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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Both Sides the Tweed

Dublin-born singer Mary Black
Being an American hybrid mutt, with genes from the north of England, Scotland, Eire, Germany, Yakama, Nez Perce and various Old Viking-days anonymous Scandinavians, I can resonate with any of them. This day my heart cries out for healing, both of our land and of our world ~ and also for various people and families I love who are in need of healing.

"Both sides the Tweed" is a re-working by singer Dick Gaughan of a traditional song from 1707 attributed to James Hogg about the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England. It is in contention for a new Scottish National anthem.

Both Sides the Tweed
What's the spring-breathing jasmine and rose ?
What's the summer with all its gay train
Or the splendour of autumn to those
Who've bartered their freedom for gain?

Let the love of our land's sacred rights
To the love of our people succeed
Let friendship and honour unite
And flourish on both sides the Tweed.

No sweetness the senses can cheer
Which corruption and bribery bind
No brightness that gloom can e'er clear
For honour's the sum of the mind

Let virtue distinguish the brave
Place riches in lowest degree
Think them poorest who can be a slave
Them richest who dare to be free

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