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Poem by Robert Burns


Ye Jacobites by Name


YE Jacobites by name, give an ear, give an ear;
  Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear;
    Ye Jacobitea by name,
      Your fautes I will proclaim,
        Your doctrines I maun blame-
          You shall hear.

What is right and what is wrang, by the law, by the law?
  What is right and what is wrang by the law?
    What is right and what is wrang?
      A short sword and a lang,
        A weak arm and a strang,
          For to draw.

What makes heroic strife, famd afar, famd afar?
  What makes heroic strife famd afar?
    What makes heroic strife?
      To whet th assassins knife,
        Or hunt a parents life
          Wi bluidie war.

Then let your schemes alone, in the state, in the state;
  Then let your schemes alone in the state;
    Then let your schemes alone,
      Adore the rising sun,
        And leave a man undone
          To his fate.



Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Tam Glen
  2. Lines Supposed to Have Been Written by Burns, and Forwarded to John Rankine, Ayrshire, Immediately after the Poets Decease
  3. On Commissary Goldies Brains
  4. Verses Addressed to J. Rankine
  5. Impromptu on an Innkeeper Named Bacon, Who Intruded Himself Into All Companies


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