by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858)

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

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass, 
  So 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.


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]

Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2018-11-27 20:28:24
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Word count: 106

Dem rothen Röslein gleicht mein Lieb
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG FRE
 Dem rothen Röslein gleicht mein Lieb,
Im Junimond erblüht;
Mein Lieb ist eine Melodei,
Vor der die Seele glüht.
 
  Wie schön du bist, geliebte Maid!
Wie wird das Herz mir schwer!
Und lieben wird's dich immerdar,
Bis trocken Strom und Meer!
 
  Und würden trocken Strom und Meer,
Und schmölzen Fels und Stein:
Ich würde dennoch lebenslang
Dir Herz und Seele weihn!
 
  Und, holdes Liebchen, lebe wohl!
Leb' wohl, du süße Maid!
Bald kehr' ich wieder, wär' ich auch
Zehn tausend Meilen weit!

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Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth., 1840, page 209


Authorship

Based on

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 or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , "Een klein rood roosje lijkt mijn lief", copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-11-08 13:57:28
Line count: 16
Word count: 83