Ca' the yowes tae the knowes, Ca' them whar the heather grows, Ca' them whar the burnie rows, My bonnie dearie. Hark, the mavis' e'enin' sang, Soundin' Cluden's woods amang; Then a fauldin' let us gang, My bonnie dearie. We'll gang down by Clouden side, Through the hazels spreading wide O'er the waves that sweetly glide To the moon sae clearly. Fair and lovely as thou art, Thou hast stol'n my very heart; I can die, but canna part, My bonnie Dearie. While waters wimple to the sea, While day blinks in the lift sae hie Till death shall blin' my e'e Ye shall be my dearie.
B. Britten sets stanzas 1-4
R. Vaughan Williams sets stanzas 1-2, 4-5
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- by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Edward) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976), "Ca' the yowes", stanzas 1-4 [sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Linton Gardner (1917 - 2011), "Ca' the yowes to the knowes", op. 213 no. 6, published 1993 [ mixed chorus and orchestra ], from A Burns Sequence, no. 6, London : Oxford University Press [sung text not yet checked]
- by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958), "Ca' the yowes", 1922, stanzas 1-2,4-5 [sung text checked 1 time]
Set in a modified version by Joseph Haydn, Maurice Johnson.
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