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FLOWER OF SCOTLAND



“Flower of Scotland” is a Scottish song (originally composed on the Northumbrian smallpipes) written by Roy Williamson of the folk group
"The Corries", and presented in 1967.

It has supplanted “Scotland the Brave” as national anthem.
  

This patriotic song celebrating both the beautiful scenery of Scotland and the victory of Scottish patriots, "the Flower" (i.e. the bravest) against the English invaders. Led by Robert the Bruce, the Scots defeated the "proud" Edward II of England’s army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 and won nearly four centuries of independence.
The second verse says he hopes to see Scotland become an independent nation.

    

The song was adopted as the pre-game anthem during the 1990 Five Nations championship which culminated in the deciding match between Scotland and England, which Scotland won 13-7 to win the Grand Slam. It was definitely adopted as National Anthem by the Scottish rugby board in 1993.

                          





FLOWER OF SCOTLAND LYRICS


The version below is from The Corries.





O Flower of Scotland,
When will we see
Your like again,
That fought and died for,
Your wee bit Hill and Glen,
And stood against him,
Proud Edward’s Army,
And sent him homeward,
Tae think again.

The Hills are bare now,
And Autumn leaves
lie thick and still,
O’er land that is lost now,
Which those so dearly held,
That stood against him,
Proud Edward’s Army,
And sent him homeward,
Tae think again.

Those days are past now,
And in the past
they must remain,
But we can still rise now,
And be the nation again,
That stood against him,
Proud Edward’s Army,
And sent him homeward,
Tae think again.

O Flower of Scotland,
When will we see
Your like again,
That fought and died for,
Your wee bit Hill and Glen,
And stood against him,
Proud Edward’s Army,
And sent him homeward,
Tae think again.

  

  Ô Fleur d’Ecosse
  Quand reverrons-nous
  Les hommes dignes
  Ceux qui se sont battus et sont morts pour
  Tes minuscules collines et vallées
  Et se sont dressés contre lui
  Le fier Edouard et son armée
  Et l’ont renvoyé chez lui
  Pour qu’il y réfléchisse à deux fois.

  Les collines sont désertes à présent
  Et les feuilles d’automne
  gisent en recouvrant d’un manteau épais et silencieux
  un pays aujourd’hui perdu
  Si chèrement défendu par ces hommes
  Ceux qui se sont dressés contre lui
  Le fier Edouard et son armée
  Et l’ont renvoyé chez lui
  Pour qu’il y réfléchisse à deux fois.

  Désormais, ces temps sont du passé
  Et dans le passé
  ils doivent demeurer
  Mais nous pouvons encore nous lever
  Et redevenir cette nation
  Qui s’était dressée contre lui
  Le fier Edouard et son armée
  Et l’ont renvoyé chez lui
  Pour qu’il y réfléchisse à deux fois.

  Ô Fleur d’Ecosse
  Quand reverrons-nous
  Les hommes dignes
  Ceux qui se sont battus et sont morts pour
  Tes minuscules collines et vallées
  Et se sont dressés contre lui
  Le fier Edouard et son armée
  Et l’ont renvoyé chez lui
  Pour qu’il y réfléchisse à deux fois.



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