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O lovely Polly Stewart

Language: Scottish (Scots)

    O lovely Polly Stewart,
    O charming Polly Stewart,
There's not a flower that blooms in May,
    That's half so fair as thou art.

The flower it blaws, it fades and fa's,
    And art can ne'er renew it ;
But Worth and Truth eternal Youth
    Will give to Polly Stewart!

May he [whase arms shall fauld thy charms]1
    Possess a leal a true heart !
To him be given to ken the heav'n
    He [grasps]2 in Polly Stewart !

    O lovely Polly Stewart,
    O charming Polly Stewart.
There's ne'er a flower that blooms in May
    That's half so sweet as thou art.

Translation(s): FRE GER GER

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 259.

1 Beethoven: "who wins thy matchless charm"
2 Beethoven: "gains"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]


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:

  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , title unknown FRE by Ignaz Brüll.

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

  • GER German (Deutsch) [singable] (G. Pertz) , title 1: "Polly Stewart"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Belle Polly Stewart", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2006-06-11.
Last modified: 2014-07-28 11:30:04
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Word count: 103

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