12. Ae Fond Kiss

Sophie heard Scottish songstress Rachel Sermanni sing a beautiful version of this Robert Burns poem. Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

Lyrics:
Ae fond kiss and then we sever
Ae fareweel, and then 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, no cheerful twinkle lights me
Dark despair around benights me

I’ll ne’er blame my partial fancy
Nothing could resist my Nancy
But to see her was to love her
Love but her, and love for ever

Had we never loved so kindly
Had we never loved so blindly
Never met – nor never parted
We had ne’er been broken-hearted

Fare thee weel, though first and fairest
Fare thee weel, though best and dearest
Thine be all the joy and treasure
Peace enjoyment love and pleasure

I’ll ne’er blame my partial fancy
Nothing could resist my Nancy
But to see her was to love her
Love but her, and love for ever







***These lyrics are in the public domain***

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