Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Poetry Thursday 128 - New Auld Lang Syne

As the referendum vote is Thursday I had to attempt a version of one of Scotland's many legacies.

Fit the chorus where you will.

Auld Lang Syne

For times gone by my dear
For times gone by
We’ll take a dram of whisky yet
For times gone by.

Should old alliances be forgotten
and never brought to mind.
Should old alliances be forgotten
and a welcome to new divide!

The politicians have roamed the hillsides
and canvassed voters fine.
But we have worked many a weary year
for times gone by.

We Scots have waded streams and seas
from dawn to dinner time.
But chasms between us have roared
since times gone by.

And there is a hand my trusted friend
to say a fond goodbye
We’ll charge you for another dram
for times gone by.

And surely you’ll pay for a pint
and also pay for mine.
We’ll take any cup that we can get
For times gone by.
© David L Atkinson September 2014

Then I felt that this significant day couldn't be allowed to pass without some very appropriate verse from Robert Burns

Scots Wha Hae, or, Robert Bruce’s Address to His Troops at Bannockburn
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 cowards’ grave?
Wha sae base as be a Slave?
 —Let him turn and flie.—

Wha for Scotland’s king and law,
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Free-Man stand, or Free-Man 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
God Bless