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"ELIBANKS AND ELIBRAES."-That Burns tried his hand at purifying this old obscene song, we know from his letter to Ainslie of date November, 1791. He there says:—“ I began 'Elibanks and Elibraes,' but the stanzas fell unenjoyed and unfinished from my listless tongue." Has anyone ever heard of the following version?—
"O! Elibanks and Elibraes,
My blessings aye befa' them;
"The rushy howe ayont the knowe,
O! weel I mind the happy night,
The full moon shone sae cheerie ;
Bright be the broom on Elibraes,
On Elibanks the gowan,
An' clusterin' thick the nits and slaes
And hangin' red the rowan !
It's up the bank and down the brae,
And when the e'enin' crowns the day,
We have seen fragments, but never a complete version.-[P.]
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY.-It has been suggested that the "Biographical Summary" at the beginning of the present volume be stereotyped for handy reference in succeeding numbers. The Editor invites expressions of opinion on the point.
BY JOHN MUIR.
N our First Volume it was stated, with reference to the Bibliography, that Mr. Barrett of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, had looked over the proofs. By an unlucky omission, caused through pressure of time, these were not sent him for revisal, a task he had kindly undertaken to perform. We are sorry that this mistake should have occurred as Mr Barrett is thus, in a manner, held responsible for some errors in the typography and arrangement of our Bibliography.
The compiler has taken Mr. Gibson's Bibliography for a basis. He acknowledges assistance rendered by Mr. John P. Anderson of the British Museum; Signor Ulisse Ortensi; Professor Sladek; Dr. Legerlotz; Mr. James Kennedy, Glasgow, to whom the compiler is under especial obligations; the officials of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, especially Mr. Ingram, for giving him ready access to books. To each of these gentlemen he returns his sincerest thanks.
THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS, THE AYRSHIRE BARD: including all the Pieces originally published by Dr. Currie; with various Additions. A New Edition, with an enlarged and corrected Glossary, and a Biographical Sketch of the Author. [8vo.]
"Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,
My muse tho' hamely in attire,
London: JONES & COMPANY. 1823. THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS, THE AYRSHIRE BARD: including all the Pieces originally published by Dr. Currie; with various Additions. A New Edition, with an enlarged and corrected Glossary, and a Biographical Sketch of the Author. [8vo.]
"Gie me ae spark o' Nature's fire,
That's a' the learning I desire;
Then tho' I drudge thro' dub an' mire
My muse tho' hamely in attire,
May touch the heart."
London: JONES & COMPANY. 1827.
THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS, with his Life, Critique, Glossary, etc. [12mo.]
London: JOSEPH SMITH. 1836.
NAGRA DIKTER AF ROBERT BURNS. Ofversattning. [8vo.] Stockholm: KLEMMINGS ANTIQUARIAT.
Translation into Swedish, by G. M. O. Elizabeth Retzins. THE COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS, with an original Memoir. By William Gunnyon. [8vo.]
Edinburgh: WILLIAM P. NIMMO & Co. 1883.
CHOICE SELECTION OF BURNS'S POEMS: Tam o' Shanter, Cottar's Saturday Night, Dr Hornbook, etc., etc.
Glasgow: ROBERT GRAHAM. 1887.
THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS; Born 25th January, 1759, Died, 21st July, 1796. Issued gratis as a Supplement to Scottish Nights, January, 1888.
Glasgow: MACLAREN & SON. [1888.]
ROBERT BURNS' GEDICHTE IN AUSWAHL. Deutsch von Gustav Legerlotz. [Svo].
Leipzig: OTTO SPAMER. 1889.
German translation (selected) by Dr. Legerlotz. See also Burnsiana under 1882 and 1884.
THE WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS.
London: WILLIAM PATERSON & Co. 1891. This Edition of the Works of Robert Burns, in Six Volumes Octavo, is limited to Five Hundred Copies. Signed, William Paterson & Co. THE KILMARNOCK EDITION OF THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS, arranged in Chronological order, with New Annotations, Biographical Notices, etc. Edited by the late William Scott Douglas. Two Volumes in One. Eighth Edition. [8vo.] Kilmarnock: D. BROWN & Co. 1891. ROBERT BURNS: Vybor z Pisni a Ballad. Prelozil Jos. V. Sladek. [8vo.]
