Tam Glen (1)/Merrily oh!

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Tam Glen  (1823)  by Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Merrily oh!


Merrily every bosom boundeth,
Merrily oh! merrily oh!
Where the song of freedom soundeth,
Merrily oh! merrily oh!
There the warrior's arms
Shed more splendour,
There the maidens chains
Shine more tender,
Every joy the land surroundeth,
Merrily oh! merrily oh!

Wearily every bosom pineth,
Wearily oh! wearily oh!
Where the bond of slavery twineth,
Wearily oh wearily oh!
There the warrior's dart
Hath no fleetness,
There the maiden's heart
Hath no sweetness,
Every flower of life declineth,
Wearily oh! wearily oh!

Cheerily then from hill and valley,
Cheerily oh! cheerily oh!
From your native mountains sally,
Cheerily oh! cheerily oh!
If a glorious death
Won by bravery,
Sweeter be than breath
Sigh'd in slavery,
Round the flag of freedom rally,
Cheerily oh! cheerily oh!

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.