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Sons Of Heroes

  • (Trad / James Hogg)

    Help us help us Tyr and Odin
    Sons of heroes slain at Flodden
    Imitating border bowmen
    Aye defend your rights and common

    Sons of heroes slain at Flodden
    Met to ride and trace our common
    Oral fame tells how we got it
    Hear the native muse relate it

    Henry who to kingly splendour
    Added that of faith's defender
    Sped his troops by General Surrey
    Threatening Scotland's rights to bury

    Royal James on this occasion
    Sent his order through the nation
    Heroes arm evince your bravery
    Freemen scorn the chains of slavery

    Stunned with shrieks of thousands dying
    'Mid showers of darts and arrows flying
    Sword in hand these gallant warriors
    Firmly stood their country's barriers

    Royal James still urged the battle
    Tho' forewarned it would be fatal
    Pressing hard the marshalled Southerners
    Thus addressed the gallant Northerners

    Now the struggle was unequal
    Dreadful carnage crowned the sequel
    Hardy Scots borne down by numbers
    Strewed the field in death's cold slumbers

    This is the end of it all
    High and low, great and small
    This finishes the poor vain show
    And a king with all his pride
    In his lifetime deified
    With the beggar is at last laid low

    (as sung by The McCalmans)

Susannes Folksong-Notizen

  • [1972:] Set to an ancient air, the verses were expanded by James Hogg. - Tyr the God of War and his son Odin entered Scottish folklore via Scandinavian mythology. (Stuart, Stories 58)

  • (for older song, 'Teribus ye teri Odin')

Quelle: Scotland

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