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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
347. Song—Ye Jacobites by Name
 
 
YE Jacobites by name, give an ear, give an ear,
Ye Jacobites by name, give an ear,
  Ye Jacobites by name,
  Your fautes I will proclaim,
Your doctrines I maun blame, you shall hear.        5
 
What is Right, and What is Wrang, by the law, by the law?
What is Right and what is Wrang by the law?
  What is Right, and what is Wrang?
  A short sword, and a lang,
A weak arm and a strang, for to draw.        10
 
What makes heroic strife, famed afar, famed afar?
What makes heroic strife famed afar?
  What makes heroic strife?
  To whet th’ assassin’s knife,
Or hunt a Parent’s life, wi’ bluidy war?        15
 
Then let your schemes alone, in the state, in the state,
Then let your schemes alone in the state.
  Then let your schemes alone,
  Adore the rising sun,
And leave a man undone, to his fate.        20
 

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