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Poetry Interlude: Scots Wha Hae, by Robert Burns

25 Jan

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

Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power—
         Chains and slavery!

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!

 
8 Comments

Posted by on January 25, 2022 in poetry

 

8 responses to “Poetry Interlude: Scots Wha Hae, by Robert Burns

    • Will S.

      January 25, 2022 at 12:04 am

      And in this case, Burns Supper is a very good thing! 😉

      As lang as ye no’ burn tha haggis! 😉

       
  1. fuzziewuzziebear

    January 25, 2022 at 12:36 am

    From the movie Highlander.
    Sean Connery: What’s a haggis?
    Christopher Lambert: Sheep’s stomach filled with meat and barley.
    Sean Connery: How revolting!

    From the previous thread. I think the French own this now.

     
    • Will S.

      January 25, 2022 at 12:38 am

      🙂

      You’re lucky I don’t post Burns’ Ode To A Haggis! You wouldn’t be able to understand the thick Scots dialect, lol. 🙂

       
      • fuzziewuzziebear

        January 25, 2022 at 12:48 am

        I would need a translation. It has been seven generations.

         
      • Will S.

        January 25, 2022 at 1:02 am

        🙂

         
      • electricangel

        January 25, 2022 at 8:39 am

        It takes that long to get the oat methylation off the DNA.

         
      • Will S.

        January 25, 2022 at 9:42 am

        Old joke:

        “In England oats are only fit for horses.”

        “Aye, and tha’s why England is known for its horses, and Scotland for its men!” 😉

         

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