My parents were sober living, and often did pray
For their family to abstain from intoxicating drink alway;
Because they knew it would lead them astray
Which no God fearing man will dare to gainsay.
Some people do say that God made strong drink,
But he is not so cruel I think;
To lay a stumbling block in his children’s way,
And then punish them for going astray.
No! God has more love for his children, than mere man.
To make strong drink their souls to damn;
His love is more boundless than mere man’s by far,
And to say not it would be an unequal par.
A man that truly loves his family wont allow them to drink,
Because he knows seldom about God they will think,
Besides he knows it will destroy their intellect,
And cause them to hold their parents in disrespect.
Strong drink makes the people commit all sorts of evil,
And must have been made by the Devil
For to make them quarrel, murder, steal, and fight,
And prevent them from doing what is right.
The Devil delights in leading the people astray,
So that he may fill his kingdom with them without delay;
It is the greatest pleasure he can really find,
To be the enemy of all mankind.
The Devil delights in breeding family strife,
Especially betwixt man and wife;
And if the husband comes home drunk at night,
He laughs and crys, ha! ha! what a beautiful sight.
And if the husband asks his supper when lie comes in,
The poor wife must instantly find it for him;
And if she cannot find it, he will curse and frown,
And very likely knock his loving wife down.
Then the children will scream aloud,
And the Devil no doubt will feel very proud,
If he can get the children to leave their own fireside,
And to tell their drunken father, they won’t with him reside.
Strong drink will cause the gambler to rob and kill his brother,
Aye! also his father and his mother,
All for the sake of getting money to gamble,
Likewise to drink, cheat, and wrangle.
And when the burglar wants to do his work very handy,
He plies himself with a glass of Whisky, Rum, or Brandy,
To give himself courage to rob and kill,
And innocent people’s blood to spill.
Whereas if he couldn’t get Whisky, Rum, or Brandy,
He wouldn’t do his work so handy;
Therefore, in that respect let strong drink be abolished in time,
And that will cause a great decrease in crime.
Therefore, for this sufficient reason remove it from society,
For seldom burglary is committed in a state of sobriety;
And I earnestly entreat ye all to join with heart and hand,
And to help to chase away the Demon drink from bonnie Scotland.
I beseech ye all to kneel down and pray,
And implore God to take it away;
Then this world would be a heaven, whereas it is a hell,
And the people would have more peace in it to dwell.
© William McGonagall 🔒
Some other random works of this poet:
- The Sunderland Calamity
- The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought In 1800
- A Tale Of The Sea
- The Battle Of Culloden
- The Death Of The Rev. Dr. Wilson
- The Heatherblend Club Banquet
- The Irish Convict’s Return
- The Wreck Of The Whaler Oscar
- Death And Burial Of Lord Tennyson
- Beautiful Nairn
- Beautiful Newport On The Braes O’ The Silvery Tay
- The Bonnie Sidlaw Hills
- The Rattling Boy From Dublin
- The Bonnie Lass O’ Ruily
- The Battle Of Corunna
- The Burning Of The Ship Kent
- The Burial Of Mr. Gladstone
- Beautiful Balmoral
- A Tribute To Dr. Murison
- Mary, The Maid O’ The Tay
- The Ashantee War
- Lord Robert’s Triumphal Entry Into Pretoria
- The Death Of Lord And Lady Dalhousie
- A Tale Of Elsinore
- The Great Yellow River Inundation In China
- The Capture Of Lucknow
- Beautiful Crief
- Bonnie Kilmany
- Little Popeet – The Lost Child
- The Battle Of Waterloo
- Loch Leven
- An Address To The New Tay Bridge
- Little Pierre’s Song
- An Adventure In The Life Of King James V Of Scotland
- To Mr James Scrymgeour, Dundee
- The Famous Tay Whale
- The Den O’ Fowlis
- The Funeral Of The Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee
- The Christmas Goose
- The Wreck Of The Barque Wm. Paterson Of Liverpool
- A Christmas Carol
- The Summary History Of Sir William Wallace
- The Ancient Town Of Leith
- The Inauguration Of The University College
- Mcgonagall’s Ode To The King
- Farewell Address At The Argyle Hall
- Lines In Praise Of Professor Blackie
- Bonnie Callander
- The Burns Statue