by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858)

John Anderson, my jo, John
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
John Anderson, my jo, John, 
  When we were first acquent, 
Your locks were like the raven, 
  Your bonie brow was brent; 
But now your brow is beld, John, 
  Your locks are like the snaw; 
But blessings on your frosty pow, 
  John Anderson, my jo! 

John Anderson, my jo, John, 
  We clamb the hill thegither, 
And mony a cantie day, John, 
  We've had wi' ane anither: 
Now we maun totter down, John, 
  But hand in hand we'll go, 
And sleep thegither at the foot, 
  John Anderson, my jo!

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 223.


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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)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) ; composed by John Böie, Heinrich August Marschner, Fredrik Pacius, Henry Hugo Pierson, Karl Heinrich Carsten Reinecke.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "John Anderson" ; composed by Adolf Jensen, Theobald Kretschmann, Henry Hugo Pierson, Robert Schumann.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Paul Hermann Franz Graener.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by August Bungert.

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


Researcher for this text: Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-09-22 12:05:46
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Word count: 87

John Anderson, mein Lieb, John!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG
  John Anderson, mein Lieb, [John]1!
Wir haben uns gesehn,
Wie rabenschwarz dein Haar, [John]1,
Die Stirne glatt und schön:
Nun Glätte nicht, noch Locke, [John]1,
Der schönen Stirne blieb:
Doch segne Gott dein schneeig Haupt,
John Anderson, mein Lieb!

  John Anderson, mein Lieb, [John]1!
Wir klommen froh bergauf,
Und manchen heitern Tag, [John]1,
Begrüssten wir im Lauf.
Nun abwärts Hand in Hand, [John]1,
Froh wie's bergauf uns trieb,
Und unten selges Schlafengehn,
John Anderson, mein Lieb!

About the headline (FAQ)

View original text (without footnotes)

Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth., 1840, page 67

1 omitted by Jensen, Pierson, Schumann

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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):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "John Anderson, mijn vriend!", copyright © 2013, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Dr. Gerrit den Hartogh , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2004-07-03 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-02-14 01:00:05
Line count: 16
Word count: 77