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

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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Kéž byla bys ten vonný bez
Language: Czech (Čeština)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Kéž byla bys ten vonný bez,
   jenž vesnou v nach se rozvije,
a ptáčkem já, jenž tam se snes'
   a znaven v něm se ukryje!

Jak truchlil bych, až mráz a sníh
   by zahnaly mne v cizí kraj;
však záhy hned bych přilet' zpět,
   až rozkvétal by nový máj.

Ó, kéž bys byla růžičkou,
   jež na zdi kvete hradové,
a já tou rosy perličkou
   na její hrudi nachové!

Ó, celou noc jak blažený
   bych spočíval tu v luzných snech,
až slíbal by svit ruměný
   mne s atlasových vděků těch.

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