Sidney Lanier

(1842-1881 / Macon / Georgia)

The Wedding

Poem by Sidney Lanier

O marriage-bells, your clamor tells
Two weddings in one breath.
SHE marries whom her love compels:
-- And I wed Goodman Death!
My brain is blank, my tears are red;
Listen, O God: -- "I will," he said: --
And I would that I were dead.
Come groomsman Grief and bridesmaid Pain
Come and stand with a ghastly twain.
My Bridegroom Death is come o'er the meres
To wed a bride with bloody tears.
Ring, ring, O bells, full merrily:
Life-bells to her, death-bells to me:
O Death, I am true wife to thee!


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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (6/9/2019 4:22:00 AM)

    Marriage bell
    will ring
    bride and groom will come
    child will come
    old age will come
    death will come//// great 10+++++++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (10/13/2018 9:51:00 AM)

    A desperate lover's clamor!(Report)Reply

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  • Haidee Majola (7/28/2018 8:34:00 AM)

    A vivid picture of the emotions at the wedding. Well scripted.(Report)Reply

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  • Inguruwattadewage Pushpadewa Chaminda (7/25/2018 11:49:00 AM)

    the men who loves to girl but she decided that married other men therefor you have to praying god until death it might be explained from this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvaonyema UbaSylvaonyema Uba (4/19/2018 7:40:00 AM)

    A good sonnet with a good rhyme scheme

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  • Jerry WellsJerry Wells (12/19/2017 9:38:00 PM)

    THAT SHOULD TO THE MOST HAPPY DAYS OF YOUR LIFE TO BE IN LOVE WITH THE WOMAN OF YOUR LIFE FOREVER(Report)Reply

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  • Jerry WellsJerry Wells (12/11/2017 3:20:00 PM)

    YOUR WEDDING SHOULD BE THE BEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE(Report)Reply

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  • Kshirod Kumar DehuryKshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 3:16:00 AM)

    nice poem, great piece of artwork........, thanks for sharing.10++++(Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (11/26/2017 5:41:00 AM)

    Great piece of artwork....(Report)Reply

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  • Sakalabaktula SairajSakalabaktula Sairaj (11/17/2017 2:51:00 AM)

    so nice one.. i reading for the first time in poem hunter about marriage(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/26/2017 9:53:00 PM)

    Highly dramatic and tragic. Poem with a classic touch. Thanks. Look how the drama unfolds:
    Life-bells to her, death-bells to me:
    O Death, I am true wife to thee!(Report)Reply

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  • Oliver SamuelOliver Samuel (8/27/2017 8:37:00 AM)

    great piece(Report)Reply

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  • Madeleine De Larrain RossMadeleine De Larrain Ross (7/31/2017 10:52:00 AM)

    Beautiful - and sad! I well remember Sidney and Jean Lanier, here in Spain, in the early 70´s. We were good friends.(Report)Reply

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  • Baharak BarzinBaharak Barzin (5/21/2017 2:23:00 AM)

    Well written. Thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Brian Ben (5/20/2017 12:34:00 PM)

    Nice(Report)Reply

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  • Baharak BarzinBaharak Barzin (4/17/2017 3:33:00 PM)

    Thanks for sharing it(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002