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Norsk Reinländer
On August 23, 1305
Sir William Wallace was executed. He was captured and became the first person to endure the agonies of being hanged, drawn and quartered.
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The Minstrel Boy
(Thomas Moore)
The minstrel boy to the war is gone
In the ranks of death you will find him
His father's sword he hath girded on
And his wild harp slung behind him

"Land of Song!" said the warrior bard
"Though all the world betrays thee
One sword, at least, thy rights shall guard,
One faithful harp shall praise thee!"

The Minstrel fell! But the foeman's chain
Could not bring that proud soul under
The harp he lov'd ne'er spoke again
For he tore its chords asunder

And said "No chains shall sully thee
Thou soul of love and bravery!
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
They shall never sound in slavery!"
Air "the Moreen" ancient Irish air.
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