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25th January 2007

Robert Burns – A celebration!

Posted in: LASSCO News

Amid his many works we came across this ballad on our very own Duke of Brunswick, and well, as its Burns Day today, we thought we'd paste it on our news page!

On the Duke of Brunswick’s Breaking up his Camp and the defeat of the Austrian, by Dumourier, November 1792 A Tippling Ballad

When Princes and Prelates,
And hot-headed zealots,
A'Europe had set in a low, a low,
The poor man lies down,
Nor envies a crown,
And comforts himself as he dow, as he dow,
And comforts himself as he dow.

The black-headed eagle,
As keen as a beagle,
He hunted o'er height and o'er howe,
In the braes o' Gemappe,
He fell in a trap,
E'en let him come out as he dow, dow, dow,
E'en let him come out as he dow.

But truce with commotions,
And new-fangled notions,
A bumper, I trust you'll allow;
Here's George our good king,
And Charlotte his queen,
And lang may they ring as they dow, dow, dow,
And lang may they ring as they dow.

By Robert Burns

The Black Brunswicker

'The Black Brunswicker' by Sir John Everett Millais, depicting one of the 700 volunteer hussars under the command of the Duke of Brunswick.