William McCarty, comp. The American National Song Book. 1842.
The Scotch Emigrant
By Thomas Muir (17651798)
Thomas Muir, a native of Scotland and a lawyer, was a distinguished member of the celebrated convention in favour of parliamentary reform, which assembled in that country in 1793. In 17945 Mr. Muir was tried, convicted, and sentenced to Botany Bay for fourteen years, for having permitted his hairdresser to take from his table Thomas Paines Rights of Man. Muir was, with the eloquent Gerald, Margarot, and other Scotch and English reformers, actually transported to Botany Bay, where a majority of them died. Muir has been dead more than twenty years.
BLOW, blow, ye breezes, oer the western main,
And bear the lingering vessels from the shore,
The shore beloved! beloved, alas! in vain,
Which these dim eyes, through tears, een yet explore.