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Scotland and the Scots, 1707-2007

Christian Auer

VII. Politics, radicalism and national identity

44. Is Scotland to Get Home Rule? 1892

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1This is one example of the many pamphlets on Home Rule for Scotland which were published at the end of the nineteenth century.

2Pamphlets on Home Rule, 1892, 11/15 (National Library of Scotland).

Wake! Scotland, wake! From thy long sleep,
Thy foes with stealthy footsteps creep,
And try to rob thee of thy name,
The dowry of a deathless fame,
Which Wallace, Bruce, and Douglas true,
Let as a heritage to you.
With sneering lip and scornful glance,
They look upon thy broken lance
And fettered limbs–thy treaty torn,
A nation of its freedom shorn.

  • 11 John Morley (1838-1923) was elected to Parliament in 1883. He was Chief Secretary of Ireland (in 1 (...)

Rouse! Scotland, rouse! From sloth and fear,
Again the cry of freemen hear,
That Scotland to herself is true;
Nor will consent her lion’ s paw
Shall chestnuts from the furnace draw;
Nor slave to party, but shall fight,
And strike a blow for her own right;
No more to England will we bow,
But hold aloft our manly brow.

Shame! Scotland, shame! To be the slave
Of every canting English knave.
Shall London lawyers loudly brag
They’ve but to come with carpet bag,
And stroke thee down with flattering speech,
And tell thee how they’ll wisely teach,
Along the English road to trudge,
A patient, loyal, obedient drudge?
They have no wish her chains to sever,
‘Tis Ireland now, but Scotland never!

Rise! Scotland rise! In all thy might,
With vision clear and aspect bright;
From distant isles, from hill and dale,
From mountain hoar, and lowly vale,
From barren glen and fertile strath,
By metalled road or mountain path,
From teeming workshop, mart, or street,
Let all the sons of Scotland meet,
A true, a loyal, a patriot band,
And sweep all traitors from the land.


11 John Morley (1838-1923) was elected to Parliament in 1883. He was Chief Secretary of Ireland (in 1886 and from 1892 to 1895) and Secretary of State for India (from 1905 to 1910 and in 1911).

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