Scotland’s national anthem- O Flower of Scotland

Next weekend marks the final weekend of the RBS 6 Nations 2017. Although the winner has already been decided, we are still excited for the final day of rugby. As a fan of rugby, one of my favourite parts are the National Anthems. Although some may be in English, not all are! So to celebrate the final weekend, each day we will be posting a National Anthem!

Today’s anthem comes from Scotland who play Italy in the first of 3 matches on Saturday.

O Flower of Scotland/ Flùr na h-Alba

 

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.

This song has been the national anthem used at all Scotland rugby matches since 1990. Composed by Roy Williamson in 1967, the anthem was sung by Scots on a Lions tour to South Africa in 1974. The forth verse isn’t normally sung. This anthem is now sung at most of Scotland’s sporting events- from football to Commonwealth games. At home matches, the first two verses are accompanied by bagpipes, with the third verse unaccompanied by any instrument.