MS: 'The Dumfries Volunteers'

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MS: 'The Dumfries Volunteers'

The Dumfries Volulnteers vol VI song 545
Tune, Callan Shearghlas
(see N. Gow's third Collection)

Does haughty Gaul invasion threat,
Then let the louns beware, Sir,
There's Wooden Walls upon our seas,
And Volunteers on shore, Sir.
The Nith shall run to Corsincon,
And Criffel sink in Solway,
Ere we permit a foreign foe
On British ground to rally. -

O let us not, like snarling curs,
In wrang'ling be divided,
Till, slap! come in an unco loun,
And wi' a rung decide it:
Be Britain still to Britain true;
Amang oursels united:
For never but by British hands
Maun British wrangs be righted -

The kettle o' the Kirk and State,
Perhaps a clout may fail on't;
But deil a foreign tinkler loun
Shall ever ca' a nail in't:
Our father's blude the kettle bought,
And wha wad dare to spoil it,
By Heavens, the sacreligious dog
Shall fuel be to boil it! ----

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