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We've a bonnie wee flower

Language: English

We've a bonnie wee flower
In a far countrie,
In a bright and sunny bower
In a far countrie.

When the sky is ever fair,
And the myrtle scents the air,
Of our lovely blossom's there,
In a far countrie.

There's gold to win and spare
In a far countrie,
And gems and jewels rare
In a far countrie.

But the brightest, purest gem,
From a fondly cherished stem,
Is the flow'ret we could name
In a far countrie.

May the angels watch the flower
In a far countrie,
And tent it ev'ry hour
In a far countrie.

And the night-in-gale's soft song
The spicy groves among.
Its slumbers shall prolong
In a far countrie.

We may not cross the main
To a far countrie,
Nor traverse hill and plain
To a far countrie. 

But when the primrose springs,
And the lint white sweetly sings,
O we'll welcome home our flower
From a far countrie.

Translation(s): FRE

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

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Nous avons une jolie petite fleur", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:53
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Word count: 155

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Nous avons une jolie petite fleur

Language: French (Français) after the English

Nous avons une jolie petite fleur
Dans un pays lointain,
Dans une tonnelle ensoleillée
Dans un pays lointain.

Quand le ciel est toujours beau,
Et que la myrte parfume l'air,
De notre adorable fleur là-bas,
Dans un pays lointain.

Il y a de l'or à gagner et à épargner
Dans un pays lointain,
Et des gemmes et des joyaux rares
Dans un pays lointain.

Mais la gemme la plus brillante et la plus pure,
D'une tige tendrement chérie,
Est la petite fleur que nous pourrions désigner
Dans un pays lointain.

Puissent les anges surveiller la fleur
Dans un pays lointain,
Et veiller sur elle chaque heure
Dans un pays lointain.

Et le doux chant du rossignol
Parmi les bosquets odorants.
Son sommeil se prolongera
Dans un pays lointain.

Nous ne pouvons pas traverser l'océan
Vers un pays lointain,
Ni aller à travers colline et plaine
Vers un pays lointain.

Mais quand la primevère jaillira,
Et la linotte doucement chantera,
Oh, nous accueillerons notre fleur
D'un pays lointain.

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Text added to the website: 2010-08-28.
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