「ルーリオン・グリーンの戦い(The Battle of Rullion Green)」は1666年11月28日に戦われた。カヴェナンター(Covenanter/17世紀のスコットランドで長老主義維持を誓った人々)反逆の小さな軍隊はエディンバラのペントランド山地南西の縁で政府軍と戦った。カヴェナンターは、西スコットランドから始まった。
O God, why hast Thou cast us off? Is it for evermore? Against Thy pasture-sheep why doth Thine anger smoke so sore?
The Battle of Rullion Green was fought on this day in 1666. A small army of Covenanter rebels fought government soldiers on the edge of the Pentland Hills south-west of Edinburgh. The Covenanters, originally travelling from western Scotland, were routed.
Rullion Green by Prof. John Stuart Blackie
Say not that they were harsh and stern and sour, Or say they were so, but not therefore base; In iron times God sends with mighty power Iron apostles to make smooth His ways; And hearts of rock, close - clamped with many a bar. He plants where angry billows lash the shore; Thus love by fear, thus peace is pledged by war- (Stern law !) and gospel paths are paved in gore; We reap in ease what they did sow in toil, And rate them harsh, and stern, and sour the while.
Rude warriors, rest ! God from that ill wrought good; Your strong endurance wrought strong hate of wrong, Let dark Dunnottar`s dungeon solitude, And the strong Bass, attest your sufferings long; No polished pen, no smooth and courtly verse, Ye need to prove the virtue of your crime; Pentland`s green slopes, and the black moors o` the Merse Shall be your record to remotest time; Ourselves your sons, inheriting your stuff While we are worthy, shall be praise enough.
The Pentland Hills by Baroness Nairne.
The pilgrim`s feet here oft will tread O`er this sequestered scene, To mark where Scotland`s martyrs lie In lonely Rullion Green; To muse on those who fought and fell - All Presbyterians true; Who held the League and Covenant - Who waved the banner blue !
Ah ! here they sang the holy strain - Sweet Martyr`s melody; When every heart and every voice Arose in harmony. The list`ing echoes all around Gave back their soft reply, While angels heard the hallow`d sound, And bore it to the sky.