Robert Burns: Ae Fond Kiss


Ross and I again with Pete Clark on fiddle. One of the greatest love songs ever written. This is for Nancy or Agnes McLehose whom Burns met in Edinburgh: Clarinda to his Sylvander. A timeless classic. 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 cheerful 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 lov’d sae kindly, Had we never lov’d 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 fareweeli alas, for ever! Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee, Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee.

25 thoughts on “Robert Burns: Ae Fond Kiss

  1. @ferguslea
    thnx my friend. I alos have Annie Laurie posted: see my other videos

  2. Well done lads, I love Rabbies stuff, well the sonnets mare so than the poetry, this is a fine rendition of one of his best.
    (Alongside Annie Laurie, which is my all time fav)
    Healthy regards, Brian.

  3. thnx my friend…..and would that be Lochee as in Dundee? If so you’re a long way frae hame…..

  4. Some “educated” Canadian said Shakespeare wrote ” to see her is to love her”, I should have bet him before correcting him. My favorite Burn’s song, thank-you.

  5. Good on you, this is my favourite version of my favourite Burns song. Heartbreaking stuff that we can all relate to from Rabbie, and you brought across the emotion of it very well, kudos

  6. He certainly had a knack for that. He put into words the thoughts of many….and these are often as relevant today as they were when he penned them.
    Thnx for the comments
    slainté

  7. Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
    Ae fareweel, alas, for ever!
    Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
    Warring cries and groans I’ll wage thee!

    Been there, a love of long ago that did not mature. Then after 29 years to see her again… with loves maturity, but now a forbidden Love. Bobby Burns, your words of when you wrote them, still sing true today.

  8. Another excellent version, Kev. I’m in the process of learning this one, myself, and your videos are always helpful.
    Best,
    Jesse

  9. You’re really great singing Burns. Congratulations from an argentinian Burns’ admirer. I think Rabbie would enjoy listening to your versions.

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