Piobaireachd of Donald Dubh
(Black Donald's March)
Sir Walter Scott
Donuil Dubh means Black Donald.  The English words are supposed to be a loose
translation of an older Gaelic song, for which I do not have the words.  The reference in the
song is to the Battle of Inverlochy in 1431.
Pibroch o' Donuil Dubh,
Pibroch o' 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 ev'ry hill plaid
and true heart that wears one,
Come ev'ry 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 alter;
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 o' Donuil Dubh,
knell for the onset!

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