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April 25, 2019

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Robert Burns frequently expressed Jacobite sentiments in his work. In his native Ayrshire, the popular opinion would have been fiercely anti-Jacobite so some of these pieces were hidden away and only published after his death. This was published in 1791 but at the time he claimed that he had only added a few lines to an existing song.


“Frae the friends and land I love, Driv'n by Fortune's felly spite;

Frae my best belov'd I rove, Never mair to taste delight:

Never mair maun hope to find Ease frae toil, relief frae care;

When Remembrance wracks the mind, Pleasures but unveil despair.


Brightest climes shall mirk appear, Desert ilka blooming shore,

Till the Fates, nae mair severe, Friendship, love, and peace restore,

Till Revenge, wi' laurel'd head, Bring our banished hame again;

And ilk loyal, bonie lad Cross the seas, and win his ain.”




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