M'Pherson's Rant

Robert Burns 1759 (Alloway) – 1796 (Dumfries)



Farewell, ye dungeons dark and strong,
The wretch's destinie!
M'Pherson's time will not be long
On yonder gallows-tree.

Chorus:
Sae rantingly, sae wantonly,
Sae dauntingly gaed he;
He play'd a spring , and danc'd it round,
Below the gallows-tree.

O, what is death but parting breath?
On many a bloody plain
I've dared his face, and in this place
I scorn him yet again!
Sae rantingly, &c.

Untie these bands from off my hands,
And bring me to my sword;
And there's no a man in all Scotland
But I'll brave him at a word.
Sae rantingly, &c.

I've liv'd a life of sturt and strife;
I die by treacherie:
It burns my heart I must depart,
And not avenged be.
Sae rantingly, &c.

Now farewell light, thou sunshine bright,
And all beneath the sky!
May coward shame distain his name,
The wretch that dares not die!
Sae rantingly, &c.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 21, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme abac xccxc xbxbC xxxxC xcxcC xdxdC
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 800
Words 151
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 4, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

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