by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)

Where Cart rins rowing to the sea
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
Where Cart rins rowing to the sea,
By mony a flow'r and spreading tree,
There lives a lad, the lad for me,
He is a gallant [weaver]1.
Oh I had wooers eight or nine,
They gied me rings and ribbons fine;
And I was fear'd my heart wou'd tine,
And I gied it to the weaver.
My daddie sign'd my tocher band,
To gi'e the lad that has the land,
But to my heart I'll add my hand,
And gi'e it to the weaver.
While birds rejoice in leafy bowers;
While bees delight in opening flowers;
While corn grows green in [simmer]2 showers,
I love my gallant weaver.

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Ayont = beyond
Rowing = rolling
Tine = be lost
Tocher band = marriage settlement, dowry

Confirmed with Robert Burns, The Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1919, page 421.

1 Haydn: "sailor", passim.
2 Haydn: "summer"


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 Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Catharinus Elling, Eugène Jámbor.

Other available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Jaroslav Vrchlický) , "Dvorný tkadlec"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "La vieille femme près du feu", copyright © 2019, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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

This text was added to the website: 2009-09-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 108