Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BORDER BALLAD [OR MARCH, OR SONG], FR. THE MONASTERY, by WALTER SCOTT

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First Line: March, march, ettrick, and teviotdale
Last Line: When the blue bonnets came over the border.
Variant Title(s): Blue Bonnets Over The Border
Subject(s): Patriotism

MARCH, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale!
Why the de'il dinna ye march forward in order?
March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale!
All the Blue Bonnets are over the Border!
Many a banner spread
Flutters above your head,
Many a crest that is famous in story! --
Mount and make ready, then,
Sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for the queen and our old Scottish glory.

Come from the hills where your hirsels are graz-
Come from the glen of the buck and the roe;
Come to the crag where the beacon is blazing;
Come with the buckler, the lance, and the bow.
Trumpets are sounding;
War-steeds are bounding;
Stand to your arms, and march in good order,
England shall many a day
Tell of the bloody fray,
When the Blue Bonnets came over the Border.

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