Gane is the day, and mirk's the night, But we'll ne'er stray for faut o' light, For ale and brandy's stars and moon, And blude-red wine's the risin sun. Chorus: Then guidwife count the lawin, The lawin, the lawin, Then guidwife count the lawin, And bring a coggie mair. There's wealth and ease for gentlemen, And semple folk maun fecht and fen’; But here we're a' in ae accord, For ilka man that's drunk's a lord. My coggie is a haly pool, That heals the wounds o' care and dool; And Pleasure is a wanton trout: An ye drink it a', ye'll find him out!
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Confirmed with The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, edited by James Barke with an Introduction by John Cairney, Collins, Glasgow 1995, Page 530.
- by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "Guidwife, count the lawin" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Francis George Scott (1880 - 1958), "Gane is the day", published 1946 [ baritone and piano ], from Seven songs, no. 2, Bayley & Ferguson, Glasgow. [sung text not yet checked]
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- CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Den zašel"
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