Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

Bridal Ballad - Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

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.

Form: Ballad

Comments about Bridal Ballad by Edgar Allan Poe

  • (11/3/2018 4:28:00 PM)

    This man of poetry and story was very much under rated in his lifetime. He was recognized thereafter as a true master of word and feeling. (Report) Reply

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  • Petals Azureblue (11/2/2018 12:45:00 AM)

    It is sad when one's true love dies. It is sadder when the surviving lover cannot move on because of that loss. It is saddest if upon trying to move on the memory of the departed mars what graces might be shared with the present new. Thanks for posting...enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • (10/19/2018 3:11:00 PM)

    That is really loving and also sad.: ( (Report) Reply

  • Babaji P Babaji P (8/3/2018 8:21:00 AM)

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  • (7/23/2018 12:26:00 AM)

    Love KA VasHikarAn SpeciAList +91-9166619266 (Report) Reply

  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (7/12/2018 3:40:00 AM)

    I love Edgar Allen Poe! ! 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (5/23/2018 5:21:00 AM)

    Excellent use of rhyme and rhyme scheme.
    Poem embellished with a musical touch.

    (Report) Reply

  • (5/2/2018 9:20:00 AM)

    I need a copy please (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2018 12:46:00 PM)

    i need a summary please (Report) Reply

  • (4/6/2018 9:33:00 PM)

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  • (3/7/2018 3:22:00 PM)

    I love Edgar Allen Poe (Report) Reply

  • (1/9/2018 10:39:00 AM)

    I do not understand poems or anything about them (Report) Reply

    (1/22/2018 8:26:00 AM)

    me too... i have no idea what any of this meant

  • Abhimanyu Kumar.s (12/11/2017 11:46:00 PM)

    This a lovely poem for the Man who wishes to capture the moment of wedlock. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/25/2017 10:38:00 AM)

    And my soul is sorely shaken
    Lest an evil step be taken, -
    Lest the dead who is forsaken
    May not be happy now.
    Great poem, thanks.
    (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2016 1:11:00 AM)

    This is a very nice poem about him getting married to his cousin. this is a very interesting poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/27/2016 3:43:00 AM)

    simply superb.... loved it.... ;) (Report) Reply

  • (12/6/2015 6:52:00 AM)

    the way he chooses the words and the image of the poem. Magnificent! (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2015 8:58:00 PM)

    .........great rhythm...excellent write ★ (Report) Reply

  • (3/19/2015 12:45:00 PM)

    So - to understand - Poe is speaking as a bride? That has to be deduced by the wreath upon her head as that was quite common for the bride in the latter 19th century. It sounds as though she had cold feet - rethought it after conversation with God - or perhaps her intended - went to the church yard and went through with the wedding. I must assume lord is referring to her fiancé - probably a wealthy man (the finest satin I now have command of) who she did not really love - and that D'elormie was her true love - but he died in battle - assuming the American Civil War. Which brought me to the final verse, where following the logic she is concerned that dead D'elormie would be unhappy - in the spirit world - due to her marriage to this man she did not love. This was a lot of work to decipher and sadly I don't feel rewarded for having done so. If I wanted to work puzzles I would have gone to a puzzle website. (Report) Reply

    John Kearns (5/15/2015 6:32:00 AM)

    Poe is speaking as the groom or man in the story...poem.

  • Mark Arvizu (10/15/2014 7:41:00 PM)

    Always a few dark shadows in everything with EAP (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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