“The Initiation of a Brother”


"Welcome, brother, to our band; Welcome, brother, heart and hand; True, together we will stand, Or together fall. By brave Schomberg's martyr fame, By great William's glorious name, We are brethren still the same, Brethren one and all"


The description is the complete text from OrangeLark. - BS

William III is of course William of Orange, and Schomberg is General Schomberg, killed at theBattle of the Boyne. For additional background, see the notes to "The Battle of the Boyne (I)." - RBW


  1. OrangeLark 36, "Lines on the Initiation of a Brother" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, OrLa036


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1987 (OrangeLark)
Keywords: ritual nonballad