Bridal Song

Mr earnest2022/08/10 13:27

In Shakespeare’s “Bridal Song,” the poet describes a number of different flowers that are associated with love and marriage. The rose is a symbol of love, while the lily represents purity. The daisy represents innocence, and the violet is a symbol of faithfulness. Each of these flowers plays an important role in the poem, and together they create a beautiful picture of love and the speaker compares the love between two people to a rose: “So is my love to me, and I to him.”

ROSES, their sharp spines being gone,

Not royal in their smells alone,

But in their hue;

Maiden pinks, of odour faint,

Daisies smell-less, yet most quaint,

And sweet thyme true;

Primrose, firstborn child of Ver;

Merry springtime's harbinger,

With her bells dim;

Oxlips in their cradles growing,

Marigolds on death-beds blowing,

Larks'-heels trim;

All dear Nature's children

Lie 'fore bride and bridegroom's feet,

Blessing their sense!

Not an angel of the air,

Bird melodious or bird fair,

Be absent hence!

The crow, the slanderous cuckoo, nor

The boding raven, nor chough hoar,

Nor chattering pye,

May on our bride-house perch or sing,

Or with them any discord bring,

But from it fly!


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