by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

O lovely Polly Stewart
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
    O lovely Polly Stewart,
    O charming Polly Stewart,
There's not a flower that blooms in May,
    That's half so fair as thou art.

The flower it blaws, it fades and fa's,
    And art can ne'er renew it ;
But Worth and Truth eternal Youth
    Will give to Polly Stewart!

May he [whase arms shall fauld thy charms]1
    Possess a leal a true heart !
To him be given to ken the heav'n
    He [grasps]2 in Polly Stewart !

    O lovely Polly Stewart,
    O charming Polly Stewart.
There's ne'er a flower that blooms in May
    That's half so sweet as thou art.

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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 259.

1 Beethoven: "who wins thy matchless charm"
2 Beethoven: "gains"


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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Ignaz Brüll.

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Research team for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani , Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2006-06-11
Line count: 18
Word count: 103