Archive for the ‘Scottish Music’ Category

Continuing the Virtual Book Tour, I am at Blog Critics today, for a four page interview.  Which of my characters would I most like to meet?  Which would you?  Stop by and leave a comment!

Today, I offer the poetry of Robert Burns, Scots Wha’ Hae’,in which Burns puts forth the words Robert Bruce might have spoken to his troops at Bannockburn.  Burns wrote the lyrics to fit the old tune Hey Tuttie Tatie,which tradition claims was played at the Battle of Bannockburn.  For a long time, it was the unofficial anthem of Scotland, though today, Flower of Scotland and Scotland the Brave vie for the title. 

Scots Wha’ Hae’


Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to your gory bed
Or to victorie!

Now’s the day, and now’s the hour:
See the front o’ battle lour,
See approach proud Edward’s power -
Chains and slaverie!

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will 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 dee!

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