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Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation (Robert Burns) Fareweel to a' our Scottish fame Fareweel our ancient glory Fareweel e'en to the Scottish name So famed in martial story Now Sark runs to the Solway sands And Tweed runs to the ocean To mark where England's province stands Such a parcel o' rogues in a nation What force or guile could not subdue Through many warlike ages Is wrought now by a coward few For hireling traitor's wages The English steel we could disdain Secure in valour's station But English gold has been our bane Such a parcel o' rogues in a nation O would ere I had seen the day That treason thus could sell us My auld grey heid had lien in clay Wi' Bruce and loyal Wallace But pith find power till my last hour I'll mak this declaration We're bought and sold for English gold Such a parcel o' rogues in a nation The "rogues" concerned are the members of the Scottish parliament who signed the Act of Union with England in 1707. A very powerful song, but hardly suitable for a national anthem in my opinion. JY Recorded by Dick Gaughan; by Steeleye Span on Parcel of Rogues; also by the Corries and the Dubliners SOF
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