Extempore (on The Loyal Natives' Verses)

Ye true 'Loyal Natives', attend to my song, In uproar and riot rejoice the night long; From envy and hatred your corps is exempt; But where is your shield from the darts of contempt?


Cal Macaninch

About this work

This is a poem by Robert Burns. It was written in 1794 and is read here by Cal Macaninch.

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The Loyal Natives was a conservative political club which was formed on the 18 January 1793, with the aim of ‘Supporting the Laws and constitution of the Country’.

They also produced some verses attacking Burns, John Syme, Dr James Maxwell and James Mundell. Burns penned this as a response, and he also attacked them in the Dumfries Epigrams.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this poem

politics drink poetry

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