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O wert thou in the cauld blast

Language: Scottish (Scots)

O wert thou in the cauld blast
On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,
I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee.
Or did Misfortune's bitter storms
Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
Thy [bield]1 should be my bosom
To share it a', to share it a'.

Or were I in the wildest waste,
Sae black and bare, sae black and bare,
The desert were a Paradise
If thou wert there, if thou wert there.
Or were I monarch of the globe,
Wi' thee to reign, wi' thee to reign,
The brightest jewel in my crown
Wad be my queen, wad be my queen.


Translation(s): FRE GER GER RUS SWE

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Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow, 1995, Page 698.

1 note: in some editions, this is "shield"; "bield" means "shelter". Searching Google books, we can see that "bield" appears in more editions scanned than does "shield".

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Iain Sneddon [Guest Editor]

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-04-23 09:09:21

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Oh, si tu étais dans le souffle glacé

Language: French (Français) after the Scottish (Scots)

Oh, si tu étais dans le souffle glacé,
Dans le pré là-haut,
De mon plaid contre l'air en colère,
Je t'abriterais :

Ou si les tempêtes glaciales du malheur
Soufflaient autour de toi ,
Ton bouclier serait ma poitrine
Pour te protéger, pour te protéger.

Ou si j'étais dans le désert le plus sauvage,
Si noir et nu,
Le désert serait un paradis,
Si tu étais avec moi.

Ou si j'étais le monarque du globe,
Avec toi pour régner,
Le joyau le plus brillant de ma couronne
Serait ma reine, serait ma reine.


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Based on
  • a text in Scottish (Scots) by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "Oh wert thou in the cauld blast" GER RUS
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Francis George Scott. Go to the text.

 

Text added to the website: 2009-11-15 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:27

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