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Good night and joy be wi' ye

Language: English

The old chieftain to his sons 
Good night and joy be wi' ye a';
Your harmless mirth has cheer'd my heart:
May life's fell blasts out o'er ye blaw!
In sorrow may ye never part!
My spirit lives, but strength is gone;
The mountain fires now blaze in vain:
Remember, sons, the deeds I've done,
And in your deeds I'll live again.
When on yon muir our gallant clan
Frae boasting foes their banners tore,
Wha show'd himsel a better man,
Or fiercer wav'd the red claymore?
But when in peace, -- then mark me there --
When thro' the glen the wanderer came,
I gave him of our hardy fare,
I gave him here a welcome hame.
The auld will speak, the young maun hear,
Be canty, but be good and leal;
Your ain ills ay ha'e heart to bear,
Anither's ay ha'e heart to feel.
So, ere I set, I'll see you shine,
I'll see you triumph ere I fa':
My parting breath shall boast you mine:
Good night and joy be wi' ye a'!

Muir = moor
Claymore = broad sword
Maun = must
Canty = cheerful
Leal = loyal

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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Text added to the website: 2009-07-05.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:17
Line count: 25
Word count: 175

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