‘A Fond Kiss’ by Robert Burns

‘A Fond Kiss’

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“A fond kiss, and then we sever;
A farewell, and then forever!
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 cheerfu’ 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 forever.
Had we never lov’d say kindly,
Had we never lov’d say blindly,
Never met–or never parted–
We had ne’er been broken-hearted.
Fare thee well, thou first and fairest!
Fare thee well, thou best and dearest!
Thine be like a joy and treasure,
Peace. enjoyment, love, and pleasure!
A fond kiss, and then we sever;
A farewell, alas, forever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I’ll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I’ll wage thee!”

Some Robert Burns for you to enjoy ahead of tomorrow’s Burns Night. You can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Create a poem for National Libraries Day 2016

Saturday 6 February

Do you remember your first visit to the library? Did a helpful member of staff explain the Dewey Decimal system? Perhaps you were enticed by the video rental service? Maybe you’re still planning your first visit? We would love to hear about your first library experience so why not submit a poem to the poetry blog?

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS : 6 February 2016.

There is no prize for the submission, but we would like to publish your poem on the blog. We cannot guarantee which poems will be included but will try to add as many as possible.

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