Farewell Address at the Argyle Hall by William Topaz McGonagall
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 rernember'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.