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Poetry Corner: Election Ballad (Fragment)

Henry Campbell Bannerman

On this day. April 22nd in 1908, Sir Henry Campbell–Bannerman, Scottish politician and Liberal Prime Minister from 1905-08, died.

His cabinet included David Lloyd George and Henry Herbert Asquith, both of whom later became Prime Ministers.

Sir Henry resigned prematurely due to poor health and died just days later.Scotclans


Election Ballad At Close Of Contest For Representing The Dumfries Burghs, (Fragment) 1790 – by Robert Burns

Still o’er the field the combat burns,
The Tories, Whigs, give way by turns;
But Fate the word has spoken:
For woman’s wit and strength o’man,
Alas! can do but what they can;
The Tory ranks are broken.

O that my een were flowing burns!
My voice, a lioness that mourns
Her darling cubs’ undoing!
That I might greet, that I might cry,
While Tories fall, while Tories fly,
And furious Whigs pursuing!

What Whig but melts for good Sir James,
Dear to his country, by the names,
Friend, Patron, Benefactor!
Not Pulteney’s wealth can Pulteney save;
And Hopetoun falls, the generous, brave;
And Stewart, bold as Hector.

Thou, Pitt, shalt rue this overthrow,
And Thurlow growl a curse of woe,
And Melville melt in wailing:
Now Fox and Sheridan rejoice,
And Burke shall sing, “O Prince, arise!
Thy power is all-prevailing!”

For your poor friend, the Bard, afar
He only hears and sees the war,
A cool spectator purely!
So, when the storm the forest rends,
The robin in the hedge descends,
And sober chirps securely.

Rabbie BurnsNow, for my friends’ and brethren’s sakes,
And for my dear-lov’d Land o’ Cakes,
I pray with holy fire:
Lord, send a rough-shod troop o’ Hell
O’er a’ wad Scotland buy or sell,
To grind them in the mire!


 

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