23 September 2004

Scots Wha Hae

In case you were wondering ----

Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Scots Wha Hae (1794)

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led;
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to victory!

Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lour;
See approach proud Edward's power--
Chains and slavery!

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward's grave!
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!

Wha for Scotland's king and law
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa',
Let him follow me!

By oppression's woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!--
Let us do or die!

1 comment:

P said...

Burns. Good stuff. I just wrote a little two pager on "Farewell to the Highlands," and could go on and on about Burns' selective use of Scots and English.

If you're really into the Scottish lit. scene, check out Sir Walter Scott's "Redgauntlet."