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Wha'll Be King But Charlie?

Scottish Song By Carolina Nairne

Wha'll Be King But Charlie? is a Scottish song written by Carolina Nairne (1766–1845), a Jacobite song about the gathering of the clans and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Wha'll Be King But Charlie?

Wha'll Be King But Charlie? By Carolina Nairne

The news frae Moidart cam' yestreen,
Will soon gar monie ferlie;
For ships o' war hae just came in,
And landit Royal Charlie.

Chorus
Come thro' the heather, around him gather,
Ye're a' the welcomer early;
Around him cling wi' a' your kin;
For wha'll be King but Charlie?
Come thro' the heather, around him gather,
Come Ronald come Donald, come a' thegither,
And crown your rightfu' lawfu' King!
For wha'll be King but Charlie?

The Hieland clans, wi' sword in hand,
Frae John o' Groats to Airlie,
Hae to a man declared to stand
Or fa' wi' Royal Charlie.

Chorus

The lowlands a', baith great an' sma',
Wi' mony a Lord and Laird, hae
Declar'd for Scotia's king an' law,
An speir ye wha but Charlie.

Chorus

There's ne'er a lass in a' the lan'
But vows baith late an' early,
She'll ne'er to man gie her heart nor han',
Wha wadna fecht for Charlie.

Chorus

Then there's a health to Charlie's cause,
And be't complete an' early;
His very name our heart's blood warms;
Tae arms for Royal Charlie!

Wha'll Be King But Charlie? Song Image
Wha'll Be King But Charlie? Song - From The Wood's Edition Of The Songs Of Scotland


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