Praze NAKLADATELSTVI J. OTTO KNIHTISKARNA. Svazek 12. Sbornik Svetone Poesie Vydava Ceska Akademie Cisare Frantiska Josefa Pro. Vedy, Slovesnost a Umeni. Rocknik II. Trida IV. Cislo 6.
The last paragraph of the preface contains this reference to Mr Edmond Gosse, and Mr John Muir, of the Burns Chronicle:-Za pratelskou pomoc, ktere se mi ochotne dostalo z Anglice od basnika Ed. W. Gosse a vydavatele "Burnsovy Kroniky" pana Johna Muira z Kilmarnocku. Vzdavam vrele diky.
The above work is a rendering of Burns into Cech (the language of Bohemia); the first Slavonic language into which the works of Burns have been translated. The translator is Professor Sladek, the Bohemian lyrical poet, whose "Mickiewicz: Konrad Wallenrod," forms number 2 of the same series as this Burns volume. M. Sladek's last work, "Ceske Pisne" (National Lyrics), is "Dedicated to John Muir, the Pioneer of Bohemia's cause in Scotland." See also Burnsiana under 1891. SONGS OF BURNS. [48mo.] No date or publisher's name.
SONGS OF BURNS. No date or publisher's name.
Price One Penny.
KÖHLER'S MUSICAL STAR.
"" "THE JOLLY BEGGARS: A
Cantata by Burns, Set to Music by Sir Henry R. Bishop. Edited by James Yorkston.
Edinburgh: ERNEST KÖHLER & SON. N.D. THE POETICAL WORKS OF ROBERT BURNS, with Memoir, Prefatory Notes, and a Complete Marginal Glossary. Edited by John and Angus Macpherson. With Portrait and Illustrations. [8vo.] London: HAMILTON, ADAMS & Co. N.D.
ZATERDAGAVOND OP HET LAND. VRIJ BEWERKT NAAR, ROBERT BURNS, door Pol de Mont. [Quarto.]
Amsterdam: S. WARENDORF, JR. N.D.
Contains-The Cottar's Saturday Night translated into Dutch. Illustrated.
ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY SONGS OF BURNS.
Glasgow: THE ENTERPRISE PUBLISHING Co. N.D.
POEMS CHIEFLY IN THE SCOTTISH DIALECT, by David Montrose DAVID BUCHANAN. 1790.
Contains-The Deil's Reply.
A WALK TO THE FALLS OF CLYDE. A walk from the town of Lanark to the Falls of Clyde, on a Summer Afternoon. Glasgow: R. CHAPMAN. 1816. Contains-Written for the Anniversary of Robert Burns; On the same occasion, 1812; On the same occasion, 1813; On the same occasion. Recited immediately after Drinking to the Memory of the Bard.
THE HARP OF CALEDONIA: A Collection of Songs, Ancient and Modern (chiefly Scottish), with an Essay on Scottish Song Writers. By John Struthers, author of the "Poor Man's Sabbath," "Peasant's Death," etc., etc. In Three Volumes. Vol. 3rd.
Glasgow: KHULL, BLACKIE & Co. 1819. Contains-Four Songs by Robert Burns; Song to the Memory of Burns, January 25th, 1817, by W. Wallace (page 381).
THE WREATH, Composed of One Hundred and Forty Poems and Songs never before Published; with a Number of other Pieces, Published in Different Works, by James Pringle.
"See Caledonia's daughters gay
Fair as the Virgin summer day,
Hear her swains, they tune their reeds;
See the flowers so fair to see,
The mountain Flower, Fair Liberty."
Glasgow: Printed for the Author. 1821.
Contains an Elegy on the death of Burns' Mary Campbell (page 34.) This Song was composed on the author learning that Mary Campbell was the name of Burns's "Highland Mary."
POEMS AND SONGS by John Goldie.
"What is writ is writ,
Would it were worthier."-Byron.
Ayr Printed at the Courier Office. : Contains-Lines on seeing the Monument erected to Burns in Ayrshire. Page 24. Song "Tho' the Long Grass may Wave," sung at the Anniversary Meeting of the Ayr Burns Club.
