Scots Wha Hae
R. Burns


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

Now's the day an' now's the hour
See the front of battle lour
See approach proud Edward's pow'r
Chains and slaverie!

Wha would be a traitor knave?
Wha would 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 would strongly draw?
Freeman stand and 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 userpers low!
Tyrants fall in ev'ry foe
Liberty's in every blow
Let us do or die!

Midi sequenced by Barry Taylor

The inspired words were written by Robert Burns and entitled "Address of Bruce to his Troops". They were delivered to Burns' friend Mr Syme on 2nd August 1793. The song refers to the confrontation at Bannockburn in the summer of 1314 between Robert Bruce and Edward II of England when, under Bruce's leadership, Scotland regained her freedom. A statue twenty feet high of Bruce, sculpted by Pilkington Jackson was errected at Bannockburn in 1964.

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