidence of its being acceptable. My
worthy friend, Dr. Bannerman tells me from America,
Nor only do your lays o'er Britain flow.
FROM this and the following volume, Mr. Thomson (who is allowed by all, to be a good teacher and singer of Scots Songs) cullid bis Orpheus Caledonius, the musick for both the voice and fute, and the words of the songs finely engraven in a folio book, for the use of perfonis of the highest quality in Britain, and dedicated to the late Queen. This, by the by, I thought proper to intimate, and do my self that justice which the publisher neglected; since be ought to have acquainted bis illustrious list of subscribers, that the most of the songs were mine, the musick abstracted.
IN my compositions and colle&tions, I have kept out all smut and ribaldry, that the modest voice and ear of the fair singer might meet will no affront; the chief bent of all my studies being, to gain their good graces : and it Sall always be my care, to ward off these frowns that would prove mortal to my muse.
Now little books, go your ways ; be assured
In hopes of this, fearless of coming age,
I ll smile thro’ life; and when for rhime renown'd,
And sleep beneath a flow'ry turf full found.
I N D E X.
Beginning with the first Letter of every Song.
The SONGS mark'd C, D, H, L, M, O, &c. are nevi
Words by different Hands ; X, the Authors unknown ;
H, Chloe, thou treasure, thou joy, &c.
34 A lovely lass to a friar came
Ah, Cloris, cou'd I now but fit
64 At Polwart on the green
65 As walking forth to view the plain
60 Ah! why chose tears in Nelly's eyes
88 Ah! the shepherd's mournful fate
89 As I went forth to view the spring
98 Adieu for a while
green plains An I'll away to bonny Tweed fide As early I walk'd on the firit of sweet May 164 Altho' I be but a country lass
169 As I sat at my spinning wheel
171 Adieu the pleasant sports and plays
175 A 6
A southland Jenny that was right bonny
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