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HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN

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Whence straight he came with hat and wig,

A wig that flow'd behind,
A hat not much the worse for wear,

Each comely in its kind.

He held them up, and in his turn

Thus show'd his ready wit, “My head is twice as big as yours,

They therefore needs must fit.

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“But let me scrape the dirt away

That hangs upon your face;
And stop and eat, for well you may

Be in a hungry case.”

Said John, “It is my wedding day,

And all the world would stare, If wife should dine at Edmonton,

And I should dine at Ware."

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So turning to his horse, he said,

“I am in haste to dine; 'Twas for your pleasure you came here,

You shall go back for mine."

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Ah luckless speech, and bootless boast !

For which he paid full dear;
For, while he spake, a braying ass

Did sing most loud and clear;

Whereat his horse did snort, as he

Had heard a lion roar,
And gallop'd off with all his might,

As he had done before.

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Away went Gilpin, and away

Went Gilpin's hat and wig:
He lost them sooner than at first,

For why? — they were too big.

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Now Mistress Gilpin, when she saw

Her husband posting down
Into the country far away,

She pull’d out half a crown;

And thus unto the youth she said,

That drove them to the Bell, “This shall be yours, when you bring back

My husband safe and well."

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The youth did ride, and soon did meet

John coming back amain;
Whom in a trice he tried to stop,

By catching at his rein;

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But not performing what he meant,

And gladly would have done,
The frighted steed he frighted more,

And made him faster run.

HISTORY OF JOHN GILPIN

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Away went Gilpin, and away

Went postboy at his heels,
The postboy's horse right glad to miss

The lumbering of the wheels.

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Six gentlemen upon the road,

Thus seeing Gilpin fly,
With postboy scampering in the rear,

They raised the hue and cry :

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"Stop thief! stop thief ! - a highwayman!"

Not one of them was mute;
And all and each that passed that way

Did join in the pursuit.

And now the turnpike gates again

Flew open in short space;
The toll-men thinking as before,

That Gilpin rode a race.

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And so he did, and won it too,

For he got first to town;
Nor stopp'd till where he had got up

He did again get down.

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Now let us sing, “Long live the king,

And Gilpin long live he;"
And when he next doth ride abroad,

May I be there to see!

ROBERT BURNS

SCOTLAND, 1759–1796

Bannockburn

Robert Bruce's Address to his Army

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to your gory bed

Or to victorie!

Now's the day, and now's the hour;
See the front o' battle lower;
See approach proud Edward's power

Chains and slaverie !

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Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward's grave ?
Wha sae base as be a slave ?

Let him turn and flee!

Wha for Scotland's king and law
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or freeman fa',

Let him follow me!

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By oppression's woes and pains !
By your sons in servile chains !
We will drain our dearest veins,

But they shall be free!

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MY HEART'S IN THE HIGHLANDS

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Lay the proud usurpers low !
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow !-

Let us do or die!

My Heart's in the Highlands

My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,
The birthplace of valor, the country of worth:
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands forever I love.

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Farewell to the mountains high covered with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.
My heart's in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart's in the Highlands a-chasing the deer;
Chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart's in the Highlands, wherever I go.

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