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The Young Highland Rover

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

1.
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 bonie Castle Gordon!
2.
The trees, now naked groaning,
Shall soon wi' leaves be hinging,
The birdies, dowie moaning,
Shall a' be blythely singing,
And every flower be springing:
Sae I'll rejoice the lee-lang day,
When (by his mighty Warden)
My youth's return'd to fair Strathspey
And bonie Castle Gordon!


Loud blow the frosty breezes,
The snows the mountains cover.
Like winter on me seizes,
Since my young Highland rover
Far wanders nations over.
Wherever he go, wherever he stray,
May Heaven be his warden!
Return him safe to fair Strathspey
And lovely Castle Gordon!

The trees, now naked groaning,
Shall soon with leaves be hanging,
The birdies, droopingly moaning,
Shall all be blythely singing,
And every flower be springing:
So I will rejoice the live-long day,
When (by his mighty Warden)
My youth is returned to fair Strathspey
And lovely Castle Gordon!

 

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