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How Lang And Dreary Is The Night
TUNE: A Gaelic Air

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation


How Lang And Dreary Is The Night

Chorus
For O, her lanely nights are lang,
And O, her dreams are eerie,
And O, her widow'd heart is sair,
That's absent frae her dearie!
1.
How lang and dreary is the night,
When I am frae my dearie!
I restless lie frae e'en to morn,
Tho' I were ne'er sae weary.
2.
When I think on the lightsome days
I spent wi' thee, my dearie,
And now what seas between us roar,
How can I be but eerie?
3.
How slow ye move, ye heavy hours!
The joyless day how dreary!
It was na sae ye glinted by,
When I was wi' my dearie!


How Long And Dreary Is The Night

Chorus
For O, her lonely nights are long,
And O, her dreams are eerie (full of fear),
And O, her widowed heart is sore (sad),
That is absent from her deary!

How long and dreary is the night,
When I am from my deary!
I restless lie from evening to morning,
Though I were never so weary.

When I think on the lightsome days
I spent with you, my deary,
And now what seas between us roar,
How can I be but full of fear?

How slow you move, you heavy hours!
The joyless day how dreary!
It was not so you sparkled by,
When I was with my deary!

 

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