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Readings and Vows

I have for the first time found what I can...

Truly love - I have found you.... a fervent, a solemn passion is conceived in my heart; it leans to you, draws you to my centre and springs of life, wraps my existence about you - and, kindling in pure, powerful flame, fuses you and me in one.

Charlotte Bronte

Today we put aside the workday..........

The ordinary, the dull routine. Today we celebrate. Today we set aside the sensible, the practical, the reasoned argument. Today is a day of dreams.

Silk and ribbons, flowers and candles. Music, laughter. All combine to make this your special day - The beginning of a new adventure.

Pam Brown

Now you will feel no rain...

For each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.

Now there is no loneliness for you; now there is no more loneliness.

Now you are two persons, but there is one life before you.

Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness.

And may the days be good and long upon the earth.

Apache Wedding Blessing

You are my husband...

You are my wife.

My feet shall run because of you. My feet dance because of you.

My heart shall beat because of you. My eyes see because of you.

My mind thinks because of you. And I shall love because of you.

Eskimo Love Song

Marriage is a dynamic process of discovery...

Marriage is a journey, not an arrival.

In marriage, being the right person is as important as finding the right person.

Marriage is starting to love, over and over again.

Marriage is a life's work. Marriage is an art...and like any creative process, it requires active thought and effort.

We have to learn how to share on many different levels.

We need to practice taking from the heart, and understanding attitudes as well as words. Giving generously and receiving graciously are talents that are available to anyone.

But all these skills need to be developed, if the marriage picture that we paint is anything approaching the masterpiece intended.


So long as I think that you know I love you,

As no man has ever loved woman - so long as I think you comprehend in some measure, the fervour with which I adore you, so long, no worldly trouble can ever render me absolutely wretched.

Edgar Allen Poe

These rings are gold,

And gold can never tarnish. Reshape gold and it stays as true. Whatever changes life may bring, true love survives strong and bright and precious.

Pam Brown

I wrote your name in the sky,

But the wind blew it away.

I wrote your name in the sand, but the waves washed it away.

I wrote your name in my heart, and forever it will stay.


It's all I have to bring today,.....

This and my heart beside, this and my heart, and all the fields, and all the meadows wide.

Be sure you count, should I forget, - Some one the sun could tell. -

This, and my heart, and all the bees Which in the cover dwell

Emily Dickinson

A Marriage...

Makes of two fractional lives a whole; it gives to two purposeless lives a work, and doubles the strength of each to perform it.

It gives to two questioning natures a reason for living.

And something to live for; it will give a new gladness to the sunshine. A new fragrance to the flowers, a new beauty to the earth,

And a new mystery to life.

Mark Twain

Rings are an ancient symbol,

Blessed and simple. Round like the sun, like the eye, like arms that embrace.

Circles, for love that is given comes back round again.

Therefore, may these symbols remind you that your love, like the eye, must see clearly; and that your love, like arms that embrace, is grace upon this world.

James Ford, with Leif Hass and Margaret Handley

You and I have so much love...

That it burns like fire, in which we bake a lump of clay. Moulded into a figure of you, and a figure of me.

Then we take both of them and break them into pieces and mix the pieces with water, and mould again a figure of you and a figure of me.

I am in your clay, you are in my clay. In life we share a single quilt in death we will share one coffin.

Married love by Kuan Tao-Sheng

But when two people are at one....

In their innermost hearts: They shatter even the strength of iron or bronze.

And when two people understand each other in their innermost hearts.

Their words are sweet and strong, like the fragrance of orchids.

I Ching

To my bride, I give you my heart....

Sharing love each day, from the very start.

To my bride, I give you my kiss. Filling each day with joy and bliss.

To my bride, I give you my being, to love, to work and to sing.

To my bride, I give you my mind, Learning each day to be more kind.

To my bride, I give you my soul, Growing together to be more whole.

To my bride, I give you my life, Rejoicing each day that you are my wife.

To My Bride by Steven Reiser

Two Doves meeting in the sky

Two loves hand in hand, eye to eye.

Two parts of a loving whole. Two hearts and a single

Two stars shining big and bright. Two fires burning warm and light.

Two songs played in perfect tune. Two flowers growing into bloom.

Two doves gliding in the air. Two loves free without a care.

Two parts of a loving whole, Two hearts and a single soul.

Two hands in a lover's grasp, Two gems in a folden clasp.

Two verses sung in perfect rhyme, Two pulses beat in perfect time.

Two doves chirping sweet new songs, Two loves lasting all life long.

Two parts of a loving whole, Two hearts and a single soul.

Two dreams found before too late, Two loves together bound by fate.

Two people cling to one another, Two people in love with each other.

Two doves - can you see them soar? Two loves - who could ask for more?

Two parts of a loving whole, Two hearts and a single soul.

Dove Poem, author unknown

Love is a temporary madness...

it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when It subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.

Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of [promises of] eternal passion... That is just being 'in love', which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away,and this is both an art and an unfortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

From Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Berniers

We are today still dizzy....

With the astonishment of love. We are surrounded by affection - by smiles of kindness, by flowers and music, and gifts and celebration.

Yet they enclose a silence, where we are close with one another. My eyes see only you. I hear nothing but the words we speak to one another.

This is the day we start our life together. This is our new beginning.

Our Great Adventure by Pamela Dugdale

Garland your hair with marjoram....

Soft-scented; veil your face and come smiling down to us, saffron shoes on milk-white feet.

Awakened on this happy day. Join us in lusty marriage songs, Join us in dancing, holding high The marriage torch.


I carry your heart with me...

(I carry it in my heart)

I am never without it (anywhere I go you go, my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing my darling)

I fear not fate (for you are my fate, my sweet)

I want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)

And it's you are whatever a moon has always meant

And whatever a sun will always sing is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

And this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart.

I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart).

I carry your heart with me.

EE Cummings

To whom I owe the leaping delight...

That quickens my senses in our waking time

And the rhythm that governs the repose of our sleeping time,

The breathing in unison of lovers whose bodies smell of each other

Who think the same thoughts without the need of speech without need of meaning.

No peevish winter wind shall chill No sullen tropic sun shall wither

The roses in the rose garden which is ours and ours only.

But this dedication is for others to read:

These are my private words addressed to you in public.

A Dedication to My Wife by T S Eliot

I cannot promise you a life of sunshine...

I cannot promise riches, wealth, or gold:

I cannot promise you an easy pathway That leads away from change or growing old.

But I can promise my heart's devotion;

A smile to chase away your tears of sorrow;

A love that's ever true and ever growing:

A hand to hold in yours through each tomorrow.

These I Can Promise. Author unknown

You can give without loving..........

But you can never love without giving.

The great acts of love are done by those who are habitually performing small acts of kindness.

We pardon to the extent that we love. Love is knowing that even when you are alone, you will never be lonely again.

And great happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

Loved for ourselves.

And even loved in spite of ourselves.

Extract from 'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo

'You and Your Wedding' Jul/Aug 04

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