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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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View original text (without footnotes)
1 in some editions, "My Chloris, mark how" (and titled "My Chloris, mark")

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


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] [
     text verified 1 time

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
Line count: 24
Word count: 136

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