Part VIII: Corruption
Retribution that comes tae aw
Whae hot an cauld can timely blaw,
Saw James the Seventh final faw
An William King,
Whae syn wid show in winter’s snaw
What that wid bring.
For when MacDonald Chief wis slow
Tae make his clan’s allegiance show
The Campbells struck the royal blow
An tae their shame,
Brocht genocide tae sad Glencoe
In William’s name.
There’s been nae need for them tae dee
Gin Fate haud smiled own Braw Dundee
When English an K.O.S.B.
Were soundly thrashed,
For they’d been Killicrankied free
An Union smashed.
For Union’s what this foreign King
Desired abune maist anything
An wid tae Independence bring
A deadly blow,
Wi Thistle’s warnin, jaggit sting
The first tae go.
For this timewise by far the worst
As, sellin what wis held in trust,
The votes were bocht an Peers imbursed
Wi English gowd;
For here were Scots pit England first
Wi heids unbowed.
Gin Act o Union wis endorsed
An English terms were then enforced
Tae see that Scotland wis divorced
Frae wordly scene;
It seemed s’if lan that God resourced
Haud never been.
An though the Scots were seldom blessed
In peacefu’ years withoot unrest,
An often rose when sair oppressed
Make nae mistake,
Charles Edward Stewart, an the rest
Were oan the make.
For Scots whae haud wi Wallace bled
Alang wi Scots that Bruce haud led
Haud noo in their descendants bred
Whae’d gladly share an English bed
Than stan alane.
Divided by religious fear,
Stirred up by King an noble Peer,
Till Freedom seemed tae disappear
Tae sail the wey the English steer
An be despised.
For Scots whae scaled Quebec cliffs steep
That Britain could Great profits reap
Saw Heilan hames replaced wi sheep
Could stan an watch,
The Factors whae, as weemen weep,
Burned doon the thatch.
Scotland Forever: A History in 10 Parts
Part I In the Beginning
Part II Crime an Punishment
Part III Conception
Part IV Incubus
Part V The Wallace
Part VI King Robert the Bruce
Part VII Turbulence