by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation © by Pierre Mathé

Eppie Adair 
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Chorus
 An' O my Eppie, 
 My jewel, my Eppie! 
 Wha wad na be happy
 Wi' Eppie Adair?

By love and by beauty, 
By law and by duty, 
I swear to be true to
My Eppie Adair!

A' pleasure exile me, 
Dishonour defile me, 
If e'er I beguile thee,
My Eppie Adair!

Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 227.

GLOSSARY
Eppie = diminutive form of the name Elspeth.

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Eppie Adair
Language: French (Français)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Refrain
 Et oh, ma Eppie
 Mon trésor, ma Eppie !
 Comment ne pas être heureux
 Avec Eppie Adair ?

Sur l'amour et la beauté,
Sur la loi et le devoir,
Je jure d'être fidèle 
À ma Eppie Adair !

Que tous les plaisirs me quittent,
Que le déshonneur m'avilisse
Si jamais je te trompe,
Ma Eppie Adair !

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This text was added to the website: 2014-08-05
Line count: 13
Word count: 58