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

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


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

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  • Glen 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

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


    Deep in heart! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (10/21/2018 12:33:00 AM)


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

  • Sylvaonyema 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.

    SylvaOnyema Uba
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  • (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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