Till a’ the seas gang dry./ Till a’ the seas gang dry, my Dear
Use of incremental repetition in the final line of verse two and first line of verse three underlines the notion that his love will prevail.
the rocks melt wi' the sun
The idea of prevailing love is enhanced by the naturalistic imagery in this verse. Their love will have more permanence than
the rocks, and will go on even after all the oceans have run dry.
the sands o’ life shall run
As long as humanity itself is sustained, the persona’s love will endure. Once again, the terms by which the speaker loves are highly embellished in this verse, but the figurative language is effective is presenting a speaker totally enraptured and willing to pledge himself to one person for the rest of his life.