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A Rose-bud, By My Early Walk
TUNE: A Rose-bud

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation


1.
A rose-bud, by my early walk
Adown a corn-inclosed bawk,
Sae gently bent its thorny stalk,
All on a dewy morning.
Ere twice the shades o' dawn are fled,
In a' its crimson glory spread
And drooping rich the dewy head,
It scents the early morning.
2.
Within the bush her covert nest
A little linnet fondly prest,
The dew sat chilly on her breast,
Sae early in the morning.
She soon shall see her tender brood,
The pride, the pleasure o' the wood,
Amang the fresh green leaves bedow'd,
Awake the early morning.
3.
So thou, dear bird, young Jeany fair,
On trembling string or vocal air
Shall sweetly pay the tender care
That tents thy early morning!
So thou, sweet rose-bud, young and gay,
Shalt beauteous blaze upon the day,
And bless the parent's evening ray
That watch'd thy early morning!



A rose-bud, by my early walk
Down a corn-enclosed field-path,
So gently bent its thorny stalk,
All on a dewy morning.
Ere twice the shades of dawn are fled,
In all its crimson glory spread
And drooping rich the dewy head,
It scents the early morning.

Within the bush her covert nest
A little linnet fondly pressed,
The dew sat chilly on her breast,
So early in the morning.
She soon shall see her tender brood,
The pride, the pleasure of the wood,
Among the fresh green leaves bedewed,
Awake the early morning.

So you, dear bird, young Jeany fair,
On trembling string or vocal air
Shall sweetly pay the tender care
That guards your early morning!
So you, sweet rose-bud, young and gay,
Shall beauteous blaze upon the day,
And bless the parent's evening ray
That watched your early morning!

 

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