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    Pibroch of Dunald Dhu

    by Sir Walter Scott
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    [This is a very ancient pibroch belonging to Clan MacDonald. The
    words of the set, theme, or melody, to which the pipe variations are
    applied, run thus in Gaelic:-

    Piobaireachd Dhonuil Dhuidh, piobaireachd Dhonuil;
    Piobaireachd Dhonuil Dhuidh, piobaireachd Dhonuil;
    Piobaireachd Dhonuil Dhuidh, piobaireachd Dhonuil;
    Piob agus bratach air faiche Inverlochi.
    The pipe-summons of Donald the Black,
    The pipe-summons of Donald the Black,
    The war-pipe and the pennon are on the gathering-place
    at Inverlochy.]

    Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
    Pibroch of Donuil,
    Wake thy wild voice anew,
    Summon Clan Conuil.
    Come away, come away,
    Hark to the summons!
    Come in your war array,
    Gentles and commons.

    Come from deep glen, and
    From mountain so rocky,
    The war-pipe and pennon
    Are at Inverlochy.
    Come every hill-plaid, and
    True heart that wears one,
    Come every steel blade, and
    Strong hand that bears one.

    Leave untended the herd,
    The flock without shelter;
    Leave the corpse uninterr'd,
    The bride at the altar;
    Leave the deer, leave the steer,
    Leave nets and barges:
    Come with your fighting gear,
    Broadswords and targes.

    Come as the winds come, when
    Forests are rended;
    Come as the waves come, when
    Navies are stranded:
    Faster come, faster come,
    Faster and faster,
    Chief, vassal, page and groom,
    Tenant and master.

    Fast they come, fast they come;
    See how they gather!
    Wide waves the eagle plume,
    Blended with heather.
    Cast your plaids, draw your blades,
    Forward each man set!
    Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
    Knell for the onset!

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