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Pibroch of Donuil Dhu

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Pibroch of Donuil Dhu. 

Words by Sir Walter Scott. 

Arranged by John S. Macgregor. 


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 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 Inverlocky; 

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 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. 

Paul Burns has already sent us a rendition of the Pibroch O Donuil Dhu.

He says; “It was published in 1822 however the music I play is a variation in Key of A major not  B flat as in the printed music, as a personal choice.”
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