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Poem by John Mayne


English, Scots, and Irishmen


ENGLISH, SCOTS, and IRISHMEN,
All that are in VALOUR'S ken!
Shield your KING: and flock agen
    Where his sacred Banners fly!
Now's the day, and now's the hour,
Frenchmen would the Land devour
Will ye wait till they come o'er
    To give ye Chains and Slavery?

Who would be a Frenchman's slave?
Who would truckle to the Knave?
Who would shun a glorious grave
    For worse than death, forinfamy?
To see your Liberties expire
Your Temples smoke, your Fleets on fire!
That's a Frenchman's sole desire
    That's your fate, or Liberty!

Robb'd of all that sweetens life,
Tranquil home, and happy wife!
Reeking from the villain's knife,
    Yonder harmless Peasant see
Prostrate near him on the heath
A ruin'd Daughter gasps for breath!
Frenchmen riot in their death
    That's to them a luxury!

In fancy'd conquest over you,
The Tyrant tells his tiger-crew
If chains will not your minds subdue,
    Nor exile, stripes, and poverty,
Then, when the Land is all defil'd,
He'll butcher woman, man and child
He'll turn your gardens to a wild
    Your Courts to caves of misery!

Mothers, Sisters, Sweethearts dear,
All that VIRTUE gives us here!
Can your Sons or Lovers fear
    When Frenchmen threaten slavery?
O! no!In hosts of VOLUNTEERS,
The GENIUS of the ISLE appears!
With dauntless breast, BRITANNIA rears
    Her arm, and points to VICTORY!

IRISH, SCOTS and ENGLISHMEN
All that WORTH and VALOUR ken!
Shield your KING; and flock agen
    Where his sacred Banners fly!
Now's the day, and now's the hour,
Frenchmen would the Land devour
To arms! to arms! and make them cow'r,
    Or meet their certain destiny!



                      John Mayne


John Mayne's other poems:
  1. The Curieux
  2. Helen of Kirkconnel
  3. The Muffled Drum
  4. Mary Marton
  5. To the Army and Navy Returning from the War


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