by Robert Burns (1759 - 1796)
Translation by Wilhelm Christoph Leonhard Gerhard (1780 - 1858)

Ae fond kiss
Language: Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): FRE
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, nae chearful 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 fareweel, alas, for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee.

Confirmed with The Complete Poetical Works of Robert Burns, Cambridge edition, Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1897, page 163.


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  • CZE Czech (Čeština) (Josef Václav Sládek) , "Ještě jedno políbení"
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Un tendre baiser et nous nous séparons", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 24
Word count: 149

Einen Kuß noch, eh' wir scheiden
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the Scottish (Scots) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Einen Kuß noch, eh' wir scheiden, 
Und ein Lebewohl uns Beiden! 
Meines Herzens banges Sehnen
Hat nur Seufzer, hat nur Thränen.
Trübe Leid das Auge nimmer,
Dem noch blinkt ein Hoffnungsschimmer! 
Mir, ach! wird er nimmer blinken;
Muß in Nacht und Trauer sinken.

Doch wer tadelt, was geschehen?
Konnt' ich Nancy widerstehen? 
Fühlt' ich mich nicht gleich getrieben,
Sie und ewig sie zu lieben? 
Liebten wir uns nicht so innig, 
Herzten wir uns nicht so minnig, 
Hätten wir uns nie gesehen,
Fühlten wir nicht Herzenswehen.
 
Lebe wohl, du einzig Eine! 
Lebe wohl, du Engelreine! 
Blühe Glück auf deinen Wegen,
Lust und Wonne, Lieb' und Segen! 
Einen Kuß noch, eh wir scheiden,
Und ein Lebewohl uns Beiden! 
Meiner Seele banges Sehnen
Hat nur Seufzer, hat nur Thränen. 

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Robert Burns' Gedichte von W. Gerhard, Leipzig, Verlag von Johann Ambr. Barth, 1841, pages 168-169.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


Researcher for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator]

This text was added to the website: 2014-07-10
Line count: 24
Word count: 126