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It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King
TUNE: Molly Stuart

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

It Was A' For Our Rightfu' King
1.
It was a' for our rightfu' king
We left fair Scotland's strand;
It was a' for our rightfu' king
We e'er saw Irish land,
My dear -
We e'er saw Irish land.
2.
Now a' is done that men can do,
And a' is done in vain,
My love and Native Land fareweel,
For I maun cross the main,
My dear -
For I maun cross the main.
3.
He turn'd him right and round about
Upon the Irish shore,
And gae his bridle reins a shake,
With adieu for evermore,
My dear -
And adieu for evermore!
4.
The sodger frae the wars returns,
The sailor frae the main,
But I hae parted frae my love
Never to meet again,
My dear -
Never to meet again.
5.
When day is gane, and night is come,
And a' folk bound to sleep,
I think on him that's far awa
The lee-lang night, and weep,
My dear -
The lee-lang night, and weep.

It Was All For Our Rightful King

It was all for our rightful king
We left fair Scotland's strand;
It was all for our rightful king
We ever saw Irish land,
My dear -
We ever saw Irish land.

Now all is done that men can do,
And all is done in vain,
My love and Native Land farewell,
For I must cross the main,
My dear -
For I must cross the main.

He turned him right and round about
Upon the Irish shore,
And gave his bridle reins a shake,
With adieu for evermore,
My dear -
And adieu for evermore!

The soldier from the wars returns,
The sailor from the main,
But I have parted from my love
Never to meet again,
My dear -
Never to meet again.

When day is gone, and night is come,
And all folk bound to sleep,
I think on him that is far away
The live-long night, and weep,
My dear -
The live-long night, and weep.

 

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