STOLEN SAINT MARGARET'S CHAPEL RE-VISITED WITH ROBERT BURNS


The Union Jack waves triumphantly over Edinburgh Castle.


We finished our story on the Chapel stolen for generations, by reflecting on the subsequent stealing of Scotland, the country its Crown and its self-respect, by the English

Hear now the great Scots poet Robert Burns, writing in 1791 and reflecting on the Acts of Union of 1707:




Such a Parcel Of Rogues in the Nation
by Robert Burns

"Fareweel to a’ our Scottish fame,

Fareweel our ancient glory!

Fareweel ev’n to the Scottish name.

Sae famed in martial story!


Now Sark rins over Salway sands,

An’ Tweed rins to the ocean,

To mark where England’s province stands —

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!



What force or guile could not subdue

Thro’ many warlike ages

Is wrought now by a coward few

For hireling traitor’s wages.


The English steel we could disdain,

Secure in valour’s station;

But English gold has been our bane —

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!



O, would, or I had seen the day

That Treason thus could sell us,

My auld grey head had lien in clay

Wi’ Bruce and loyal Wallace!


But pith and power, till my last hour

I’ll mak this declaration :-

‘We’re bought and sold for English gold’—

Such a parcel of rogues in a nation!"



But first, they had sold out their Faith.

FAITH BETRAYED

Robert Burns
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