Fair Scotland! dear as life to me
Are thy majestic hills,
And sweet as purest melody
The music of thy rills.
The wildest cairn, the darkest dell,
Within thy rocky strand,
Possess o'er me a living spell-
Thou art my native land.
Loved country, when I muse upon
Thy dauntless men of old,
Whose swords in battle foremost shon-
Thy Wallace brave and bold;
And Bruce who, for our liberty,
Did England's sway withstand;
I glory I was born in thee,
Mine own ennobled land!
Nor less thy martyrs I revere,
Who spent their latest breath
To seal the cause they held so dear,
And conquer'd even in death.
Their graves en\vince, o'er hill and
No bigot's stern command
Shall mould the faith thy sons
My dear devoted land.
Anad thou hast ties around my heart,
Attraction deeper still-
The gifted poet's sacred art,
The minstrel's matchless skill.
Yea; every scene that Burns and Scott
Have touch'd with magic hand,
Is in my sight a hallow'd spot,
Mine own distinguish'd land!
Oh! when I wander'd far from thee
I saw thee in my dreams;
I mark'd thy forests waving free,
I heard thy rushing streams.
Thy mighty dead in life came forth,
I knew the honour'd band;
We spoke of thee-thy fame-thy worth-
My high exalted land!
Now if the lonely home be mine
In which my fathers dwelt.
And I can worship at the shrine
Where they in fervour knelt;
No glare of wealth, or honour high,
shall lure me from thy strand;
Oh, I would yield my parting sigh
In thee, my native land!
Thanks to Jean Watson for sending this