Loud blaw the frosty breezes, The snaws the mountains cover. Like winter on me seizes, Since my young Highland rover Far wanders nations over. Where'er he go, where'er he stray, May Heaven be his warden; Return him safe to fair Strathspey, And bonnie Castle Gordon. The trees now naked groaning, Shall soon wi' leaves be hinging, The birdies dowie moaning, Shall a' be blythly singing, And ev'ry flow'r be springing. Sae I'll rejoice the lee lang day, When (by [his]1 Mighty Warden) My Youth's return'd to fair Strathspey, And bonnie Castle Gordon.
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Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 207.
Note: according to the Bennett score, "my young Highland rover" (line 4) refers to "the young Chevalier, Prince Charles Edward"
Dowie = sadly
- by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), "The young Highland rover" [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by William Sterndale Bennett (1816 - 1875), "Castle Gordon", op. 36 (Sechs Lieder für 1 Singstimme mit Pianoforte) no. 4, published 1856 [voice and piano], Leipzig, Kistner, also set in German (Deutsch) [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by (Franz) Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809), "The young Highland rover", Hob. XXXIa no. 143, JHW. XXXII/2 no. 143 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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- Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Klingemann (1798 - 1862) FRE ; composed by William Sterndale Bennett.
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- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Researcher for this text: Ferdinando Albeggiani
This text was added to the website: 2013-03-28
Line count: 18
Word count: 92