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VII. PATRIOTIC AND POLITICAL                257
But Douglasses o' weight had we:
The pair o' lusty lairds, For building cot-houses sae fam'd,
And christenin kail-yards.
And then Redcastle drew his sword That ne'er was stain'd wi' gore
Save on a wand'rer lame and blind, To drive him frae his door.
And last cam creepin Collieston, Was mair in fear than wrath ;
Ae knave was constant in his mind— To keep that knave frae scaitlu
No. 275. Wham will we send to London town.
Tune : For a' that (see No. 25a).
Wham will we send to London town,
To Parliament and a' that? Or wha in a' the country round The best deserves to fa' that? For a' that, and a' that, Thro' Galloway and a' that, Where is the Laird or belted Knight That best deserves to fa1 that?
Wha sees Kerroughtree's open yett,
(And wha is't never saw that?) Wha ever wi' Kerroughtree met, And has a doubt of a' that? For a' that, and a' that! Here's Heron yet for a' that! The independent patriot,
The honest man, and a' that!
Tho' wit and worth, in either sex, Saint Mary's Isle can shaw that, Wi' Dukes and Lords let Selkirk mix, And weel does Selkirk fa' that. For a' that, and a' that, Here's Heron yet for a' that! The independent commoner Shall be the man for a' that.
But why should we to Nobles jouk,
And is't against the law, that? For why, a Lord may be a gowk, Wi' ribban, star, and a' that. For a' that, and a' that, Here's Heron yet for a' that! A Lord may be a lousy loun Wi' ribban, star, and a' that.
A beardless boy comes o'er the hills Wi's uncle's purse and a' that; But we'll hae ane frae 'mang oursels, A man we ken, and a' that. For a' that, and a' that, Here's Heron yet for a' that! For we're na to be bought and sold, Like naigs, and nowte, and a' that.
Then let us drink:—'the Stewartry, Kerroughtree's laird, and a' that, Our representative to be';
For weel he's worthy a1 that! For a1 that, and a' that, Here's Heron yet for a' that! A House of Commons such as he, They wad be blest that saw that.






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