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

Wha is that at my bower‑door?"
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): HUN
"Wha is that at my bower-door?"
"O wha is it but Findlay!"
"Then gae your gate, ye'se nae be here:"
"Indeed maun I," quo' Findlay;
"What mak' ye, sae like a thief?"
"O come and see," quo' Findlay;
"Before the morn ye'll work mischief:"
"Indeed will I," quo' Findlay.

"Gif I rise and let you in"-
"Let me in," quo' Findlay;
"Ye'll keep me waukin wi' your din;"
"Indeed will I," quo' Findlay;
"In my bower if ye should stay"-
"Let me stay," quo' Findlay;
"I fear ye'll bide till break o' day;"
"Indeed will I," quo' Findlay.

"Here this night if ye remain"-
"I'll remain," quo' Findlay;
"I dread ye'll [learn]1 the gate again;"
"Indeed will I," quo' Findlay.
"What may pass within this bower"-
"Let it pass," quo' Findlay;
"Ye maun conceal till your last hour:"
"Indeed will I," quo' Findlay.

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1 Scott: "ken"

Glossary
maun = must
bide = remain
waukin = awake
din = noise
ken = know


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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Kdo do komůrky mé by rád?"
  • HUN Hungarian (Magyar) (Tamás Rédey) , "Ki vagy te ott a kert alatt?", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Wer ist vor meiner Kammerthür?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): DUT ENG ENG FRE
Wer ist vor meiner Kammerthür? --
    "Ich bin es," -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Geh, [pack']2 dich fort! was suchst du hier? --
    "Gar Süßes!" -- [sagte Finlay --]1
Du kommst im Dunkeln, wie ein Dieb. --
    "So fang mich!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Du hast mich wohl ein wenig lieb? --
     "Von Herzen!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1

Und öffnet' ich nach deinem [Sinn]3 --
    "O öffne!" -- [flehte Finlay --]1
Da wär ja Schlaf und Ruhe hin; --
    "Laß hin sein!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Ein Tauber du im Taubenschlag! --
    "Beim Täubchen!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1
Du girrtest bis zum hellen Tag. --
    "Wohl möglich!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1

Nein! nimmer lass' ich dich herein! --
    "Thu's dennoch!" -- [flehte Finlay --]1
Du stelltest wohl dich täglich ein? --
    "Mit Freuden!" -- [sagte Finlay --]1
Wie keck du bist und was du wagst! --
    "So darf ich?" -- [fragte Finlay --]1
Daß du's nur keiner Seele sagst! --
    "Gewiß nicht!" -- [sagte Finlay. --]1

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Confirmed with Robert Burns’ Gedichte, deutsch von W. Gerhard, Leipzig: Verlag von Joh. Ambr. Barth., 1840, page2 161-162

1 omitted by Schumann
2 Schumann: "schier"
3 Schumann: "Wunsch!"

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  • DUT Dutch (Nederlands) [singable] (Lau Kanen) , copyright © 2012, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (David K. Smythe) , no title, copyright ©, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2003-11-20 00:00:00
Last modified: 2017-07-22 12:59:09
Line count: 24
Word count: 141