Farewell Address at the Argyle Hall

Tuesday, June 22, 1880

Fellow Citizens of Dundee.
I now must bid farewell to ye.
For I am going to London far away.
But when I will return again I cannot say.

Farewell! Farewell! to the bonnie banks o’ the Silvery Tay.
Also the beautiful Hill o’ Balgay.
And the ill fated Bridge o’ the Silvery Tay.
Which I will remember when I am far away.

Farewell! to my friends and, patrons all.
That rallied around me in the Music Hall.
And those that has rallied around me to night,
I shall not forget when out of sight.

And, if I ever return to Dundee again,
I hope it will be with the laurels of fame.
Plac’d on my brow by dame fortune that fickle Jade.
And, to Court her favour I am not afraid.

Farewell! to every one in the Argyle Hall.
That has Come to hear McGonagall.
Recite, and sing, his Songs to night.
Which I hope will long be remember’d when I’m out of sight.

Adieu to all my enemies that want to mock me when passing by.
But I excuse them for their ignorance and leave them to the most high.
And, once again, my friends, and enemies. I bid ye all good bye.
And when I am gone ye will for me heave a sigh :-

I return my thanks to my Chairman and my Committee,
For the Kindness they have always shown to me.
I hope the Lord! will protect them when I am far away.
And prosper them in all their undertakings by night and by day.

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Comments (3) »

  1. Angie T
    In the year 2014, on the 7th day of June at 6:19 pm

    “But when I will return again I cannot say”
    I can just imagine the audience all muttering “Don’t make it too soon!”

  2. Chris Hunt
    In the year 2014, on the 19th day of June at 9:19 pm

    They could have given him a chorus of this song.

  3. BB
    In the year 2017, on the 3rd day of February at 7:36 am

    And yet he prayed for his enemies and mockers.

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