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Cowp'd Bi Caltrops Nar Pelstream Burn




[Bannockburn, Scotland, 24th June, 1314]

Lyrics composed by John Henderson on the 18th March, 2010
to W. T. Purdy's 1909 musicfor the song, 'On Wisconsin'.

"Stan! Guid Scotsmen! See they're comin!
Slaa throw bog an burn;
Leuk hoo aa thur knights oan horseback
Plowter wi ilk turn.
Bide bit langer! Syne we'll clout 'em
Tae the dubs richt doon;
Noo is the oor we'll mak 'em
Flee anse droon!"

"Ging! Guid Scotsmen! Dinna tarry!
Sik wi soord an dirk;
See far caltrops hyter 'em,
Yon's far ye'll dae yir wirk."
....
Sae, King Robert, wi harns weel eesed,
Fechters redd tae dee,
Led wysely aa his airmy
Tae vict'rie !

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Translation into English:

Knocked-Over By Caltrops Near Pelstream Burn (Stream)

"Stand! Good Scotsmen! See they're coming!
Slowly through marsh and stream;
Look how all their knights on horseback
Squelch with every turn.
Hold on a little longer! Then we'll strike them
Right down into the mud;
Now is the hour we'll make them
Flee or drown!"

"Go! Good Scotsmen! Don't hang-back!
Seek with sword and dagger;
See where caltrops make them stumble,
There's where you'll do your work."
....
Thus, King Robert, using his brains well,
Fighters ready to die,
Led all his army wisely
To victory.


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