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Poem Title:  Border Ballad

Poem Category:  Scottish

Poet:  Walter Scott

Poet Biography: 
Walter Scott (1771-1832) was one of Scotlands most fervent poets. A prominent figure in Edinburgh society, he entertained a variety of famous people and was knighted in 1820. For a full biography see the Rampantscotland site



Poem: 
March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale,
Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order!
March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale,
All the Blue Bonnets are bound for the Border.
Many a banner spread,
Flutters above your head,
Many a crest that is famous in story.
Mount and make ready then,
Sons of the mountain glen,
Fight for the Queen and our old Scottish glory.

Come from the hills where your hirsels are grazing,
Come from the glen of the buck and the roe;
Come to the crag where the beacon is blazing,
Come with the buckler, the lance, and the bow.
Trumpets are sounding,
War-steeds are bounding,
Stand to your arms, then, and march in good order;
England shall many a day
Tell of the bloody fray,
When the Blue Bonnets came over the Border.


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