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Bridal Ballad

Edgar Allan Poe 1809 (Boston) – 1849 (Baltimore)



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.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre. more…

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