Robert Burns

(1759-1796 / Ayrshire / Scotland)

Ae Fond Kiss

Poem by Robert Burns

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!


Comments about Ae Fond Kiss by Robert Burns

  • Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess (10/21/2019 11:29:00 PM)

    The Scottish spelling only adds to the charm of this love poem by the great Robert Burns!
    Aptly chosen as Poem of the Day.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/21/2019 11:15:00 PM)

    Fantastic love song depicting joy on finding ones love and sense of jubilation that follows and acute pain over severing relations with that love and parting for ever. A great classic and well deserved classic poem of the day.(Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (10/21/2019 4:04:00 PM)

    Beautifully articulated. Thanks for sharing Kingsley Egbukole(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl LathamTamara Beryl Latham (10/21/2019 10:17:00 AM)

    Love can be a crown or crucifix as evidenced by the words of Burns, the poet. Profound. : -)(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/21/2019 7:50:00 AM)

    Farewell with a fond kiss does not end real eternal love says the poet! It's an expression true passion of love sure!(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/21/2019 4:36:00 AM)

    Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
    Ae farewell, and then forever! // superb and beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (10/21/2019 2:29:00 AM)

    Lovely love poem that vividly captures the joys and sorrows of a relationship.(Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (10/21/2018 6:45:00 PM)

    Such a lovely poem by Robert Burns...................(Report)Reply

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  • Glen KappyGlen Kappy (10/21/2018 8:44:00 AM)

    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(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/21/2018 8:05:00 AM)

    But to see her was to love her;
    12 Love but her, and love forever., .....A beautiful poem by Robert Burns.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/21/2018 3:29:00 AM)

    Deep in heart! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/21/2018 12:33:00 AM)

    Great love poem depicting joy of finding love and pains given by love lost.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (4/21/2018 10:15:00 AM)

    Good poem embellished in an octave of three equal stanzas.

    Beautiful rhyme scheme of
    Aa, bb, cc. dd in the first Octave.

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  • Bill Wright (10/1/2016 9:47:00 AM)

    Another beautiful love poem from the Bard, beautiful when sung.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, May 13, 2001

Poem Edited: Sunday, May 13, 2001


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