The History of Leith

April 17, 2006

The Loss of the Princess Alice’ and ‘The Parrot and the Old Arm Chair

This broadside contains two ballads. The first ballad begins: ‘How many thousands have found a grave / aneath the ever rolling wave, / And day by day the list we swell, / Another loss we have to tell.’ A note below the title states that this ballad should be sung to a tune called ‘Sailor’s Grave’. Although the sheet is not dated, the topic of the first ballad suggests it was published around September 1878. for more click here

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