Ae Fond Kiss
from the " Songs of Robert Burns"
Robert Burns, 1792

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever
Ae 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're blame my partial fancy:
Naething could resist my Nancy!
But to see her was to love her
Love but her, and love forever.

Had we never lov'd sae kindly.
Had we never lov'd sae blindly,
Never met - or never parted -
We had na'er been broken-hearted.

Fair-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
Fair-the-weel, thou best and dearest!
Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
Peace, Enjoyment, Love and Pleasure!

Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
Ae farewell, alas, forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.

ilka - every
Fair-thee-weel - Fair-thee-well

4/15/2000