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The gowan glitters on the sward

Language: English

The gowan glitters on the sward,
The lavrock's in the sky,
And Colley on my plaid keeps ward,
And time is passing by.
Oh no! Sad and slow!
I hear nae welcome sound!
The shadow of our trysting bush,
It wears so slowly round.

My sheepbell tinkles frae the west,
My lambs are bleating near,
But still the sound tha I lo'e best,
Alack! I canna hear.
Oh no! Sad and slow!
The shadow lingers still,
And like a lonely ghaist I stand
And croon upon the hill.

I hear below the water roar,
Th mill wi' clakkin' din,
And Lukky scolding frae her door,
To bring the bairnies in,
Oh no! Sad and slow!
These are nae sounds for me;
The shadow of a trysting bush,
It creeps sae drearily.

Translation(s): GER

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Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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), "The Shepherd's Song", op. 108 (25 schottische Lieder mit Begleitung von Pianoforte, Violine und Violoncello) no. 23 (1815). [voice, violin, violoncello, piano] [
     text verified 1 time

Set in a modified version by Joseph Haydn.

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • GER German (Deutsch) (Anonymous/Unidentified Artist) , title 1: "Des Schäfers Lied"

Text added to the website: 2004-08-18 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:10

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Word count: 131

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