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Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon

Language: Scottish (Scots)

Ye banks and braes o' bonnie Doon,
  How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair;
How can ye [chant]1, ye little birds,
  And I sae weary, fu' o' care!
Thou'lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
  That [wantons]2 thro' the [flowering]3 thorn: 
Thou minds me o' departed joys,
  Departed -- never to return!

[Aft]4 hae I rov'd by bonnie Doon,
  To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o' its [luve]5,
  And fondly sae did I o' mine.
Wi' lightsome heart I pu'd a rose,
  Fu' sweet upon its thorny tree;
[And my fause luver]6 [stole the]7 rose,
  [But, ah! he]8 left the thorn wi' me.

Translation(s): FRE GER IRI

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Confirmed with The Complete Works of Robert Burns: Containing His Poems, Songs and Correspondence. With a New Life of the Poet, and Notices, Critical and Biographical, by Allan Cunningham. Elegantly illustrated, Boston: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, 1859, page 257.

1 Grainger, Quilter: "chaunt"
2 Grainger: "warbles"
3 Quilter: "flower"; Grainger: "flow'ring"
4 Quilter: "Oft"
5 Quilter: "love"
6 Grainger, Quilter: "But my fause lover"
7 Grainger: "staw my"
8 Quilter: "And oh, he"

Submitted by John Versmoren


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Set in a modified version by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Maurice Ravel.

Set in a modified version by David Arditti.

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "Am Ufer des Doon", page 191, poem No. 108, first published 1840 ENG FRE IRI SCO SCO ; composed by Robert Franz, Moritz Hauptmann, Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Hans Gál (1890 - 1987) , "Du liebe Flur im Seengrund", copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission FRE IRI SCO SCO ; composed by Hans Gál.
  • Also set in Scottish (Scots), [adaptation] ; composed by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Maurice Ravel.
  • Also set in Scottish (Scots), [adaptation] ; composed by Hans Gál.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2004-07-11 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-29 18:04:48

Line count: 16
Word count: 108

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A dhúthaigh shéimh cois Abhainn Dhùin

Language: Irish (Gaelic) after the Scottish (Scots)

A dhúthaigh shéimh cois Abhainn Dhùin
Faoi bhláth inniu chomh húr chomh breá
Cén chantain agaibh, a éiníní,
Is mise anseo is mo chroí á leá.
Táim bristechroíoch, a éiníní,
Is sibh os cionn an draighinn faoi bhláth
Is cuimhin liom laethanta fadó
Nach bhfillfidh orainn arís go brách.
Is gnách liom siúl cois Abhainn Dhùin
An féithleann, an rós le chéile táid
Is na héin ag canadh ar aon chraobh
Ag canadh atá siad faoi mo ghrá.
Go haerach phiocas féin an rós
A fhásann thíos cois Abhainn Dhùin
Mo leannán cam do ghoid an rós
Is d’fhág agamsa an dealg rúin.

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Based on
  • a text in Scottish (Scots) by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "The Banks o' Doon", subtitle: "[Second version]" FRE GER SCO SCO
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Percy Aldridge Grainger, Roger Quilter. Go to the text.


Text added to the website: 2014-12-26 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2018-08-29 18:06:17

Line count: 16
Word count: 103