Chorus Green grow the rashes, O ; Green grow the rashes, O ; The sweetest hours that e'er I [spend]1, Are spent amang the lasses, O. There's nought but care on ev'ry han', In ev'ry hour that passes, O: What signifies the life o' man If 'twere na for the lasses, O. The [war'ly]2 race may riches chase, And riches still may fly them, O; And tho' at last they catch them fast, Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, O. [But gie]3 me a canny hour at e'en, My arms about my dearie, O, [An']4 war'ly cares, and war'ly men May a' gae tapsalteerie, O ! For you sae [douce]5, ye sneer at this ; Ye're nought but senseless asses O; The wisest man the warld saw, He dearly lov'd the lasses, O. Auld Nature swears, the lovely dears Her noblest work she classes, O; Her prentice han' she tried on man, And then she made the lasses, O. (Chorus)
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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 76.
1 Haydn : "spent"
2 Haydn : "warldly", passim.
3 Haydn : "Gie"
4 Haydn : "And"
5 Haydn : "douse"
Canny = gentle
Tapsalteerie = topsy-turvy
Douse = sober, prudent
- by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "Green grow the rashes, O" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "Green grow the rashes", JHW XXXII/3 no. 218, Hob. XXXIa no. 8bis [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Thomas Pasatieri (b. 1945), "Green grow the rushes", 2003 [ voice and piano ], from A rustling of angels, no. 7 [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:
- Also set in French (Français), a translation by Henri-François-Louis-Auguste Potez (b. 1863) [an adaptation] CZE ; composed by André Gédalge.
Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Ó sítin zelených"
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Les roseaux poussent verts, oh !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani