Friday, January 21, 2011

Burns Week: Day 4

After a long day at the library which ended in a serious headache over the two hour drive home, I've only just convinced the pain to mostly go away for long enough to get my Burns post posted. Therefore, this shall be a post of pictures even though I have lots to say after talking with Burnsian experts and looking at cool Burnsian stuff and finding out interesting things about Burns Night traditions. That'll all have to wait till tomorrow. For now, just a few of the things I came across today which don't even scratch the surface of what the library has in its awesome and magical and mysterious vault where the really cool old stuff is. No explanation will be given now for what you're seeing, just know that they're all Burns books and that sometimes the book itself is a work of art and needs no explanation...especially when one is nursing a headache.











Today's Burns sample goes along with the subject of yesterday's post, but first, look up these words together--Sylvander and Clarinda...or simply, Letters Addressed to Clarinda. In honor of this special relationship, I present to you, Ae fond Kiss:

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 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 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 farewell, alas! for ever!
Deep in heart-wrung tears I'll pledge thee,
Warring sighs and groans I'll wage thee!