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Loud blaw the frosty breezes

Language: Scottish (Scots)

Loud blaw the frosty breezes,
The snaws the mountains cover.
Like winter on me seizes,
Since my young Highland rover
Far wanders nations over.
Where'er he go, where'er he stray,
May Heaven be his warden;
Return him safe to fair Strathspey,
And bonnie Castle Gordon.

The trees now naked groaning,
Shall soon wi' leaves be hinging,
The birdies dowie moaning,
Shall a' be blythly singing,
And ev'ry flow'r be springing.
Sae I'll rejoice the lee lang day,
When (by [his]1 Mighty Warden)
My Youth's return'd to fair Strathspey,
And bonnie Castle Gordon.

Translation(s): FRE GER

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 207.

Note: according to the Bennett score, "my young Highland rover" (line 4) refers to "the young Chevalier, Prince Charles Edward"

Dowie = sadly

1 Bennett: "the"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2013-03-28.
Last modified: 2016-06-03 22:09:01
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