The History of Leith

June 28, 2006

Huzza! for Provost Spittal!!! An Excellent New Song

The ballad begins: ‘YE Whig Reformers all draw near, / To Aytoun’d trash ne’er lend an ear, / But join with me in a counter cheer – / Huzza for Provost Spittal!’ A note below the title states that it should be sung to the tune of ‘The Arethusa’, which is a traditional Scottish song dating from around 1730, and also the name of a poem by the radical poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Although no publication date is included, a note at the foot of the sheet states that it was published by Waugh of Edinburgh.for more click here

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