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Marriage Morning by Alfred Tennyson


"Marriage Morning" is part of a song cycle titled The Window or The Songs of the Wrens. Originally, the subtitle to The Window was "The Loves of the Wrens", but "Songs of the Wrens" was used as the frontispiece and is now generally used today. Although there are some rhymes within the poem, it changes throughout each stanza. In the first, lines two and four rhyme and so do six and eight. In the second stanza, line four and seven and six and eight are the ones which rhyme. The final stanza goes back to the same rhyme scheme as the first.

This poem is great for weddings.


Marriage Morning

Light, so low upon earth,
   You send a flash to the sun.
Here is the golden close of love,
   All my wooing is done.
Oh, the woods and the meadows,
   Woods where we hid from the wet,
Stiles where we stay'd to be kind,
   Meadows in which we met!

Light, so low in the vale
  You flash and lighten afar,
For this is the golden morning of love,
   And you are his morning start.
Flash, I am coming, I come,
   By meadow and stile and wood,
Oh, lighten into my eyes and heart,
   Into my heart and my blood! 

Heart, are you great enough
   For a love that never tires?
O' heart, are you great enough for love?
   I have heard of thorns and briers,
Over the meadow and stiles,
   Over the world to the end of it
Flash for a million miles.

Written 1867-1870. Published in .

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Literary Movement
Victorian, 19th Century

Love, Relationship, Wedding

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