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ROBERT BRUCE'S ADDRESS TO HIS ARMY BEFORE BANNOCKBURN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Scots wha hae wi' wallace bled
Last Line: Let us do, or die!
Variant Title(s): Bannockburn;the Battle Of Bannockburn;bruce To His Men At Bannockburn;bruce's Address To His Army At Bannockburn;national Air: Scotland;scots Wha Hae;robert Bruce's March To Bannockburn
Subject(s): Bannockburn, Battle Of (1314); Freedom; National Song - Scotland; Robert I. King Of Scotland (1274-1329); Scotland; Wallace, Sir William (1270-1305); War; Liberty; Scottish National Anthem; Bruce, Robert; The Bruce


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 lour:
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 our 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!




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