Familiar Songs - Their Authors & Histories

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Sir Walter Scott founded this song, which first appeared in his novel "The Monastery," upon an old one called "General Leslie's March to Long-Marston Moor,'r which appeared in Allan Eamsay's "Tea-Table Miscellany" marked as ancient and of unknown origin. It furnishes so good an example of the way in which Scott, Burns, and other Scottish poets built up fine songs from poor shreds of material, that I copy it:
March, march, why the deil dinnn yc march?
Stand to your arms, my l:tds, fight in good order! Front about, ye musketeers all, Till ye come to the English Border.
Stand till't and fight like men,
True gospel to maintain; The Parliament's blythe to see us a-coming.
When to the kirk we come,
We'll purge it ilka room Fra Popish relics and a' sic innovation,
That a' the world may see
There's nane in the right but we Of the auld Scottish nation.
Jenny shall wear the hood, Jockie the sark of God; And the kist fu' o' whistles that niak's sic a cleiro, Our piper braw Shall hae them a' Whate'er come on it: Busk up your plaids, my lads,