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Ich bin gekommen ins Niederland

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Scottish (Scots)

   Ich bin gekommen ins Niederland,
O weh! o weh! o weh!
So ausgeplündert haben sie mich,
Daß ich vor Hunger vergeh.
   So war's in meinem Hochland nicht;
O weh! o weh! o weh!
Ein hochbeglückter Weib, als ich,
War nicht auf Thal und Höh!
   Denn damals hatt' ich zwanzig Küh';
O weh! o weh! o weh!
Die gaben Milch und Butter mir,
Und weideten im Klee.
   Und sechzig Schafe hatt' ich dort;
O weh! o weh! o weh!
Die wärmten mich mit weichem Vließ
Bei Frost und Winterschnee.
   Es konnte Kein' im ganzen Clan
Sich größern Glückes freun;
Denn Donald war der schönste Mann,
Und Donald, der war mein!
   So blieb's, bis Charlie Stuart kam,
Alt-Schottland zu befrein;
Da mußte Donald seinen Arm
Ihm und dem Lande leihn.
   Was sie befiel, wer weiß es nicht?
Dem Unrecht wich das Recht,
Und auf Culloden's blut'gem Feld
Erlagen Herr und Knecht. --
   O! Daß ich kam ins Niederland!
O weh! o weh! o weh!
Nun giebt's kein unglückselger Weib
Vom Hochland bis zur See!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG FRE

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Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth, 1840, page 320-321

Submitted by Pilar Lirio and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "La vídua de la terra alta", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "De weduwe uit de Hooglanden", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "The highlander’s widow", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La veuve du haut pays", copyright © 2008, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19.
Last modified: 2016-01-13 12:06:43
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Word count: 172

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The highlander’s widow

Language: English after the German (Deutsch)

   I have come down to the lowlands,
Oh woe! oh woe! oh woe!
They have pillaged me to such an extent
That I am perishing of hunger.
   It was not thus in my highlands;
Oh woe! oh woe! oh woe!
A more ecstatically happy wife than I
Could not be found in the valley or on the heights!
   For back then I had twenty cows;
Oh woe! oh woe! oh woe!
They gave me milk and butter,
And grazed in the clover.
   And sixty sheep I had back there;
Oh woe! oh woe! oh woe!
They warmed me with their soft fleece
In the frost and snow of winter.
   There was no one in the whole clan
Who could rejoice in greater good fortune;
For Donald was the most handsome man,
And Donald, he was mine!
   Thus it remained until Charlie Stuart came
To free old Scotland;
Then Donald had to lend his service
To him and to the land.
   What befell them, who does not know it?
Right gave way to injustice,
And upon Culloden’s bloody battlefield
Masters and servants were slain. --
   Oh! that I came down to the lowlands!
Oh woe! oh woe! oh woe!
Now there is no woman more unhappy than I
From the highlands to the sea!

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Text added to the website: 2016-01-13.
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