Ae Fond Kiss
  • This exquisite parting song was written for and sent to Agnes McLehose, the Nancy in the poem, on her departure for Jamaica in 1791.
  • They never met again, although they had enjoyed a long platonic relationship, by letter in which she was 'Clarinda' and he 'Sylvander'.
  • Ae fond kiss, and then we sever,-
  • Ae fareweel, and then-for ever
  • Deep in heart-wrung tears Iíll pledge thee!
  • Warring sighs and groans Iíll wage thee !
  • Who shall say that fortnne grieves him,
  • While the star of hope she leaves him?
  • Me, nae chearfuí twinkle lights me,-
  • Dark despair around benights me.
  • Iíll neíer blame my partial fancy,
  • Naething could resist my Nancy;
  • But to see her, was to love her-
  • Love but her, and love for ever.
  • Had we never lovíd sae kindly-
  • Had we never lovíd sae blindly-
  • Never met-or never parted,
  • We had neíer been broken-hearted!
  • Fare-thee-weel, thou first and fairest!
  • Fare-thee-weel, thou best and dearest!
  • Thine be ilka joy and treasure,
  • Peace, Enjoyment, Love, and Pleasure!
  • Ae fond kiss, and then we sever!
  • Ae fareweel, alas for ever!
  • Deep in heart-wrung tears Iíll pledge thee
  • Warring sighs and groans Iíll wage thee.
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