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Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!
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;
Naething could resist my Nancy;
But to see her was to love her,
Love but her, and love for ever.

Had we never loved sae kindly,
Had we never loved sae blindly,
Never met—or never parted,
We had ne'er 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 I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!

Ae fond Kiss by Hazric

H. Willan : Ae fond Kiss

This is the beautiful poem by Robert Burns with its equally beguiling melody. Vocals, guitar and keyboards by me and I was delighted to have backing vocals from my lovely wife Nicole

Karen Matheson with Paul Brady - Ae Fond Kiss

Eddi Reader - Ae Fond Kiss (Celtic Connections 2003)

Padme survives childbirth and goes into hiding with Leia on Alderaan while Obi-Wan takes Luke to Tatoonine. This is Padme's soothing song to a battle-worn and broken-hearted Obi-Wan

County Kerry Harp - Ae Fond Kiss (Trad.), Paula Smith

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Second only to My Love is Like a Red Red Rose, this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written by Burns as well as one of the saddest.

Burns met Agnes McLehose (AKA, Nancy, Clarinda) first in December 4 1787 about seven years after separating from her husband. By this time Burns had had affairs with at least Elizabeth Paton, Jean Armour, possibly Mary Campbell (Highland Mary), and possibly Meg Cameron and within a short time after, Jenny Clow. There is a great deal of correspondence between them during the rest of that year and in 1788, trailing off thereafter.

Nancy McLehose, several months older than Burns had met her husband James McLehose two months after her 18th birthday and had 3 or 4 children. The marriage came off the rails, he spent time in a London debtor's prison and had taken off to Jamaica. In 1791 she attempted to rejoin her husband in Jamaica who refused to meet with her and she returned by the same ship.