The History of Leith

April 24, 2006

Parody on the Sailor’s Grave

This ballad begins: ‘The fight was far, far from the land, / When the bravest of our gallant band / Grew deadly pale and weaned away / From a shillelagh’s top on an autumn day.’ It was to be sung to the tune ‘The Sailor’s Grave’. The broadside was priced at one penny and published on Saturday, 2nd May 1863. The publisher was the Poet’s Box (probably Glasgow), but the town of publication has been obscured. for more click here

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