Buxom dame of Reading, or, The cuckold's cap (1)/Wallace's Lament after the Battle of Falkirk

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Wallace's Lament after the Battle of Falkirk.

Tune—Maids of Arrochar.

THOU dark winding Carton once pleasing to see,
To me thou can’st never give pleasure again,
My brave Caledonians lie low on the lee,
And thy streams are deep ting’d with the blood of the slain.

’Twas base hearted treachery that doom’d our undoing,
My poor bleeding country, what more can I do?
Ev’n Valour looks pale o’er the red field of ruin,
And freedom beholds her best warriors laid low.

Farewel ye dear partners of peril! farewel!
Tho’ buried ye lie in one wide bloody grave,
Your deeds shall ennoble the place where you fell,
And your names be enroll’d with the sons of the brave.

But I, a poor outcast, in exile must wander,
Perhaps, like a traitor ignobly must die!
On thy wrongs, O my country! indignant I ponder—
Ah! (illegible text)to the hour when thy Wallace must fly!

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.