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The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation



The Bonie Lad That's Far Awa
1.
O, how can I be blythe and glad,
Or how can I gang brisk and braw,
When the bonie lad that I lo'e best
Is o'er the hills and far awa?
2.
It's no the frosty winter wind,
It's no the driving drift and snaw;
But ay the tear comes in my e'e
To think on him that's far awa.
3.
My father pat me frae his door,
My friends they hae disown'd me a';
But I hae ane will tak my part --
The bonie lad that's far awa.
4.
A pair o' glooves he brought to me,
And silken snoods he gae me twa,
And I will wear them for his sake,
The bonie lad that's far awa.
5.
O, weary Winter soon will pass,
And Spring will cleed the birken shaw,
And my sweet babie will be born,
And he'll be hame that's far awa!

Note: - The reference to 'snoods' in verse 4,
and translated to fillets; was a fillet for the hair,
a type of net supporting the back hair, and in
old Scotland indicating a mark of virginity !!

 



The Handsome Lad That's Far Away

O, how can I be blithe and glad,
Or how can I go brisk and fine,
When the handsome lad that I love best
Is over the hills and far away?

It is not the frosty winter wind,
It is not the driving drift and snow;
But always the tear comes in my eye
To think on him that is far away.

My father put me from his door,
My friends they have disowned me all;
But I have one (who)will take my part -
The handsome lad that is far away.

A pair of gloves he brought to me,
And silken fillets he gave me two,
And I will wear them for his sake,
The handsome lad that is far away.

O, weary Winter soon will pass,
And Spring will clothe the birchwood thicket,
And my sweet baby will be born,
And he will be home that is far away!

 

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