by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

I'll ay ca' in by yon town
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
I'll ay ca' in by yon town,
  And by yon garden green, again;
I'll ay ca' in by yon town,
  And see my bonie Jean again. -

There 's nane sall ken, there 's nane sall guess,
  What brings me back the gate again,
But she, my fairest faithfu' lass,
  And stownlins we sall meet again. -
    I'll ay ca' in by yon town...

She'll wander by the aiken tree,
  When trystin time draws near again;
And when her lovely form I see,
  O haith, she 's doubly dear again!
    I'll ay ca' in by yon town...

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858) , "Heimliches Wiedersehen", from Robert Burns' Gedichte: deutsch von W. Gerhard, first published 1840 [an adaptation] DUT ENG ; composed by Otto Dresel, Hubert Ferdinand Kufferath, Robert Schumann.

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