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VP AND WAR THEM A', -WILLIE. 265
landers interpreted the circumstance as ominous of ill for their cause. This is the incident referred to in the third stanza.
When we went to the field of war, And to the weapon-shaw, Willie, With true design to stand our ground,
And chace our faes awa', Willie,
Lairds and lords came there bedeen, s
And vow gin they were pra', Willie:
Up and war 'em a', Willie,
War 'em, war 'em a', Willie.
And when our army was drawn up,
The bravest e'er I saw, Willie, 10
We did not doubt to rax the rout, And win the day and a', Willie;
Pipers play'd frae right to left,
" Fy, fourugh Whigs awa'," Willie.
Up and war, Sfc. is
But when our standard was set up, So fierce the wind did bla', Willie,
The golden knop down from the top Unto ground did fa', Willie:
Then second-sighted Sandy said, 20
" Well do nae good at a', Willie." Up and war, Sfc.
When bra'ly they attack'd our left, Our front, and flank, and a', Willie,
Our bald commander on the green,
Our faes their left did ca', Willie, 25