Poetry Corner: Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation


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On this day in 1332 Edward, the son of John Balliol, was crowned at Scone. After imprisonment in England and his subsequent release to France, he was recalled to England in 1324. Many Scots regarded him as rightful heir to the throne, and during an Anglo-Scots peace in 1332 he sailed from the Humber to Fife and overcame a Scots army at Dupplin. He was chased out and took refuge behind English armies. He ruled as a puppet king during the reign of David II until 1356 when he was dismissed by Edward III. Scot Clans

Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A Nation

By Robert Burns

Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,
Fareweel our ancient glory;
Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name,
Sae fam’d in martial story.
Now Sark rins over Solway sands,
An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,
To mark where England’s province stands-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

What force or guile could not subdue,
Thro’ many warlike ages,
Is wrought now by a coward few,
For hireling traitor’s wages.
The English steel we could disdain,
Secure in valour’s station;
But English gold has been our bane-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

O would, or I had seen the day
That Treason thus could sell us,
My auld grey head had lien in clay,
Wi’ Bruce and loyal Wallace!
But pith and power, till my last hour,
I’ll mak this declaration;
We’re bought and sold for English gold-
Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!

The Corries – Parcel O’Rogues

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