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CAM' YE BY ATHOLL
 James Hogg

 
                                        Cam' ye by Atholl, lad wi' the philabeg,
                                        Down by the Tummel, or banks o' the Gary?
                                        Saw ye the lads, wi' their bonnets an' white cockades,
                                        Leaving their mountains to follow Prince Charlie?
 
                                        Chorus:
                                        Follow thee, follow thee, wha wadna follow thee?
                                        Lang hast thou loved an' trusted us fairly!
                                        Charlie, Charlie, wha wadna follow thee?
                                        King o' the Highland hearts, bonnie Prince Charlie.
 
                                        I hae but ae son, my gallant young Donald;
                                        But if I had ten, they should follow Glengarry;
                                        Health to McDonald, and gallant Clan-Ronald,
                                        For these are the men that will die for their Charlie.
 
                                        I'll to Lochiel and Appin, and kneel to them;
                                        Down to Lord Murray and Roy of Kildarlie;
                                        Brave Mackintosh, he shall fly to the field wi' them;
                                        These are the lads I can trust wi' my Charlie.
 
                                        Down thro' the Lowlands, down wi' the whigamore,
                                        Loyal true Highlanders, down wi' them rarely;
                                        Ronald and Donald drive on wi' the braid claymore,
                                        Over the necks of the foes o' Prince Charlie.
 
Footnote - Prince Charles Edward Stewart's standard was unfurled on 19 August 1745 at Glenfinnan marking the start of the most famous Jacobite Rising which ended tragically on the field of Culloden on 16 April 1746.The events  of 1745 live on in song.
 

 


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