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414. Impromptu on Dumourier's Desertion of the French Republican Army

YOU’RE welcome to Despots, Dumourier;
You’re welcome to Despots, Dumourier:
How does Dampiere do?
Ay, and Bournonville too?
Why did they not come along with you, Dumourier?

I will fight France with you, Dumourier;
I will fight France with you, Dumourier;
I will fight France with you,
I will take my chance with you;
By my soul, I’ll dance with you, Dumourier.

Then let us fight about, Dumourier;
Then let us fight about, Dumourier;
Then let us fight about,
Till Freedom’s spark be out,
Then we’ll be d-d, no doubt, Dumourier.


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Poem 414. Impromptu on Dumourier's Desertion of the French Republican Army - Robert Burns