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Frae the friends and land I love

Language: Scottish (Scots)

Frae the friends and land I love
Driv'n by Fortune's felly spite,
Frae my best belov'd I rove,
Never mair to taste delight!
Never mair maun hope to find
Ease frae toil, relief frae care.
When remembrance racks the mind,
Pleasures but unveil despair.

Brightest climes shall mirk appear,
Desert ilka blooming shore,
Till the Fates, nae mair severe,
Friendship, love, and peace, restore:
Till Revenge, wi' laurel'd head
Bring our banish'd hame again,
And ilka loyal, bonnie lad
Cross the seas, and win his ain!


Translation(s): FRE

List of language codes

Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 231.

GLOSSARY

Felly = cruel
Maun = must
Mirk = dark
Ilka = every
Bonnie = handsome

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

Authorship


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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Éloigné des amis et du pays que j'aime", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Text added to the website: 2013-03-25.
Last modified: 2014-08-05 15:54:43
Line count: 16
Word count: 86

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