Bruces March on Bannockburn

Those of you who enjoyed Braveheart should like this poem by Bobby Burns on the battle of Bannockburn, where Bruce avenged the death of Wallace.

Robert Bruce’s March To Bannockburn

1793 by Robert Burns

Scots, who have with Wallace bled,
whom Bruce has often led,
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to Victory!


Nows the day and nows the hour

See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power-
Chains and Slavery!


Who will be a traitor knave?
Who can fill a coward’s grave?

Who  sae base as be a Slave?
Let him turn and flee


who for Scotland‘s King and Law,
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Free-man stand, or Free-man fa’,
Let him on
wi’ me!


By your Sons in servile chains!
By Oppression’s woes and pains!

We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!


Lay the proud Usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!

Liberty‘s in every blow!-
Let us Do
or Die!


Tyranny comes in many forms and we’d be wise to remember the courage of our torefathers and their love of independence and freedom, as well as Paul the Apostles call to spiritual battle, given in Ephesians 6:10-13, ” Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,  against the rulers of darkness or this age, against spirtitual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly  places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.


   William Wallace to his son;

   “Dico Tibi Verum, Libertas Optima Rerum: Nunquam Servili Sub Nexu Vivito, Fili, ”          

Translated :    ” My Son,  I tell thee true,  freedom is best of all things to be won. Then never live within the Bond of Slavery.”

No source found yet, though since its in Latin, there probably is a written source.




About notmanynoble

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2 Responses to Bruces March on Bannockburn

    • markho says:

      Yeah, Tony, I may be an old fuddy duddy, but I like Burns, He was very straight forward. He never developed much of a walk with the Lord, but his fathers Chritianity left a mark on him he could never shake off and is reflected in a lot of his work. “Saturday Night at a Cotters Hut” is a tribute to his fathers household and is said to be auto- biographical.


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