The Wedding

O marriage-bells, your clamor tells
Two weddings in one breath.
SHE marries whom her love compels:
-- And I wed Goodman Death!
My brain is blank, my tears are red;
Listen, O God: -- "I will," he said: --
And I would that I were dead.
Come groomsman Grief and bridesmaid Pain
Come and stand with a ghastly twain.
My Bridegroom Death is come o'er the meres
To wed a bride with bloody tears.
Ring, ring, O bells, full merrily:
Life-bells to her, death-bells to me:
O Death, I am true wife to thee!

by Sidney Lanier

Comments (31)

THAT SHOULD TO THE MOST HAPPY DAYS OF YOUR LIFE TO BE IN LOVE WITH THE WOMAN OF YOUR LIFE FOREVER
YOUR WEDDING SHOULD BE THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE
nice poem, great piece of artwork........, thanks for sharing.10++++
Great piece of artwork....
so nice one.. i reading for the first time in poem hunter about marriage
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