by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Josef Václav Sládek (1845 - 1912)

Wee Willie Gray, an' his leather wallet
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Wee Willie Gray, [an']1 his leather wallet,
Peel a willow-wand, to be him boots and jacket!
The rose upon the [brier]2 will be him [trouse]3 and doublet --
The rose upon the [brier]2 will be him [trouse]3 and doublet!

Wee Willie Gray, and his leather wallet,
Twice a lily-flower will be him sark and [gravat]4!
Feathers of a flee wad feather up his bonnet --
Feathers of a flee wad feather up his bonnet!

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Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow 1995, Page 599.

1 Britten: "and"
2 Britten: "breer"
3 Britten: "trews"
4 Britten and Scott: "cravat"

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Malounký Willie
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Malounký Willie, v raneček mu fičí,
botičky, vestu z vrbového lýčí,
z šípkových růží spodky má a fráček,
z šípkových růží, vařený jak ráček.

Malounký Willie raneček má nový,
za náprsničku lístek liliový,
klobouček z krovky broučkové až v uši,
nad ním se houpá šedé pírko muší.

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Text added to the website: 2019-08-11 00:00:00
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