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!


Comments about The Wedding by Sidney Lanier

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


    great piece (Report) Reply

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  • Madeleine 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

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


    Well written. Thanks (Report) Reply

  • Brian Ben (5/20/2017 12:34:00 PM)


    Nice (Report) Reply

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


    Thanks for sharing it (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/15/2017 2:33:00 AM)


    Lovely poem indeed....... (Report) Reply

  • Alade Abayomi Idris (11/28/2016 3:59:00 AM)

    Nice one
    Death is inevitable. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (4/19/2015 6:46:00 AM)


    The wedding of bliss and tragedy well depicted in the poem. Lovely piece of poetry written with depth of insight. A nice poem indeed. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Nika Mcguin (3/25/2014 12:26:00 PM)


    complex and astounding, but overall captivating. I love that this is short, but packed with depth! (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (3/25/2014 9:16:00 AM)


    Truly a much complicated composition as an institutional access called Wedding. Yet, characters are many within the emotional intelligence. Sometimes emerges the passion of penetration, sometimes deviating from the crude line of making -love. Death, undoubtedly the hero of all hankerings. Poet tries to establish with strong metaphor. And again, yet, a line touches me as a poem many times does the same........

    To wed a bride with bloody tears.

    It spells as the war begins for the past to snatch the beauty from the present.

    Pranab k c
    24/03/2014
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  • Sinomhlobo Marwanqa (3/26/2013 9:04:00 AM)


    This is pretty amazing. I am lost for words.. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2013 4:26:00 AM)


    By our very births, we make vows down the aisles path
    Love, tears, fears, and mirths, write down our epitath
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  • (3/26/2012 12:33:00 AM)


    This is inevitable. We can't deny it. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2010 8:27:00 PM)


    Quite an amusing way to put marriage. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2010 6:58:00 PM)


    In a weird amusing way, this was rather captivating. I like how he uses death and marriage. Together, they sound kinda fit for each other. This is good :) (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2010 4:45:00 AM)


    A Tale Of Two Weddings... movingly writ 'A Blue Rose' (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2010 4:00:00 AM)


    That analogy of death as a marriage, is like a line of poem gold, in the mine tunnel of the poetry world. [far out] (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (3/25/2010 1:51:00 AM)


    All cannot escape the marriage of one with death some day or other! This truth poet says wonderfully well in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2009 9:10:00 AM)


    A very well written poem. It conveys so vividly how much love has been displaced by one who did capture the prize. I am new to this site and this poem took much time and pain to come to fruition. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2008 12:52:00 PM)


    What a poem1 You can really plum the depths of his grief at losing the one he loves to another. The wedding viewed from a very different perspective. What passion. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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