Scots Wha Hae
Written by Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns as a fictional address by King Robert ‘the Bruce’ to his gathered army during the Battle of Bannockburn, which took place near Stirling in 1314.
Scots wha' hae'
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 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 die! Robert Burns