Behold, my love, how green the groves
Language: Scottish (Scots)
[Behold, my love, how]1 green the groves,
The primrose banks how fair;
The balmy gales awake the flowers,
And wave thy flowing hair.
The lav'rock shuns the palace gay,
And o'er the cottage sings:
For Nature smiles as sweet, I ween,
To Shepherds as to Kings.
Let minstrels sweep the skilfu' string,
In lordly lighted ha':
The Shepherd stops his simple reed,
Blythe in the birken shaw.
The Princely revel may survey
Our rustic dance wi' scorn;
But are their hearts as light as ours,
Beneath the milk-white thorn!
The shepherd, in the flowery glen;
In shepherd's phrase, will woo:
The courtier tells a finer tale,
But is his heart as true!
These wild-wood flowers I've pu'd, to deck
That spotless breast o' thine:
The courtiers' gems may witness love,
But, 'tis na love like mine.
Translation(s): FRE GER
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1 in some editions, "My Chloris, mark how" (and titled "My Chloris, mark")
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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)
- by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827), "Behold, my love, how green the groves", op. 108 (25 schottische Lieder mit Begleitung von Pianoforte, Violine und Violoncello) no. 9 (1815). [vocal duet with violin, violoncello, and piano] [
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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "Schau her, mein Lieb, der Wälder Grün"
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Vois ma Chloris", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Text added to the website: 2004-08-03.
Last modified: 2014-07-28 11:30:03
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