Photostats of parts of 'Adversaria', a commonplace-book of Sir Walter Scott. Edit


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Level of Description


  • 1796. (Creation)


  • 40 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Arrangement

    40 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The following sections of the book are reproduced:

    (i) Poem on Cater Thun, beginning, 'Cold the wild blast that chills thy brow', 5 May 1796 (folio 1);

    (ii) 'To a Lady', lines beginning, 'For thee from Time's slow mouldering hold' (folio 3);

    (iii) Lines beginning, 'Farewell my dear Jamie, ah take my farewell', with the refrain, 'Lochaber no more' (folio 4);

    (iv) 'Elegy on Shenstone', beginning, 'Listless laid beneath a willow' (folio 5);

    (v) Blank-verse lines, beginning, 'I do love these ancient ruins' (folio 7);

    (vi) Song on “the maid that's far awa”, beginning, "Unpu'ed on Yarrows braes, the birk" (folio 8);

    (vii) 'Frederick and Alice', an imitation of a ballad in Goethe's ‘Claudine von Villa Bella’, differing from the published version (folio 9);

    (viii) Verses beginning, "Traind by Adversity's stern hand" (folio 14);

    (ix) Verses beginning, 'By a thousand fond dreams my weak Bosom betrayd' (folio 17);

    (x) Dedicatory lines to a lady, beginning, “Of old 'tis said, in Iliums battling days” (folio 20);

    (xi) 'Loch Vennachar', a prose account of its scenery and local history; 'Roman camp at Bochastle' (folio 22);

    (xii) 'The triumph of Constancy, from the German of G: A: Bürger, 1796', dedicated to Mrs Scott of Harden (folio 27); see Coleman O Parsons, “Scott's translation of Bürger's 'Das Lied von Treue'”, in 'Journal of English and Germanic Philology', volume xxxiii (1934).

    (xiii) Lines beginning, 'Which of us shall join the forces When the Chiefs their levies gather?' (folio 38).