Friday, January 25, 2008

Scots Wha Hae

Happy birthday Robert Burns.

'Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tae your gory bed,
Or tae 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 will 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 on wi' 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 dee!

The Ploughman Poet was born on the 25th of January 1759 in Alloway, South Ayrshire, Scotland. He's probably most famous for the poem/song Auld Lang Syne (Scots for "long, long ago" or "days gone by") and has been an inspirational figure to Scots and their descendants ever since. Join with me in hoisting a wee dram tonight to Rabbie Burns and Auld Lang Syne.

Jim Hoerricks
2 time California State Caber Tossing Champion
and proud Scot (Clan MacFarlane).

All men die. But all men do not truly live
until they toss the weights, the stones,
the hammer, and the caber.

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