Restoration and Revolution

King Charles II

Scotland is under tribute
to foreigners without justice
above the right of taxation
that is the part of my sore plight.

We are plundered by the English,
despoiled, slain and murdered;
we must have caused our Father anger
for we are neglected and poor.

Like the Children of Israel
in bondage to the King of Egypt,
we have the same standing:
they call us only ‘Jock.’

The Gaelic Poet: Iain Lom’s Lament
on the state of Scotland after Cromwell’s conquest.


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