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

O my Luve's like a red, red rose
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE GRE IRI
O my [Luve's]1 like a red, red rose 
  That's newly sprung in June: 
O my [Luve's]1 like the melodie 
  That's sweetly play'd in tune. 

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, 
  [So]2 deep in luve am I: 
And I will luve thee still, my dear, 
  Till a' the seas gang dry: 

Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, 
  And the rocks melt wi' the sun; 
I will luve thee still, my dear, 
  While the sands o' life shall run. 

And fare thee weel, my only Luve! 
  And fare thee weel a while! 
And I will come again, my Luve, 
  Tho' it were ten thousand mile.

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Note: due to a similarity in first lines, Berg's song O wär' mein Lieb' jen' Röslein roth is often erroneously indicated as a translation of this poem.

1 Beach and Scott: "Luve is"; Bacon: "love's"
2 Scott: "Sae"

Authorship

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Settings in other languages, adaptations, or excerpts:

  • Also set in Czech (Čeština), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Zdenko Antonín Václav Fibich.
  • Also set in Danish (Dansk), a translation by Emil Aarestrup (1800 - 1856) , "O, du er lig en Rose rød" ; composed by Leopold Rosenfeld.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "Rothes Röslein" ; composed by Gustav Eggers, Alexander Fesca, Heinrich von Sahr, Robert Schumann.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Friedrich Niggli (1875 - 1959) ; composed by Friedrich Niggli.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Carl Bohm, Franciscus Wilhelmus Bouman, Rudolf Buck, George Henschel, Eugène Jámbor, Robert Schwalm, Emil Weeber, Jakob Wolff.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , no title, appears in Gedichte, in Robert Burns. Elf Lieder [later 13 Lieder], no. 6[8], first published 1836 ; composed by Robert Franz, Peter Gast, Carl Grammann, Ferdinand Gumbert, O. Heller, Eduard Lassen, Heinrich August Marschner, Elise Schmezer, Malvina Schnorr von Carolsfeld.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by (Johann) Philipp Kaufmann (1802 - 1846) , first published 1830 ; composed by Carl Ferdinand Konradin, Joseph Rheinberger.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Jan Karol Gall, Louis Rée.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Ernst Paul Flügel.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Paul Heinze (1858 - 1912) , no title ; composed by Albert Fuchs.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Magnus Gustaf Retzius (1842 - 1919) , "Min vän är lik den röda ros", written 1872 ; composed by Oscar Blom.

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

  • SWG Swiss German (Schwizerdütsch) (August Corrodi) , "Min schatz ist wienes Röseli", first published 1870
  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Má milá jest jak růžička"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GRE Greek (Ελληνικά) [singable] (Christakis Poumbouris) , "Η π’ αγαπώ ’ναι ρόδο ροζ", copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (József Lévay) , "Szerelmem, mint piros rózsa..."
  • IRI Irish (Gaelic) [singable] (Gabriel Rosenstock) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Iain Sneddon [Guest Editor]

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Ô mon amour est comme une rose rouge,...
Language: French (Français)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Ô mon amour est comme une rose rouge, rouge
Qui vient d'éclore en juin :
Ô mon amour est comme la mélodie
Que l'on joue gentiment.

Tu es si belle, ma bonne amie,
Que je suis fou d'amour ;
Et je continuerai de t'aimer, ma chérie
Jusqu'à ce que  les mers soient asséchées.

Jusqu'à ce que  les mers soient asséchées., ma chérie
Et jusqu'à ce que les rochers fondent au soleil ;
Je continuerai de t'aimer, ma chérie
Tant que le sable de la vie coulera.

Et adieu mon seul amour !
Et adieu pour un moment !
Et je reviendrai, mon amour,
Même de dix mille milles.

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Translations of title(s):
"O my Luve's like a red, red rose" = "Ô mon amour est comme une rose rouge, rouge"
"A red, red rose" = "Une rose rouge, rouge"
"My love is like a red red rose" = "Mon amour est comme une rose rouge rouge"
"The farewell" = "L'au-revoir"
"My love is like the red, red rose" = "Mon amour est comme la rose rouge, rouge"
"The red rose" = "La rose rouge"
"Melody in June" = "Mélodie de juin"
"My luve is like a red, red rose" = "Mon amour est comme une rose rouge, rouge"


Authorship

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