The Flower of Scotland

Posted on 21. Nov, 2011 by in #vlomo2011

Those days are passed now

And in the past they must remain

But we can still rise now

And be the nation again

That stood against him

Proud Edward’s army

And sent him homeward

Tae think again

 

At the Annual Gaelic festival in Minnawarra Park in Armadale Western Australia I caught the last verse (all 3 verses below) of the unofficial Scottish National Anthem -The Flower of Scotland -  at a time when there is more serious talk of Scotland becoming  an independent nation again.  This song refers to the Scottish victory at Bannockburn in 1307 but also acknowledges Scotland’s  defeat and long rule by England – particularly in the second verse. The anthem  is followed by the  traditional 100 Pipers which reminds me that not all victory and defeat, nor indeed glory are all in the past.

A very nice Scottish rendition of the Flower of Scotland is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ5fLBEpKo8 The comments give a flavor of the feelings it arouses.

O flower of Scotland

When will we see your like again

That fought and died for

Your wee bit hill and glen

And stood against him

Proud Edward’s army

And sent him homeward

Tae think again

 

The hills are bare now

And autumn leaves lie thick and still

O’er land that is lost now

Which those so dearly held

And stood against him

Proud Edward’s army

And sent him homeward

Tae think again

 

Those days are passed now

And in the past they must remain

But we can still rise now

And be the nation again

That stood against him

Proud Edward’s army

And sent him homeward

Tae think again

 

 

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