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O bonie was yon rosy brier

Language: Scottish (Scots)

O bonie was yon rosy brier
That blooms sae far frae haunt o' man,
And bonie she, and ah how dear!
It shaded frae the ev'ning sun !

Yon rose-buds in the morning dew,
How pure, amang the leaves sae green !
But purer was the lover's vow
They witness'd in their shade yestreen.

All in its rude and prickly bower,
That crimson rose how sweet and fair !
But love is far a sweeter flow'r
Amid life's thorny path o' care.

The pathless wild, and wimpling burn,
Wi' Chloris in my arms, be mine,
And I the warld nor wish nor scorn,
Its joys and griefs alike resign !


Translation(s): FRE

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 291.

Glossary: wimpling = meandering

Submitted by Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor] and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2008-06-08.
Last modified: 2014-11-10 17:51:08
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Word count: 110

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