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PREFACE
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THE Illustrated Large-paper Edition of the LATER POEMS of "Surfaceman," published in 1912, received a hearty welcome, alike from the public and the press, but, at half a guinea, it was beyond the reach of many who desired to possess the volume; and the publishers have been frequently urged to issue a cheaper edition.  The present volume is the result.  It contains the Biographical Sketch and all the poems published in the first edition, but none of the illustrations except the portrait frontispiece.


 
PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION
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THE present volume is the outcome of a frequently expressed desire by many of Alexander Anderson's friends and admirers, who, after his death, felt that it would be a becoming tribute to his worth as a man, and to his merits as a poet, to collect and publish a Memorial Volume of his poems, a large number of which had never appeared in book form, and many of which, as was well known, had never got beyond the manuscript stage.

    The idea at first was to make a selection partly from the poet's four published volumes, and partly from his unpublished and fugitive pieces; but the latter were found to be so numerous that it was decided to leave the poems in the published volumes to be dealt with on some future occasion.  With the exception, therefore, of "Cuddle Doon," which has been admitted because it is the first of a sequence of poems which would not be complete without it, no poem that has appeared in any of the former volumes finds a place in this collection.

    The task of collecting the poems, which were scattered abroad in various magazines and periodicals, over a long series of years, has been one of no small difficulty; and, though a very large number have been secured, it is more than possible that some may up till now remain undiscovered.

    The work of selection has been scarcely less arduous—the chief difficulty being the abundance of material—and many pieces of great merit have had to be left out for lack of space.  In the selection, the design has been to make the book representative of the poet in all his moods, with a bias, perhaps, in favour of those pieces which seemed most likely to meet with general acceptance.

    No attempt has been made to classify or group together the poems that show the varied characteristics of the poet's work.  The order adopted is in the main chronological so far as the poems that have already been printed are concerned; but there was nothing to indicate the dates of many of those left in manuscript.  The method followed has been chosen with a view to preserving the charm of variety, and increasing the interest of the collection as a whole.

    Of the previously published pieces included in this volume, the greater part appeared in The People's Friend, but a considerable number of them were first published in Chambers's Journal, Good Words, the Evening Dispatch, and the Dundee Weekly News; and the editor gratefully acknowledges the courtesy of the editors and publishers of these newspapers and magazines in permitting their reproduction.  "Anvil and Newspaper," which appeared in The British Workman, is inserted by permission of the publishers, Messrs S. W. Partridge & Co., Ltd.

    For much valuable assistance in preparing the work for the press, and revising of the proofs, I am indebted to Mr Alexander Kennedy, Kenmill House, Bothwell; Mr Alan Reid, F.E.I.S., The Loaning, Edinburgh; Mr Thomas Fraser, Maxwellknowe, Dalbeattie, and others.  To them, and to the artists who have contributed drawings for the illustrations, and to Mr Robert T. Rose, who secured and collected the drawings, I tender most cordial thanks.

    The book, which is made up largely of poems written in his maturer years, when the lyrical faculty of the poet had become fully developed, is now submitted to the generous consideration, not only of Scotsmen at home and abroad, but of all lovers of Scottish literature.

A. B.


EDINBURGH, 24th August, 1912.

 

Ed.—several illustrations and explanatory notes have been added in places to Brown's edition to elucidate the text.

CONTENTS

Preface

v.

Preface to First Edition

vii.

Biographical Sketch

xvii.

Index to First Lines

283.

A BALLADE OF "CHURCHWARDENS"

117.

A BALLADE OF PIPES

107.

A BALLADE OF TOBACCO SMOKE

93.

A BLACKBIRD'S NEST

59.

A BORDER KEEP

160.

A CASTLE OLD AND GREY

174.

A CHAMBER HUSHED AND DIM

152.

A CITY REVERIE

95.

A DAY DREAM ON THE RAIL

129.

A DREAM OF YARROW

64.

A DREAMER'S PARADISE

242.

A HILLSIDE GRAVEYARD

161.

A NIGHT VISION IN THE COLOSSEUM AT ROME

201.

A PERFECT DAY

170.

A SINGER IN THE STREET

206.

A SOUND IS IN MY EAR TO-DAY

54.

A VILLAGE SCENE-EVENING

12.

A VOICE FROM DREAMLAND

1.

A VOICE IS IN THE WIND TO-DAY

51.

A WHIFF OF NATURE

142.

A WINDOW IN THRUMS

163.

A WISH

144.

AIMLESS LONGINGS

41.

ALEXANDER BROWN—MAN AND POET

189.

AN APRIL AFTERNOON

122.

AN APRIL SONGSTER

260.

AN AULD, AULD STORY

170.

AN OLD-WORLD BALLAD

134.

AN OLD WORN COPY OF DANTE

257.

ANVIL AND NEWSPAPER

268.

AT HOME

207.

AT THE GRAVE OF KEATS

179.

AULD JOHNNIE NODDLE

159.

BALLOCHMYLE

41.

BANNOCKBURN

72.

BAULD ROBIN FORD

215.

BLYTHE WILLIE STEWART

187.

BONNIE BESSIE LOGAN

115.

BROKEN MELODIES

151.

BY SAINT MARY'S LAKE

277.

CAMERON'S STONE

76.

CARLYLE

9.

CHARITY

122.

CONNELBUSH

47.

CUDDLE DOON

2.

DEAD FLOWERS

85.

DURISDEER HILLS

114.

DREW THE WRONG LEVER

245.

EDINBURGH

217.

EDZELL WOODS

238.

ERRATIC MUSINGS

232.

