William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Bridal Song

Poem by William Shakespeare

ROSES, their sharp spines being gone,
Not royal in their smells alone,
   But in their hue;
Maiden pinks, of odour faint,
Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint,
   And sweet thyme true;

Primrose, firstborn child of Ver;
Merry springtime's harbinger,
   With her bells dim;
Oxlips in their cradles growing,
Marigolds on death-beds blowing,
   Larks'-heels trim;

All dear Nature's children sweet
Lie 'fore bride and bridegroom's feet,
   Blessing their sense!
Not an angel of the air,
Bird melodious or bird fair,
   Be absent hence!

The crow, the slanderous cuckoo, nor
The boding raven, nor chough hoar,
   Nor chattering pye,
May on our bride-house perch or sing,
Or with them any discord bring,
   But from it fly!


Comments about Bridal Song by William Shakespeare

  • yansel (2/28/2020 8:42:00 AM)

    what is the analyse of this poen(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (10/15/2019 11:04:00 PM)

    Not an angel of the air,
    Bird melodious or bird fair,
    Be absent hence!


    the great written greatly
    great poem
    great 10++(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (10/15/2019 11:32:00 AM)

    The great Shakespeare. a poet looks at differently.. tony(Report)Reply

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  • Banamala SenBanamala Sen (10/15/2019 10:01:00 AM)

    Marvellous! The flowers and the birds play a major role -

    All dear Nature's children sweet
    Lie 'fore bride and bridegroom's feet,
    Blessing their sense!(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/15/2019 9:46:00 AM)

    It is a great work by William Shakespeare. May his soul rest in peace.(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (10/15/2019 9:10:00 AM)

    A master piece of great poet offering blessings to the newly wed though the bridal song.(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (10/15/2019 8:44:00 AM)

    A poem whose beauty lies in the way the poet looks at things.
    And what a lovely construction!
    O Shakespeare thou hast no peer,(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/15/2019 5:25:00 AM)

    All dear Nature's children sweet
    Lie 'fore bride and bridegroom's feet,
    Blessing their sense! ...//// beautiful expression(Report)Reply

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  • Kingsley EgbukoleKingsley Egbukole (10/15/2019 4:55:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful. Kingsley Egbukole(Report)Reply

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  • Dominic WindramDominic Windram (10/15/2019 2:54:00 AM)

    A truly sumptuous poem courtesy of the Immortal Bard!(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (10/15/2019 2:40:00 AM)

    Beautiful bridal song only Shakespeare can create with the mixture of Nature in all its splendour to enjoy and appreciate ever!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/15/2019 2:06:00 AM)

    Bride-house perch! !
    With her bells dim.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • dharel kilaton (10/7/2019 4:10:00 AM)

    what do you understand about this poem?(Report)Reply

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  • Tina dutta (9/20/2018 11:03:00 AM)

    Really very beautiful poem(Report)Reply

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  • Pedo Bear (6/17/2018 9:10:00 PM)

    Blow, Blow... I like the sound of that!
    Anyone wanna help me understand that a bit more? ? ! ;)(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (4/11/2018 5:54:00 AM)

    May on our bride-house perch or sing.

    Nicely written.

    SYLVA-ONYEMA UBA(Report)Reply

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  • Shnarkle Wiendermen (11/29/2017 5:28:00 AM)

    The eggplant is a berry(Report)Reply

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  • priyanshu ojha (11/25/2017 8:36:00 PM)

    Very beaitifiul poems(Report)Reply

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (12/8/2016 5:33:00 AM)

    A blessing poem to the wedding couple....excellent style of presentation...I like the most the way flowers and birds are used for this poem- -great work(Report)Reply

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  • Fabrizio FrosiniFabrizio Frosini (1/13/2016 10:50:00 AM)

    This poem is a kind of an interment song, written four stanzas of six lines each.
    Shakespeare invites all the good within everything available in nature such as a rose flower into the bridal home to bless the bride and her bridegroom.
    shakespeare-etc.org(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 4, 2003