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Hochländisches Wiegenlied

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

   Schlafe, süßer, kleiner Donald,
Ebenbild des großen Ronald!
Wer ihm kleinen Dieb gebar,
Weiß der edle Clan auf's Haar.
   Schelm, hast Äuglein schwarz wie Kohlen!
Wenn du groß bist, stiehl ein Fohlen;
Geh' die Ebne ab und zu,
Bringe heim 'ne Carlisle Kuh!
   Darfst im Niederland nicht fehlen;
Dort, mein Bübchen, magst du stehlen;
Stiehl dir Geld und stiehl dir Glück,
Und in's Hochland komm zurück!

Translation(s): CAT DUT ENG

List of language codes

Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth, 1840, page 233

Submitted by Pilar Lirio and Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]


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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)

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

  • CAT Catalan (Català) (Marta Garcia Cadena) , "La cançó de bressol de la terra alta", copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Hooglands wiegenlied", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Highland lullaby", copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

Last modified: 2016-01-13 12:09:49

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Hooglands wiegenlied

Language: Dutch (Nederlands) after the German (Deutsch)

Slaap maar, lieve kleine Donald,
Evenbeeld van grote Ronald!
Wie 'm de kleine dief voortbracht,
Heel de clan had 't al gedacht.
Boef, met oogjes zwart als aarde!
Als je groot bent, steel een paardje;
Trek dan overal naar toe
En breng mee een Carlisle koe!
In het Laagland, in kastelen,
Daar, mijn boefje, kun je stelen;
Steel wat geld en steel geluk,
En kom dan naar 't Hoogland terug!

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Text added to the website: 2012-06-18 00:00:00.

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