The Scottish Songs, Vol. 1 of 2 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Scottish Songs, Vol. 1 of 2

From these motives, and with these views, the present' collection was undertaken. It will be found to contain'all the songs written in and regarding Scotland, which have either the me rit of being Old and characteristic, or that of being new and popular. No original songs are admitted, as in most other collections because it is inconsistent with the idea of a collection of the best songs of a country, that some should be accepted which have not yet endured the or deal of public taste. In an Introductory Essay, a view is given of all the facts known with cer tainty regarding Scottish Song in general and to almost all the songs are appended notes, con taining such anecdotes, and other pieces of in formation, referring to them individually, as the editor considered necessary for their illus tration, or at least mentioning the earliest print ed collection in which they are known to have; appeared. No songs of an indecorous nature, are introduced while from one or two others which are included, the objectionable passages. Are silently omitted; the editor judging it bet ter to fit his book, by that very slight sacrifice, for the use of the tasteful, the fair, and the young, than to consult the wishes of the antiquary; who, after all, has but little reason to complain of such violations, seeing that the songs are to be found, in all their native boau ty, in the collections of Ramsay and Herd.

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