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O wert thou in the cauld blast

Language: Scottish (Scots)

O wert thou in the cauld blast
On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,
I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee.
Or did Misfortune's bitter storms
Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
Thy [bield]1 should be my bosom
To share it a', to share it a'.

Or were I in the wildest waste,
Sae black and bare, sae black and bare,
The desert were a Paradise
If thou wert there, if thou wert there.
Or were I monarch of the globe,
Wi' thee to reign, wi' thee to reign,
The brightest jewel in my crown
Wad be my queen, wad be my queen.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER RUS SWE

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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 698.

1 note: in some editions, this is "shield"; "bield" means "shelter". Searching Google books, we can see that "bield" appears in more editions scanned than does "shield".

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Iain Sneddon [Guest Editor]


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-23 09:09:21

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В полях под снегом и дождём

Language: Russian (Русский) after the Scottish (Scots)

В полях под снегом и дождём,
[Мой милый друг, мой бедный друг,]1
Тебя укрыл бы я плащом
От зимних вьюг, от зимних вьюг.

А если мука суждена
Тебе судьбой, тебе судьбой,
Готов я скорбь твою до дна
Делить с тобой, делить с тобой.

Пускай сойду [во]2 мрачный дол,
Где ночь кругом, где тьма кругом,
Во тьме я солнце бы нашёл
С тобой вдвоём, с тобой вдвоём.

И если б дали мне в удел
Весь шар земной, весь шар земной,
С каким бы счастьем я владел
Тобой одной, тобой одной!

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1 Sviridov: clauses reversed.
2 Sviridov: "ja v"

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Based on
  • a text in Scottish (Scots) by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "Oh wert thou in the cauld blast" FRE GER
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Francis George Scott. Go to the text.

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

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2017-05-02 15:03:30

Line count: 16
Word count: 89