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Elibanks And Elibraes
TUNE: Killicrankie

 

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

Elibanks And Elibraes

1.
O, Elibanks and Elibraes
It was but aince I saw ye
But a' my days I'll sing your praise
Whaever may misca' ye.
Your trees were in their freshest bloom,
Your birds were singin' cheery
When thro' your wavin' yellow broom
I wander'd wi' my dearie!
2.
How sweet the siller mornin' sped
In cheerful contemplation!
How fast the gowden gloamin' fled
In loving conversation!
How doon the bank and up the brae
How could I every weary
In sic a place on sic a day
Wi' sic a bonnie dearie!
3.
O, Elibanks and Elibraes
Aye pleasant be your waters!
May a' your sons hae winning ways,
And lovely be your daughters!
My life to me maun surely be
Existence dull and dreary
If I forget the day we met
When I was wi' my dearie!

Eli River Banks And Eli Hillsides


O, Eli river banks and Eli hillsides
It was but oince I saw you
But all my days I will sing your praise
Who ever may miscall you.
Your trees were in their freshest bloom,
Your birds were singing cheery
When through your waving yellow broom
I wandered with my dear!

How sweet the silver morning sped
In cheerful contemplation!
How fast the golden gloaming (twilight) fled
In loving conversation!
How down the bank and up the slope
How could I every weary
In such a place on such a day
With such a lovely dear!

O, Eli river banks and Eli hillsides
Always pleasant be your waters!
May all your sons have winning ways,
And lovely be your daughters!
My life to me must surely be
Existence dull and dreary
If I forget the day we met
When I was with my dear!

 

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