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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
349. Song—Kenmure’s on and awa, Willie
O KENMURE’S on and awa, Willie,
  O Kenmure’s on and awa:
An’ Kenmure’s lord’s the bravest lord
  That ever Galloway saw.
Success to Kenmure’s band, Willie!        5
  Success to Kenmure’s band!
There’s no a heart that fears a Whig,
  That rides by kenmure’s hand.
Here’s Kenmure’s health in wine, Willie!
  Here’s Kenmure’s health in wine!        10
There’s ne’er a coward o’ Kenmure’s blude,
  Nor yet o’ Gordon’s line.
O Kenmure’s lads are men, Willie,
  O Kenmure’s lads are men;
Their hearts and swords are metal true,        15
  And that their foes shall ken.
They’ll live or die wi’ fame, Willie;
  They’ll live or die wi’ fame;
But sune, wi’ sounding victorie,
  May Kenmure’s lord come hame!        20
Here’s him that’s far awa, Willie!
  Here’s him that’s far awa!
And here’s the flower that I loe best,
  The rose that’s like the snaw.


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