The History of Leith

April 15, 2006

The Second Regiment of Royal Edinburgh Volunteers

This military ballad begins: ‘ARISE and let us now repair / And go away to Heriot’s Green, / The sun doth shine, the day is fair, / To see the Volunteers convene.’ A note below the title states that the ballad should be sung to the tune of ‘O’er the Hills and Far Awa’, which is a traditional English folk song. Although there are no publication details for this sheet, the ballad’s reference to ‘King and Country’ suggests that it was most likely published some time between 1778 and 1837.for more click here

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