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VII. PATRIOTIC AND POLITICAL              237
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,
The Criffel sink in Solway, Ere we permit a foreign foe
On British ground to rally 1
We'll ne'er permit a foreign foe On British ground to rally!
O, let us not, like snarling tykes,
In wrangling 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 in't; But deil a foreign tinkler loun
Shall ever ca' a nail in't! Our fathers' blude the kettle bought,
And wha wad dare to spoil it; By heavens ! the sacrilegious dog ) ,.
Shall fuel be to boil it!
The wretch that would a tyrant own,
And the wretch, his true-sworn brother, Who would set the mob above the throne,
May they be damn'd together! Who will not sing God save the King
Shall hang as high 's the steeple;
But while we sing God save the King,
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We'll ne'er forget the People!