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SWINBURNE, ALGERNON CHARLES. Poems and Ballads: Third Series, with three Autograph Manuscripts, unsigned, bound in before half-title. The manuscripts, each a working draft of an untitled poem or poem fragment, likely unpublished, likely transcriptions or variations of Scottish folk songs. The first, 12 lines. The second, over 90 lines with several corrections, written on recto and verso, a few lines written vertically. The third, 13 lines. Together 4 pages, 12 1/2x8 inches or smaller, each attached to stub at left edge, second on pale blue paper; few short closed tears at edges with some repaired verso with tissue, faint toning at edges, folds. The book, 8vo, brown morocco by Riviere & Son, covers slightly bowed, some rubbing to raised bands and edges; original cloth covers bound in. London, 1889; manuscripts: Np, nd
The first, beginning: "But wha sall dress me maidenlike / And wha sall snood my head? / And if I gang like a clean maiden / I sall be but dead." The second, beginning: "[It fe]ll upon a Wodensday / Brown Robin's men went to sea; / But they saw neither sun nor moon / Neither starlight wi' their ee. / We'll cast kevils us amang / See wha the man may be. / The kevil fell on Brown Robin, / The masterman was he." The third, beginning: "The had nae wind to his gowden gifts / Nor to his silke fee / It was a' for love of her bonny bird / That was sae well to see."