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OF

Northern Bards:

BEING A CURIOUS

COLLECTION

OF OLD AND NEW

SONGS AND POEMS,

Peculiar to the Counties of
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE,
NORTHUMBERLAND, AND DURHAM.

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« NORTHUMBRIA'S SONS STAND FORTH, BY ALL CONFEST,

“ THE FIRST AND FIRMEST OF FAIR FREEDOM'S TRAIN;
“ EACH BRAVE NORTHUMBRIAN NURSES IN HIS BREAST

" THE SACRED SPARK, UNSUĻLIED BY A STAIN.”

Pewcastle upon Tyne:
Printed for John Bell, by M. Angus & Son, and sold by them,

and other Booksellers in Town,

MDCCCXII,

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Proceed, ye generous friends of Tync, .

And prosperous be your way;
How happy, would our sons incline

To catch the improving ray!
With heart and hand your friendship join,

Bring Taste and Genius forth ;
That all may own Newcastle Town,
Emporium of the North. -

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PREFACE.

Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.

Pope.

“ 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,
" Which tends to make one worthy man my

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."

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