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

  • (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

    13 person liked.
    16 person did not like.
  • (4/27/2016 3:43:00 AM)

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

  • (2/4/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    Report mid=5649820
    This must be a big step for him to be getting married to his COUSIN? Only Poe can write these kind of poems. SERIOUSLY! Already Reported Reply

  • (2/4/2016 9:53:00 PM)

    This must be a big step for him since he is getting married to his COUSIN? (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 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

  • (6/11/2014 1:31:00 PM)

    I love it............. (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2014 1:30:00 PM)

    I love it............. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/26/2014 1:02:00 PM)

    Bridal thoughts and feelings. Very nice in the sensitivity. WONDERFUL poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2014 7:55:00 PM)

    .........nicely done, great rhyme, great rhythm and great flow...love
    how he went into the mind of the bride, seems like she may have
    had second thoughts after the fact...written so well as only Poe can do
    (Report) Reply

Read all 13 comments »

User Rating:
3,0 / 5 ( 143 votes ) 12

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: happy, evil, faith, dream, ballad, god, heart, kiss

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

[Report Error]