The Captain's Lady


O Mount and go, Mount and make you ready, O Mount and go, And be the Captain's Lady. When the drums do beat, And the cannons rattle, Thou shalt sit in state, And see thy love in battle. O Mount and go, Mount and make you ready, O Mount and go, And be the Captain's Lady. When the vanquish'd foe Sues for peace and quiet, To the shades we'll go And in love enjoy it. O Mount and go, Mount and make you ready, O Mount and go, And be the Captain's Lady.

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Billy Boyd

About this work

This is a song by Robert Burns. It was written in 1790 and is read here by Billy Boyd.

More about this song

The inspiration for The Captain’s Lady was most probably taken from the old broadside The Liggar Lady: ‘I will away, and I will not tarry;/I will away with a soger laddy: / I’ll mount my baggage and make it ready,/Come well, come woe, I’ll be a soger’s lady’.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this song

war love woman

Selected for 09 November

As poppies sprout on lapels throughout the land, today's selection shows the poet's lifelong ambivalence about warfare. Burns was pacifist by moral inclination but in an age that had not witnessed the nearly cosmic carnage of the First World War, the Bard retained respect for those willing to fight as the Jacobites or French or American revolutionaries had. And there were many 'captains' ladies' of his acquaintance.

Donny O'Rourke

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