by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Josef Václav Sládek (1845 - 1912)

Again rejoicing Nature sees
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Again rejoicing Nature sees
Her robe assume its vernal hues, ;
Her leafy locks wave in the breeze,
All freshly steep'd in morning dews.
[Refrain : And maun I still on Menie doat,
  And bear the scorn that 's in her e'e ?
  For it's jet, jet black, an' it's like a hawk,
  An' it winna let a body be!]1

In vain to me the cowslips blaw,
In vain to me the vi'lets spring ;
In vain to me in glen or shaw,
The mavis and the lintwhite sing.
  Refrain1

The merry ploughboy cheers his team,
Wi' joy the tentie seedsman stalks;
But life to me's a weary dream,
A dream of ane that never wauks.
  Refrain1

The wanton coot the water skims,
Amang the reeds the ducklings cry,
The stately swan majestic swims,
And ev'ry thing is blest but I.
  Refrain1

The sheep-herd steeks his faulding slap,
And o'er the moorlands whistles shill ;
Wi' wild, unequal, wand'ring step,
I meet him on the dewy hill.
  Refrain1

And when the lark 'tween light and dark,
Blythe waukens by the daisy's side,
And mounts and sings on flitt'ring wings,
A wae-worn ghaist I hameward glide.
  Refrain1

Come, Winter, with thine angry howl,
And raging bend the naked tree;
Thy gloom will soothe my cheerless soul,
When Nature all is sad like me!
  Refrain1

J. Haydn sets stanzas 1-3, 5-7

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 77.

1 omitted by Haydn

Glossary:

Shaw = woody grove by a water side
Mavis = trush
Lintwhite = linnet
Tentie = cautious
Wauks = wakens
Steeks = closes
Slap = gate to the sheep-fold

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Mennie
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Zas příroda se odívá
   v své jarní roucho veselé
a větříkem jí povívá
   vlas mokrý z rosné koupele.

A na Menie-li myslím jen
   tak stále bez vší naděje?
neb oči má jak šotky dva
   a každému se vysměje.

Nač petrklíčem údolí,
   nač fialkami kvete hvozd?
mně marně v háji šveholí
   tu konopka a jinde drozd.

Svým polem chodí rozsévač,
   hoch vesel volky pohání,
já chodím jako ve snu spáč
   a ze sna není probrání.

Tam slípka vodu rozrývá,
   zde kachny křičí v sítině,
tu hrá si labuť sněživá
   a já jsem smuten jedině.

Svou lísu ovčák zavírá
   a pohvizduje slatinou,
já v soumrak hledím do čirá,
   jak potkávám ho pěšinou.

A v červánku sbor skřivánků
   když od chudobek, od blatuch
se zvedá výš v nebeskou říš,
   jdu domů jako bludný duch.

Ó zaduj, zimo, přes vody
   a nahé stromy oděj v sníh,
ten smutek celé přírody
   žal utiší snad v prsou mých.

A na Menie-li myslím jen
   tak stále bez vší naděje?
neb oči má jak šotky dva
   a každému se vysměje.

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Last modified: 2019-08-12 12:22:51
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