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By Allan stream I chanc'd to rove

Language: Scottish (Scots)

By Allan stream I chanc'd to rove,
While Phoebus sunk beyond Benledi;
The winds were whispering through the grove,
The yellow corn was waving ready ;
I listen'd to a lover's sang,
[An']1 thought on youthful pleasures [monie]2,
And ay the wild wood echoes rang :
["O, my love Annie 's very bonie !"]3
O happy be the woodbine bower,
Nae nightly bogle make it eerie !
Nor ever sorrow stain the hour,
The place and time I met my dearie!
Her head upon my throbbing breast,
She, sinking, said, "I'm thine for ever!"
While monie a kiss the seal imprest,
The sacred vow we ne'er should sever!
The haunt [o' Spring's]4 the primrose brae.
The Simmer joy's the flocks to follow.
How cheery [thro' her short'ning]5 day
Is Autumn in her weeds o' yellow !
But can they melt the glowing heart,
Or chain the soul in speechless pleasure,
Or through each nerve the rapture dart,
Like meeting her, our bosom's treasure ?

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 278.


Bogle = hobgoblin
Brae = hillside
1 Haydn : "And"
2 Haydn : "monie", passim.
3 Haydn : "O dearly do I love thee, Annie."
4 Haydn : "of spring's"
5 Haydn : "through her shortening"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani 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: 2009-08-12.
Last modified: 2014-08-20 08:04:26
Line count: 24
Word count: 164

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