Scottish Songs, Ballads, And Poems

Scottish Songs, Ballads, And Poems - Hew Ainslie [These notes were made in 1983; I read the New York, 1855 ed.:] A slightly tedious tho' hardly objectionable collection of (mostly) short lyrics in (more or less) Lowland Scots dialect, somewhat inconsistently glossed. Much clear imitation of Burns, and the occasional good line. Ainslie did best when imitating the old ballads, I think. The most interesting factor was the introduction of the "United States" element, the author apparently having spend a good bit of time in the "Land of the Free" - a good many of the poems revolve around the "Scotland/home versus America/liberty" theme. Published, incidentally, in the U.S.