Bridal Ballad Poem by Edgar Allan Poe

Bridal Ballad

Rating: 3.2


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.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Haikal Hamzah 02 December 2016

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

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Halin Roche 27 April 2016

simply superb.... loved it.... ;)

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* Sunprincess * 28 January 2014

.........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

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John Richter 19 March 2015

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.

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John Kearns 15 May 2015

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

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Yunika Bhattarai 01 January 2021

It was nice in my point of view

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Wilford Brimley 06 November 2020

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L Milton Hankins 20 September 2020

There's always a hit of sadness and despair in the poems of Edgar Allan Poe. This is no exception.

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YeEt QuEeN! 31 August 2020

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Juliet L. Languedoc 16 July 2020

Thanks for your poem!

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