Ae Fond Kiss
Traditional - Robert Burns, 1759–1796 Arrangement by Jennifer Mylod
fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae farewell, alas, for
heart-wrung tears - I'll pledge
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!
And who shall say - that fortune grieves him While the star of hope she leaves him? For me - no cheerful - twinkle lights me, Just dark despair -around- be-nights me.
Had we never loved so kindly… And had we never loved - so blindly, Had never met -or never parted, We’d have ne'er been broken - hearted.
So fare thee well, my first and fairest, Fare thee well, my best and dearest! For thine be every joy and treasure, Peace, enjoyment, love, and pleasure!
Scotland’s national bard – Robert Burns, wrote this song in December of 1791 for Mrs. Agnes Craig McLehose, who was sailing from Scotland for Jamaica. He sent her these verses – set to the tune of “Rory Dall’s Port”. He died a few years later, at the age of 37.