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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXVI. THE MARRIAGE CEREMONY

          THE Vested Priest before the Altar stands;
          Approach, come gladly, ye prepared, in sight
          Of God and chosen friends, your troth to plight
          With the symbolic ring, and willing hands
          Solemnly joined. Now sanctify the bands
          O Father!--to the Espoused thy blessing give,
          That mutually assisted they may live
          Obedient, as here taught, to thy commands.
          So prays the Church, to consecrate a Vow
          "The which would endless matrimony make;"                   10
          Union that shadows forth and doth partake
          A mystery potent human love to endow
          With heavenly, each more prized for the other's sake;
          Weep not, meek Bride! uplift thy timid brow.


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