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Songs That Every Child Should Know 135
Scots Wha Hae
(Scotch National Hymn)
Air has been traced back to a date as early as 1512. It was then sung as Now the Day Dawis. Burns probably wrote the words after a thunder­storm in August of 1793. He sprung it on his friend, John Syme, with whom Burns was walking in the rain, and ostensibly it was an im­promptu performance. B\ t this habit of Burns was misleading, and doubtless the words had been fully conceived and well polished long before that rainy-day walk.
Wha will be a traitor knave? Wha will fill a coward's grave? Wha sae base as be a slave? Let him turn and flee! Wha for Scotland's King and law Freedom's sword will freely draw, Freeman stand, or freeman fa'? Let him follow me!
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