Traditional Scottish Songs
- Does Haughty Gaul Invasion Threat?

With a possible threat of invasion by Napoleon, Robert Burns, a representative of the government as result of his position as an excise officer, played a prominent part in the formation of the Dumfries Volunteers. This song was published in many newspapers in the area to encourage recruitment. Even so, Burns views on equality and that the common man was as important as the king, comes through in the last line. This poem is sometimes entitled "The Dumfries Volunteers".

Does Haughty Gaul Invasion Threat?

Does haughty Gaul invasion threat,
Then let the louns bewaure, 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!

O, let us not, like snarling tykes,
In wrangling be divided,
Till, slap! come in an unco' loun,
And wi' a rung decide it!
Be Britain still to Britain true,
Amang oursels united!
For never but by British hands
Maun British wrongs be righted!

The kettle o' the Kirk and State,
Perhaps a clout may fail in't,
But de'il a foreign tinkler loun
Shall ever ca' a nail in't!
Our fathers' blude the kettle bought,
And wha wad dare to spoil it,
By Heavens! the sacrilegious dog
Shall fuel be to boil it!

The wretch that would a tyrant own,
And the wretch, his true-sworn brother,
Who'd set the mob above the throne,
May they be damned 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!

Meaning of unusual words:
Corsincon=hills on the Ayrshire border
Criffel=hills on the Stewartry side of the Nith estuary
unco' loun=uncommon fools

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