‘Till Death Do Us Part
As part of celebrating Burns night we always stand around the piano for a while and sing some old Scottish songs, some by Burns, some not. Lots of nationalistic songs proclaiming the many virtues of Scotland, and lots of love songs. Most of which are incredibly sad ones, there’s something about this country that lends its poets to melancholy… Still, I think one of the most poignant and beautiful of the many love poems Burns wrote is this one:
“Ae fond kiss, and then we sever
Ae 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 cheerful twinkle lights me,
Dark despair around benights me.