by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Adolf Wilhelm Ernst von Winterfeld (1824 - 1888)

O were my Love yon lilac fair
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
O were my Love yon lilac fair,
  Wi' purple blossoms to the spring,
And I a bird to shelter there,
  When wearied on my little wing;
How I wad mourn when it was torn
  By autumn wild and winter rude!
But I wad sing on wanton wing
  When youthfu' May its bloom renew'd.
 
O gin my Love were yon red rose
  That grows upon the castle wa',
And I mysel a drap o' dew,
  Into her bonnie breast to fa';
[O there, beyond expression blest,
  I'd feast on beauty a' the night;
Seal'd on her silk-saft faulds to rest,
  Till fley'd awa' by Phoebus' light.]1

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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by Henri-François-Louis-Auguste Potez (b. 1863) ; composed by André Gédalge.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Wilhelm Ernst von Winterfeld (1824 - 1888) , "O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth'" ; composed by Otto Bach, Ernst Paul Flügel.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by L. G. Silbergleit , "O wär' mein Lieb" ; composed by Jan Karol Gall, Eugène Jámbor, Rudolf Krzyzanowski.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Ferdinand Freiligrath (1810 - 1876) ; composed by Carl Banck, August Conradi, Wilhelm Heiser, Carl Krebs, Arnold Krug, C. Adolph Oberdörffer, Hans Michael Schletterer, Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by (Johann) Philipp Kaufmann (1802 - 1846) , no title, appears in Gedichte von Robert Burns, first published 1839 [an adaptation] ; composed by Alban Maria Johannes Berg.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Johann Bernhard André.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist ; composed by Frederick Brandeis.

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O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth'
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): ENG
O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth',
     Beglänzt vom Abendsonnenschein,
Und ich das Vöglein, das sich müd',
     Auf ihr in Schlummer wiegte ein.

Wie wollt' ich trauern, wenn sie dann
     Die holden Glöcklein eingebüßt,
Wie wollt' ich jubeln, wenn der Mai
     Sie endlich wieder wachgeküßt.

O, wär' mein Lieb ein Röslein roth,
     Das auf dem Walle wächst mit Lust,
Und ich, o ich, ein Tröpflein Thau,
     Das niedersänk' in ihre Brust.

O dort, auf sammtnem Blatt gewiegt,
     Wollt' schwelgen ich die ganze Nacht,
An ihren duft'gen Kelch geschmiegt,
     Bis daß der neue Tag erwacht.

Confirmed with Lieder und Balladen von Robert Burns. Aus dem Englischen, schottischer Mundart von A.v. Winterfeld, Berlin: Verlag von A. Hofmann & Comp., 1860, page 37


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  • by Otto Bach (1833 - 1893), "O, wär' mein Lieb die Fliederblüth'", op. 11 (Lieder und Gesänge für eine Singstimme mit Clavier-Begleitung) no. 1, published 1865 [voice and piano], Berlin: Georg Plothow [ sung text checked 1 time]
  • by Ernst Paul Flügel (1844 - 1912), "O wär' mein Lieb' die Fliederblüth'", op. 4 (Sechs Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 6, published 1867 [voice and piano], Greifswald, Verlag der Academischen Buchhandlung (and later: Leipzig, Leuckart, 1876) [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]

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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Oh, were my love the lilac blossom", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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Text added to the website: 2009-09-14 00:00:00
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