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BEING A CURIOUS
OF OLD AND NEW
SONGS AND POEMS,
Peculiar to the Counties of
« NORTHUMBRIA'S SONS STAND FORTH, BY ALL CONFEST,
“ THE FIRST AND FIRMEST OF FAIR FREEDOM'S TRAIN;
" THE SACRED SPARK, UNSUĻLIED BY A STAIN.”
Pewcastle upon Tyne:
and other Booksellers in Town,
Proceed, ye generous friends of Tync, .
And prosperous be your way;
To catch the improving ray!
Bring Taste and Genius forth ;
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Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
“ Give me the writing of all the Ballads, for the “ people of England, and let who will be their law-giver," was said by a celebrated orator, in speaking on the manners of the people :--this cheering ray, in behalf of ballad writing, gave rise to the publication of the following pages : for how many of these simple, yet popular effusions, have been lost for want of a repository to give them a chance of living a day beyond the time they were written ?-As such, the Summun Bonum of my labours is to rescue from the yawning jaws of oblivion the productions of the Bards of the Tyne ; and by so doing, hand them down to future ages as Reliques of Provincial Poetry :-But, conscious of the liability of personal allusions in the generality of provincial poems, the words of the poet have been kept in mind :
“ Curs'd be the verse, how well soe'er it flow,
foe!” Those who may have expected a matchless collection, and find it inferior to other poetical selections, will please to think of the following Italian proverb :
" CHI LAVA LA TESTA AL ASINO PERDB IL SAPONE."