POEMS AND SONGS by James Kennedy, Sanquhar.
Dumfries: WILLIAM CARSON.
Contains-Lines Occasioned by James Glencairn Burns requesting a quart bottle of the Punch drunk at his Father's Anniversary Birthday Club, and to forward the same to Calcutta by the earliest opportunity (page 117.)
THE ANT. A Selection of Pieces, chiefly Narrative, in Prose and Verse, hitherto unappropriated by compilers. Thomas Atkinson, Editor.
Glasgow: ROBERTSON & ATKINSON. 1827.
Contains Robert Burns and Lord Byron, by Allan Cunningham.
THE LOUNGER: A Periodical Paper published at Edinburgh in the years 1785 and 1786, by the Authors of the Mirror.
Contains-Critique on Burns.
London: JONES & COMPANY.
THE SNOW-DROP, Original and Selected.
"See, I have cull'd the flowers that promised best,
Ayr: JOHN DICK. 1830.
Contains-To the Memory of Burns, by Rushton (pages 12-15).
THE MIRROR: A Periodical Paper published at Edinburgh in the years 1779 and 1780.
London: JONES & COMPANY. 1831. Contains-Extraordinary Account of Robert Burns, the Ayrshire ploughman; with extracts from his poems.-Mackenzie, "The Lounger," No. 97, Saturday, December 9th, 1787 (pages 202-204.)
THE RETROSPECT; OR YOUTHFUL SCENES, with other Poems and Songs. By John Wright.
Edinburgh: JOHN BOYD. Contains-Lines to a Pebble found on the Grave of William Burns, Father of "The Ayrshire Poet." Page 113. Lines on Seeing a Lock of the Hair of "Highland Mary," (page 30.)
ORIGINAL SCOTTISH RHYMES, with Humorous and Satirical Songs, By David Webster.
Paisley: CALDWELL & SON. 1835.
Contains-Ode to the Memory of Robert Burns, our Celebrated Poet.
THE LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF ROBERT BURNS. By
POEMS AND SONGS, by Robert Gilfillan. Third Edition.
Edinburgh: WILLIAM BLACKWOOD & SONS.
Contains-"Again let us Welcome this day mair than ony (Written for the Dunfermline Burns Club), Page 49; "Let Galled Greece (Written for Burns Anniversary, 1828), Page 127; Ode to the Memory of Burns, Page 156; "The Bard of Song rose in the West" (Written for Burns Anniversary, 1834) page 288. THE POCKET SONGSTER AND TOASTMASTER.
Paisley J. NEILSON. 1840.
Contains-Nine Songs by Burns. This is the Smallest Song Book Printed, being 2 inches long and 14 broad. THE MISCELLANEOUS PROSE WORKS OF SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART. In Three Volumes. Vol. I. Biographical Memoirs, Essays, Letters, with Notes.
Edinburgh: ROBERT CADELL. 1841. Contains-Reliques of Robert Burns, Pages 847-852.-From the Quarterly Review of 1809. Collected by R. H. Cromek, 1808.
LIFE OF LORD JEFFREY, with a Selection from his Correspondence. By Lord Cockburn, one of the Judges of the Court of Session in Scotland. In Two Volumes. [8vo.]
Edinburgh: ADAM & CHARLES BLACK. 1842. Contains-Vol. I., p. 8, Anecdote about Burns.
THE WHOLE POETICAL WORKS OF JOHN WRIGHT, Author of "The Retrospect," etc., etc. With a Portrait of the Author, and a Sketch of his Life. By John C. Moore.
Ayr: M'CORMICK & GEMMELL. 1843. Contains-Lines on the Glasgow Oddfellows' Visit to the Land of Burns, on the 15th of July, 1842; Lines to a Pebble found on the Grave of William Burns, Father of "The Ayrshire Poet" (page 117); Lines on seeing a Lock of the Hair of "Highland Mary."
CHAMBERS'S EDINBURGH JOURNAL.
Conducted and Published
by William and Robert Chambers. No. 35, New Series. Saturday, August 31st, 1844.
Contains-A Day on the Banks of Doon, by one who attended the Festival held on the Banks of Doon, on the 6th August, 1844.