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Poetry Corner:Scots Wha Hae

Over the 23rd and 24th June 1314, Robert the Bruce beat the English at the Battle of Bannockburn; this would ultimately lead to the Independence of Scotland.

Robert The Bruce

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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 lower;
See approach proud Edward’s power–
Chains and slaverie!

“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!”

Robert Burns

 

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  1. Imahipgran You might like this…! Love, Gordon

    On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:03 AM The Orkney News wrote:

    > helenarmet posted: “Over the 23rd and 24th June 1314, Robert the Bruce > beat the English at the Battle of Bannockburn; this would ultimately lead > to the Independence of Scotland. Scots Wha Hae “Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace > bled– Scots, wham Bruce has aften led– Welcome to yo” >

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