O wert thou in the cauld blast,
On yonder lea, On yonder lea,
My plaidie to the angry airt...
I'd shelter thee, I'd shelter thee,
Or did misfortune's bitter storms
Around thee blaw, Around thee blaw,
Thy shield should be my bosom,
To share it a', To share it a'.
Or were I in the wildest waste,
Sae black and bare, Sae black and bare,
The dessert were a paradise,
If thou wert there, If thou wert there.
Or were I monarch of the globe,
With thee to reign, With thee to reign,
The brightest jewel in my crown,
Wad by my Queen, Wad by my Queen.
Mendelssohn, Felix, "O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast" (1859). Historic Sheet Music Collection. 32.
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