Ye Banks and Braes (Traditional)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 373 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Ye Banks and Braes
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: William Beatton Moonie
Tune: Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon

Lyricist: Robert Burns
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: Lowland Scots
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1927 Bruce, Clements and Co.

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Original text and translations

Lowland_Scots.png Lowland Scots text

Ye banks and braes o’ bonnie Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary, fu’ o’ care?

The’ll break my heart, ye warbling birds
That wanton through the flowery thorn;
Ye mind me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I roved by bonnie Doon
To see the rose and woodbine twine:
And ilka bird sang o’ its Luve,
And fondly did I sae o’ mine.

Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause Luver staw my rose
But ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.