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Bonnie Bell

Language: English

The smiling Spring comes in rejoicing, 
And surly Winter grimly flies; 
Now crystal clear are the falling waters, 
And bonie blue are the sunny skies. 
Fresh o'er the mountains breaks forth the morning, 
The ev'ning gilds the ocean's swell; 
All creatures joy in the sun's returning, 
And I rejoice in my bonie Bell. 

The flowery Spring leads sunny Summer, 
The yellow Autumn presses near; 
Then in his turn comes gloomy Winter, 
Till smiling Spring again appear: 
Thus seasons dancing, life advancing, 
Old Time and Nature their changes tell; 
But never ranging, still unchanging, 
I adore my bonie Bell.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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Confirmed with Robert Burns, The Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1919, page 531.

Submitted by Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Ma jolie Bell", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2015-11-11.
Last modified: 2019-04-04 20:48:20
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Word count: 98

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Ma jolie Bell

Language: French (Français) after the English

Le souriant Printemps arrive s'ébaudissant
Et le grincheux Hiver s'enfuit menaçant ;
Les chutes d'eau sont maintenant claires comme du cristal
Et les cieux sont d'un joli bleu.
Le  frais matin se lève sur les montagnes,
Le soir dore la houle de l'océan ;
Toutes les créatures se réjouissent du retour du soleil,
Et je me réjouis de ma jolie Bell.

Le Printemps fleuri précède l'Été ensoleillé,
Le jaune Automne les suit de près ;
Puis à son tour vient le sombre Hiver,
Avant que ne réapparaisse le souriant Printemps :
Les saisons dansent ainsi, la vie avance
Le vieux temps et la nature révèlent leurs changements ;
Mais sans jamais divaguer,toujours immuable,
J'adore ma jolie Bell.

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