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Frae the friends and Land I love


Frae the friends and Land I love, Driv'n by Fortune's felly spite; Frae my best Beloved I rove, Never mair to taste delight. Never mair maun hope to find Ease frae toil, relief frae care: When Remembrance wracks the mind, Pleasures but unveil Despair. Brightest climes shall mirk appear, Desart ilka blooming shore; Till the Fates, nae mair severe, Friendship, Love and Peace restore. Till Revenge, wi' laurell'd head, Bring our Banished hame again; And ilk loyal, bonie lad Cross the seas, and win his ain.

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Shirley Henderson

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1792 and is read here by Shirley Henderson.

Themes for this song

jacobitism nationalism unhappiness

Selected for 24 July

Our previous selection praised the Covenanters who fought to keep Episcopalian worship out of Scotland. To the puritan inclined Presbyterians it smacked of 'Popery'. It was on the 23rd of July that 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' landed on the island of Eriskay to lay claim to Britain for the Stuart line and the Roman Catholic faith. By the 24th, Charles's campaign was well underway. We offer here in commemoration of that doomed undertaking, another of Burns's Jacobite poems.

Donny O'Rourke

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