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'A Farewell to Arbroath'
Anonymous

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ARBROATH, farewell ! thou much-loved scene,
Where kindness winged each passing day ;
In thee so blest our stay has been,
With pain we force ourselves away.

But though the parting trumpet's sound
Now bids us leave thy friendly shore,
Arbroath shall oft be pledged around
The social tables in Strathmore.

And should a foe insult this coast,—
Where long may peace and plenty reign !—
Should danger rouse your loyal host,
To prove the impious menace vain,

Whate'er the patriot's bosom warms,
The civic, the fraternal tie,
Shall summon us to friends in arms,
With them to conquer or to die.

Ye matrons kind, ye nymphs so fair,
Who charmed us with endearing smiles,
For such as you we'll proudly share
The soldier's dangers and his toils.



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These verses were left one morning in the autumn of 1799 in the Arbroath coffee-room. They bear to have been written by a member of the Meigle and Coupar Yeomanry Cavalry, a detachment of which regiment had been quartered in the town.

They were published originally in a contemporary periodical called the 'Arbroath Magazine.' The verses are an outcome of the military fervour of the time, but suggest a not unpleasant social aspect of the mustering of bodies of volunteers.

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Commentary extracted from 'Round about the Round O with its Poets', 1883.
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