EVANESCENCE

185.

FAITH ARMING THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR

246.

FAREWEEL TO MY HAME

158.

GETHSEMANE

27.

GOETHE

26.

GRASMERE

250.

HILL SHADOWS

162.

HOW SWEET WAS LIFE LANGSYNE

159.

I SAW THE ARRAN HILLS

270.

I STAND WITH MY SHOULDER TO SHOULDERS

116.

I WAS ALONE WITH THE MASTER

208.

I WEARY TO-NIGHT, I WEARY

220.

IF ANY SONG THAT I HAVE SUNG

164.

IF I WERE SOMEWHAT YOUNGER

106.

IN A MANSE GARDEN

182.

IN AN ALBUM—AT HIGH CREOCH

192.

IN MEMORIAM—REV. JOHN DONALDSON

99.

IN SELKIRK

275.

IN THE LIGHT OF BOYHOOD

263.

IN YARROW

66.

ISA IN THE GARDEN

190.

JENNY

132.

JOE SIEG

69.

JOHN CROSBIE'S SHOON

198.

JOHN STUART BLACKIE

148.

JOSEPH THOMSON

165.

KILLED ON THE TELEGRAPH WIRE

272.

KILLIN

126.

LANGSYNE WHEN LIFE WAS BONNIE

98.

LARS ANDERSONICUS

218.

LIFE IN THE VILLAGE

241.

LIFE'S LITTLE DAY

157.

LIKE MISTS THAT TRAIL

261.

LINES ON AN OLD COMMUNION CUP

109.

LORD OF THE AIR

155.

LOVE IS SWEET

156.

MARY MORRISON

62.

MAY SONG

104.

NANNIE NICOLSON

93.

NO ROOM FOR THE POET

240.

O MAVIS SINGIN' IN THE WOOD

108.

OH FOR THOSE DAYS

13.

OMAR KHAYYAM

178.

ON BEING SHOWN A FEW HAIRS FROM THE HEAD OF
            NAPOLEON

282.

ON THE STATUES OF GOETHE AND SCHILLER

29.

ON YARROW BRAES

256.

ONE RED ROSE

60.

ONE STAR ALONE

53.

PATRICK LAING

88.

PIT HIM TO HIS BED

214.

RAB COMES HAME

6.

ROBERT BURNS

20.

ROW, KELLO, ROW

33.

SAM ADAMSON

167.

SHADOW AND SUNSHINE

262.

SHE'S AN AWFU' LASSIE, JENNY

29.

SING A SANG TO THE BAIRNS

239.

SWEET JENNY BY THE SOLWAY SANDS

208.

SWEET SEVENTEEN

186.

THAT WEARY GOWF

149.

THE ANGEL THAT SOWS THE FLOWERS

211.

THE AUTUMN LEAF

63.

THE BALLAD OF MAY WYLLIE

204.

THE BLIND READER

258.

THE BRIG O' GLENAIRLIE

89.

THE CAGED LARK

175.

THE CHURCHYARD TREE

135.

THE COVENANTER'S TRYST

193.

THE CRICKET'S SILENCE

184.

THE CRICKET'S SONG

183.

THE DOVE

34.

THE DYING COVENANTER

15.

THE GAME OF LIFE

176.

THE HAPPY EARTH

268.

THE HILLS AN' BURNS AT HAME

222.

THE HILLS AROON OOR AIN WEE TOON

267.

THE HILLS IN THE HIELANDS

111.

THE HILLS REMAIN

89.

THE HOUSE OF THE SINGING BIRDS

102.

THE LANDLORD'S BEST

224.

THE LARK

270.

THE LARK'S SONG

264.

THE LAST TO CUDDLE DOON

5.

THE LIFEBOAT

55.

THE LILY O' THE BANKS O' CREE

141.

THE LOVE LILT O' THE LARK

274.

THE MESSAGE OF THE BEE

125.

THE MUIRLAN' LASSIE

271.

THE NOONDAY REST

221.

THE OLD FAMILIAR WAYS

112.

THE PAINTER AND THE FAIRY

145.

THE PASTOR'S POOL

90.

THE PIPER'S TREE

35.

THE PLEASURES THAT ARE OLDEN

165.

THE POET

28.

THE POET'S CHOICE

180.

 THE POET'S VISION

61.

 THE PORTRAIT

191.

THE QUICK AND THE DEAD

197.

THE SANG THAT JENNY SINGS

206.

THE SECRET OF NATURE

118.

THE SHADOW OF THE PAST

123.

THE SISTERS

171.

THE SORROW OF THE SEA

52.

THE STEPPING STONES

32.

THE THRUSH

113.

THE TIME OF THE ROSE IS OVER

265.

THE TWO SOWERS

8.

THE UNKNOWN SINGER

105.

THE VOICES OF SINGERS

143.

THINKING OF MICHAEL

45.

TO AN ENGLISH GIRL

279.

TO MY FRIEND

139.

TOSHIE NORRIE

105.

TWO BROWN EYES

154.

WALT WHITMAN

26.

WAUKEN UP

3.

WE ARE THE SLAVES

94.

WE DANCED AT NIGHT IN THE FARM HOUSE

120.

WHAT OF THE DIM OLD LEGENDS?

177.

WHEN FIRST I SAW THE TWEED

172.

WHEN LIFE IS YOUNG

210.

WHERE MAUDIE BIDES

266.

WILD FLOWERS FROM ALLOWAY AND DOON

57.

WRITTEN ON THE TOP OF BEN CRUACHAN

150.

YARROW

30.

YARROW VALE

210.

 



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