by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876)

O wert thou in the cauld blast
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
O wert thou in the cauld blast
On yonder lea, on yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt,
I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee.
Or did Misfortune's bitter storms
Around thee blaw, around thee blaw,
Thy [bield]1 should be my bosom
To share it a', to share it a'.

Or were I in the wildest waste,
Sae black and bare, sae black and bare,
The desert were a Paradise
If thou wert there, if thou wert there.
Or were I monarch of the globe,
Wi' thee to reign, wi' thee to reign,
The brightest jewel in my crown
Wad be my queen, wad be my queen.

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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 698.

1 note: in some editions, this is "shield"; "bield" means "shelter". Searching Google books, we can see that "bield" appears in more editions scanned than does "shield".

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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 German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) , no title, appears in Gedichte, in Robert Burns. Elf Lieder [later 13 Lieder], no. 3 ; composed by Robert Franz, Adolf Jensen, Carl Kloberg, Heinrich August Marschner, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix von Woyrsch.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Moritz Hauptmann.
  • Also set in Russian (Русский), a translation by Samuil Yakovlevich Marschak (1887 - 1964) ; composed by Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov, Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich, Georgiy Vasil'yevich Sviridov.
  • Also set in Swedish (Svenska), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Hugo Alfvén.

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

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2019-04-23 09:09:21
Line count: 16
Word count: 107

O säh ich auf der Heide dort
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): DUT FRE FRE
O säh ich auf der Heide dort
Im Sturme dich, im Sturme dich!
Mit meinem Mantel vor dem Sturm
Beschütz ich dich, beschütz ich dich!

Und kommt mit seinem Sturme je
Dir Unglück nah, dir Unglück nah,
Dann wär dies Herz dein Zufluchtsort,
Gern teilt ich's ja, gern teilt ich's ja.

O wär ich in der Wüste, die
So braun und dürr, so braun und dürr,
Zum Paradiese würde sie,
Wärst du bei mir, wärst du bei mir.

Und wär ein König ich, und wär 
Die Erde mein, die Erde mein,
Du wärst in meiner Krone doch
Der schönste Stein, der schönste Stein!

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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, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2009, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Siân Goldthorpe

Text added to the website: 2003-11-19 00:00:00
Last modified: 2016-06-26 08:55:29
Line count: 16
Word count: 103