(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Bridal Ballad

The ring is on my hand,
And the wreath is on my brow;
Satin and jewels grand
Are all at my command,
And I am happy now.

And my lord he loves me well;
But, when first he breathed his vow,
I felt my bosom swell-
For the words rang as a knell,
And the voice seemed his who fell
In the battle down the dell,
And who is happy now.

But he spoke to re-assure me,
And he kissed my pallid brow,
While a reverie came o'er me,
And to the church-yard bore me,
And I sighed to him before me,
Thinking him dead D'Elormie,
"Oh, I am happy now!"

And thus the words were spoken,
And this the plighted vow,
And, though my faith be broken,
And, though my heart be broken,
Here is a ring, as token
That I am happy now!

Would God I could awaken!
For I dream I know not how!
And my soul is sorely shaken
Lest an evil step be taken,-
Lest the dead who is forsaken
May not be happy now.

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Her name was Virginia Clemm. It was an under-age " cousin marriage" . She died of tuberculosis aged 24. The poem was probably composed in May 1849, only five months before Poe's own death in Baltimore.
A wonderful profound bridal song depicting her sentiments and emotions while taking wedding vows.
Captivating. Realism. Hurt. Joy. Love.
While a reverie came o'er me, And to the church-yard bore me, And I sighed to him before me, Thinking him dead D'Elormie, " Oh, I am happy now! " beautiful poem great writings great 10+++++++++
Beautiful piece from a beautiful mind. A legend
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