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O were my Love yon lilac fair

Language: Scottish (Scots)

O were my Love yon lilac fair,
  Wi' purple blossoms to the spring,
And I a bird to shelter there,
  When wearied on my little wing;
How I wad mourn when it was torn
  By autumn wild and winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing
  When youthfu' May its bloom renew'd.
O gin my Love were yon red rose
  That grows upon the castle wa',
And I mysel a drap o' dew,
  Into her bonnie breast to fa';
[O there, beyond expression blest,
  I'd feast on beauty a' the night;
Seal'd on her silk-saft faulds to rest,
  Till fley'd awa' by Phoebus' light.]1


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A. Beach sets stanza 2, 1

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1 omitted by Beach.

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Text added to the website: 2003-09-29T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2014-07-28T11:29:42
Line count: 16
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O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth'

Language: German (Deutsch) after the Scottish (Scots)

O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth',
     Beglänzt vom Abendsonnenschein,
Und ich das Vöglein, das sich müd',
     Auf ihr in Schlummer wiegte ein.

Wie wollt' ich trauern, wenn sie dann
     Die holden Glöcklein eingebüßt,
Wie wollt' ich jubeln, wenn der Mai
     Sie endlich wieder wachgeküßt.

O, wär' mein Lieb ein Röslein roth,
     Das auf dem Walle wächst mit Lust,
Und ich, o ich, ein Tröpflein Thau,
     Das niedersänk' in ihre Brust.

O dort, auf sammtnem Blatt gewiegt,
     Wollt' schwelgen ich die ganze Nacht,
An ihren duft'gen Kelch geschmiegt,
     Bis daß der neue Tag erwacht.

Translation(s): ENG

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Confirmed with Lieder und Balladen von Robert Burns. Aus dem Englischen, schottischer Mundart von A.v. Winterfeld, Berlin: Verlag von A. Hofmann & Comp., 1860, page 37

Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in Scottish (Scots) by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "O were my Love yon lilac fair" FRE
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Amy Marcy Cheney Beach, Frederick Brandeis, Francis George Scott. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

  • by Otto Bach (1833 - 1893), "O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth'", op. 11 (Lieder und Gesänge für eine Singstimme mit Clavier-Begleitung) no. 1, published 1865 [voice and piano], Berlin: Georg Plothow [ sung text checked 1 time]
  • by Ernst Paul Flügel (1844 - 1912), "O wär' mein Lieb' die Fliederblüth'", op. 4 (Sechs Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 6, published 1867 [voice and piano], Greifswald, Verlag der Academischen Buchhandlung (and later: Leipzig, Leuckart, 1876) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Oh, were my love the lilac blossom", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-09-14T00:00:00.
Last modified: 2017-04-05T14:45:34
Line count: 16
Word count: 93