A Fond Kiss Poem by Robert Burns

A Fond Kiss

Rating: 3.5

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!

Jaedy Calderon 13 January 2012

nice and beautiful poem i love it [3

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Kevin Straw 13 January 2010

How disappointing to see this great lyric presented so badly. The heart of it has been torn out by an attempt to anglicise the dialect. Also there are bad errors in the “translation”: “ae” is “one” not “a” “sae” is “so” not “say” “ilka” is “every” not “like” The first error changes the meaning of the line, and the last two errors make their lines meaningless.

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Joey Valenzuela 13 January 2010

..... yeah.....a farewell poem....this is nice, , , but whom is this addressed....to his wife...? ? ? ? hehehe...is that a stupid one? ? ?

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Brian Purdy 13 January 2012

Thank you, Kevin Straw, for pointing out the errors made in transliteration to modern English. Those points certainly DO make a difference. To whomever posted this poem: have a care, sir or ms.! It should press upon your conscience to right the errors you have made. Can we hope that you will do so?

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nomad omnia 13 January 2010

Well said Kevin. It's a crime to ruin such a poem with ignorance. It's worth looking for Eddi Reader's version(s) of this on youtube - she sings it with real passion and with the proper pronounciation. Naebody does it better: -)

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 03 November 2022

true love feels not a farewell wherever it moves but a sensible love has afraid of lost! nice to read the romantic poem though it's within dialect form

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Suresh Kumar Ek 23 August 2020

thine be like a joy and treasure peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure nice

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 June 2020

A great romantic poem! Loved reading this fabulous piece......10/10

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Chinedu Dike 28 October 2019

Beautiful love poem, lovely and very passionate. Thanks for sharing.

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Swapan K Saha 30 September 2019

Nice composition

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Robert Burns

Robert Burns

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