Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
VIII. Wedded Love
The Golden Wedding
David Gray (1838–1861)
O LOVE, whose patient pilgrim feet
  Life’s longest path have trod,
Whose ministry hath symbolled sweet
  The dearer love of God,—
The sacred myrtle wreathes again        5
  Thine altar, as of old;
And what was green with summer then,
  Is mellowed, now, to gold.
Not now, as then, the Future’s face
  Is flushed with fancy’s light;        10
But Memory, with a milder grace,
  Shall rule the feast to-night.
Blest was the sun of joy that shone,
  Nor less the blinding shower—
The bud of fifty years agone        15
  Is Love’s perfected flower.
O Memory, ope thy mystic door!
  O dream of youth, return!
And let the lights that gleamed of yore
  Beside this altar burn!        20
The past is plain; ’t was Love designed
  E’en Sorrow’s iron chain,
And Mercy’s shining thread has twined
  With the dark warp of Pain.
So be it still. O thou who hast        25
  That younger bridal blest,
Till the May-morn of love has passed
  To evening’s golden west,
Come to this later Cana, Lord,
  And, at thy touch divine,        30
The water of that earlier board
  To-night shall turn to wine.

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