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Ae Fond Kiss

from The First Sangs by Iona Fyfe

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Robert Burns wrote Ae Fond Kiss after his final meeting with Agnes Maclehose (Clarinda or Nancy). The text was sent to Agnes on 27th December 1791 before she departed for Jamaica to be with her estranged husband. When Burns lived in Edinburgh, he established a relationship with Agnes and they began to write love letters to eachother using psedonyms ‘Clarinda’ and ‘Sylvander’.


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
Nothing can resist my Nancy
For 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
Nor never met, nor never parted
We would never have been so broken-hearted

Fare thee weel, my first and fairest
Fare thee weel, my best and dearest
Thine be like joy and treasure…
Peace, enjoyment, love and pleasure


from The First Sangs, released March 1, 2015
Iona Fyfe: vocals, piano


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Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.The youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de)

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