A Fond Kiss

A fond kiss, and then we sever;
A farewell, and then forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.
Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
While the star of hope she leaves him?
Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me;
Dark despair around benights me.
I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy,
Nothing could resist my Nancy;
But to see her was to love her;
Love but her, and love forever.
Had we never lov'd say kindly,
Had we never lov'd say blindly,
Never met--or never parted--
We had ne'er been broken-hearted.
Fare thee well, thou first and fairest!
Fare thee well, thou best and dearest!
Thine be like a joy and treasure,
Peace. enjoyment, love, and pleasure!
A fond kiss, and then we sever;
A farewell, alas, forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!

by Robert Burns

Comments (39)

Had we never lov'd say kindly, Had we never lov'd say blindly................o love, kiss but not on blind lips
A amazing poem for the kiss. One of the great writers.
Don’t ask but a random lyric of Van Morrison brought me here. Benights me. Just beautiful.
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The title of the song in Auld Scots is Ae Fond Kiss...it has been wrongly translated here as A Fond Kiss when it should be One Fond Kiss... He is asking for one last kiss before parting.
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