Ae Fond Kiss

by Sophie Ramsay

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From my album 'The Seas Between Us', (, this is Burns' famous song about his parting kiss with Nancy MacLehose. They had an (at least) epistolatory affair, where he called her Clarinda in case her husband should find the letters. Eventually he (the husband) discovered and took her away to live in the West Indies. Forty years later she wrote in her diary: "Parted with Burns forty years ago today, never to meet again in this life. Oh, may we meet in heaven!"


Ae fond kiss, and then we sever;
Ae fareweel and then forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge the,
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 forever.

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!


released September 19, 2016



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Sophie Ramsay is a singer and songwriter from Perthshire, a place where roe deer and tawny owls and beavers are. She writes songs that are personal and poetic, and recently recorded an album, 'The Glassy Mountain', with Scottish producer Jim Sutherland and some utterly lovely musicians. 3 of its songs are here. News of the album's release will follow. She has sung since before she can remember. ... more

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