Ae Fond Kiss

1 Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
2 Ae fareweel, and then forever!
3 Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
4 Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.
5 Who shall say that Fortune grieves him,
6 While the star of hope she leaves him?
7 Me, nae cheerfu' twinkle lights me;
8 Dark despair around benights me.

9 I'll ne'er blame my partial fancy,
10 Naething could resist my Nancy;
11 But to see her was to love her;
12 Love but her, and love forever.
13 Had we never lov'd sae kindly,
14 Had we never lov'd sae blindly,
15 Never met--or never parted--
16 We had ne'er been broken-hearted.

17 Fare thee weel, thou first and fairest!
18 Fare thee weel, thou best and dearest!
19 Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
20 Peace. enjoyment, love, and pleasure!
21 Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
22 Ae fareweel, alas, forever!
23 Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
24 Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!

by Robert Burns

Comments (7)

Such a lovely poem by Robert Burns...................
My first time reading this by Burns, and I’m thinking, not for nothing does Burns have a good reputation as a poet. This is thoroughly accessible, flows well, and notice great phrasing in lines 4,6, and 23. -GK
But to see her was to love her; 12 Love but her, and love forever., .....A beautiful poem by Robert Burns.
Deep in heart! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
Great love poem depicting joy of finding love and pains given by love lost.
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