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526. Song—The Dumfries Volunteers

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 DOES haughty Gaul invasion threat?
 Then let the louns beware, Sir;
There’s wooden walls upon our seas,
 And volunteers on shore, Sir:
The Nith shall run to Corsincon,
 And Criffel sink in Solway,
Ere we permit a Foreign Foe
 On British ground to rally!
We’ll ne’er permit a Foreign Foe
 On British ground to rally!


O let us not, like snarling curs,
 In wrangling be divided,
Till, slap! come in an unco loun,
 And wi’ a rung decide it!
Be Britain still to Britain true,
 Amang ourselves united;
For never but by British hands
 Maun British wrangs be righted!
No! never but by British hands
 Shall British wrangs be righted!


The Kettle o’ the Kirk and State,
 Perhaps a clout may fail in’t;
But deil a foreign tinkler loun
 Shall ever ca’a nail in’t.
Our father’s blude the Kettle bought, And wha wad dare to spoil it; By Heav’ns! the sacrilegious dog Shall fuel be to boil it! By Heav’ns! the sacrilegious dog Shall fuel be to boil it! The wretch that would a tyrant own, And the wretch, his true-born brother, Who would set the Mob aboon the Throne, May they be damn’d together! Who will not sing “God save the King,” Shall hang as high’s the steeple; But while we sing “God save the King,” We’ll ne’er forget THE PEOPLE! But while we sing “God save the King,” We’ll ne’er forget THE PEOPLE!

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