Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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BONNIE DUNDEE.(torn page)
nills beyond Pentland, and lands 4 ~»nd Forth, e's lords in the Lowlands, there's chiefs in the North; e are brave Duinnewassals three thousand times three, vVill cry 'Hey for the bonnet of Bonnie Dundee.'
Come fill up my cup, etc.
"There's brass on the target of barkened bull-hide :
There's steel in the scabbard that dangles beside ;
The brass shall be burnished, the steel shall flash free,
At a toss of the bonnet of Bonnie Dundee. Come fill up my cup, etc.
" Then awa' to the hills, to the caves, to the rocks! Ere I own a usurper I'll crouch with the fox; And tremble, false Whigs, in the midst o' your glee, Ye hae no seen the last o' my bonnet and me." Come fill up my cup, etc.
He waved his proud hand, and the trumpets were biown,
The kettle-drums clashed, and the horsemen
rode on,
Till on Ravelston's cliffs and on Clermiston's lea
Died away the wild war-notes of Bonnie Dundee.
Come fill up my cup, come fill up my can, Come saddle the horses and call up the men, Come open your gates and let me gae free, For it's up wi'the bonnets of Bonnie Dundee.
This is the "boat-song" in the second canto of Scott's "Lady of the Lake." The song is intended to imitate the jorrams, or boat-songs of the Highlanders, which were usually composed in honor of a favorite chief. These boat-songs are adapted to the measure of the oars, and it is easy to distinguish between those intended to be sung to the quick, short stroke of a common boat, and those made to suit the long sweep of a galley oar.
The air of " Hail to the Chief" was written by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop.