Noo men, gie me attention noo a meenit.
Theres nae muckle time for speakin an I harangued ye lang eneuch
yestreen. I spak o haudin tae yer place an hoo aa depends on that hoo
ye mauna brak the dispositions we hae practised. Thae laist three month
yeve wrocht fu hard, sweatin an strainin, an aye on the go. I haena
gien ye muckle rest I ken but its aa been for this ae day. Were
tryin a terrible an glorious thing. Believe me nane kens better than
mysel what Im askin ye tae dae. The heavyairmit men an ironwrappit
horse hae lang been the hert o an airmys micht. Blawin up wi greed an
pride they hae become the very symbol o oppressive pooer an yonder i
the English lines ye can see them at their heichest. God hae mercy on us
for we are gaun forrit agin them on fute agin their horse little
armour but spear, or aixe or sword. Its never been dune afore but as
ye hae wrocht, I hae wrocht an I think I hae made siccar that it will
be dune the day (growling cheers of assent from the MEN
which the KING causes to subside by continuing with a shout)
if ye haud at them haud at them an never back an inch. An
when the airrows o their archers come lichtenin on ye dinna flinch
thinkin o Falkirk. There your schiltroms stude open tae the hail that
struck them doon stuide steady an bravely waitin the chairge o horse
but stood defenceless ower lang. That will no happen the day. We haena
muckle horse but what we hae, under guid Sir Robert Keith Im haudin
back the attack the English airchers as soon as they stain harassin
ye. An at Falkirk ye waited for their cavalry. Were no waitin the day.
Our schiltroms maun gae forrit an maun keep unbroken. Then their horse
will come at us ye maun tak the shock o their weicht
an keep aye that pressin forrit.
See them yonder
oppressors an tyrants ilka ane o them.
What dae they hae here? Hames tae defend Na! Wife an bairns the care
for Na! Hae they ony memories o their forefaithers amang thae hills an
glens ony crofts or fields? Na! No a thing. Aa that belangs the them
is hunders o miles awa. Naething but greed an lust for pooer brings them
here. Yet theyre but men. Somewey i the crook o the thochts o ilka ane
o them theres a mindin o their ain country, their hame. Tae that they
can retreat an be safe. They can afford tae be beatin. Cin we but dunt
them sair eneuch theyll brak an flee tae whaur they ken theyll be
safe. But for us whaur is there safety? Whaur can we retreat tae if we suld fail? Tae the hills, tae begin again aa the hidin an weary warslin
o the laist ten or twenty, no, thirty years. This is oor hame, this
Scotland, this oor kingdom, oor hearth, oor bairn an wife, oor law an
custom. Here on this field is aa that we possess lockit deep i the hert
o ilka ane os. They can afford tae lose we canna. For us theres nae
safety baur we win. Determine noo that raither than slip back that
temptin inch that micht seem tae gie safety i the heat o battle well
raither step anither inch forrit tae siccar daith for that will gie
victory an freedom, the them that live on tae the auld, an the wives
an bairns, tae oor everlaistin Scotland. The inch step back micht save
oursels for the meenit but if we lose this day its daith an torture
nae only for aa o oorsels but for ilka ane o oor fowk unless they gie
in tae become the slaves, the beasts o burden, the baubles o the English
an Scotland wad be forgotten an auld tale o the past jist a bit o
Englands dominions a province
a shire. Wull ye lat that be? Was it for that, that
lang, lang ago yer faithers stoppt imperial Rome? Think on it! Through
aa lang history this pairt o the world hae never been ocht else but free.
This day we hae the chance tae keep that honour savit clear.
This is oor glory
That Scotland is oor Kingdom, that
Alane dae we acknowledge
that this day
We live i freedom
an this nicht
Gin we be deid, we keepit liberty
Richt tae the end.
English trumpets sound very near.
Two FRIARS enter, bow to the KING,
who acknowledges them, then
They soond their trumpets noo
An say the hoor is come. Noo then wi me
Seek Gods great blessin on oor richt an cause
An Jesus mercy on oor sins
then tak the field.
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