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Weddings by Windsong - Wedding Readings

These poems, essays, excerpts and readings are appropriate for romantic overtures, weddings, and handfastings. Some shorter selections can even be used as vows.

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Poetry
  • From "The Divine Comedy", by Dante Alligeri (Love is like a mirror)
  • Sonnet 116 by  William Shakespeare (Love is fixed)
  • An excerpt from "Love's Labours Lost" by  William Shakespeare (Love makes one better)
  • "Sonnet 29" by  William Shakespeare (Love makes lousy things better)
  • From "Hamlet" by  William Shakespeare (I never doubt love)
  • Roads Go Ever Ever On” By J.R.R Tolkien (homecoming)
  • To Be One With Each Other” by George Eliot (two human souls joined)
  • A White Rose” by J.B. O’Reilly
  • Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Emily Dickenson
  • "Song of the Open Road " by Walt Whitman (mentions Camerado by name)
  • "Sudden Light" by Dante Rosetti (married in another life?)
  • An Irish Wedding Blessing ("You are the star...")
  • "The Good-Morrow" by John Donne (What did we do before we loved?)
  • An excerpt from "The Master Speed" by Robert Frost ("Two such as you...cannot be parted")
  • Two Fragments by Sappho (an Ancient Greek lyric poet, born on the island of Lesbos)
  • "He Wishes For Cloths of Heaven" by W B Yeats ("Tread softly, for you tread on my dreams")
  • Poetry between Lovers
  • "My Luve" by Robert Burns ("O my luve is like a red, red rose")
  • "A Dedication to My Wife" by T.S. Eliot ("Of lovers' bodies who smell of each other")
  • "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" by Christopher Marlowe ("Come with me, and be my love")
  • To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet (from woman's point of view)
  • "The Bargain" by Sir Philip Sidney ("My true love hath my heart, and I have his. ")
  • From "Maud" by Lord Alfred Tennyson (from man's point of view) (I would know she was near even if I were dead.)
  • "Sonnet from the Portuguese" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ("How do I love thee?")
  • "Sonnets from the Portuguese, XIV" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning ("Love me for love's sake")
  • She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron
  • Sonnet 18 by  William Shakespeare (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?)
  • "To a Stranger" by Walt Whitman (EXPLICIT!)
  • Excerpts from Fiction
  • An excerpt from "A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemingway (never lonely)
  • An excerpt from " The Two Towers : Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien(Ent and Entwife's conversation)
  • An excerpt from Jazz by Toni Morrison (whispering under the covers together)
  • From "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams (Love makes you real)
  • From "The Irrational Season" by Madeleine L'Engle (Marriage is risky, participation not possession)
  • Short Essays
  • Love Is A Great Thing” by Thomas à Kempis
  • From "Goodridge vs. Department of Health" by Massachusetts Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (Marriage is a vital social institution...bestows enormous private and social advantages...)
  • From "Gift From The Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (Love is fluid)
  • From Plato's "Symposium" (understanding the Power of Love)
  • An excerpt from "The Prophet" by Khalil Gabran ("let there be spaces in your togetherness")
  • Another excerpt from "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran ("Love has no desire but to fulfill itself")
  • Prayers
  • Child's Wedding Blessing
  • Parental Love Blessing
  • "Wedding Prayer" by Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • Scottish Wedding Prayer
  • Jewish/Christian Scripture
  • Song of Solomon 2:10-13 (KJV or NASV)
  • Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (cord binding is strong)
  • Ruth 1:16-17 ("Where you go...")
  • Song of Solomon 8:6-7 ("Many waters cannot quench love")
  • Tobit 8:5b-8 ("That she and I may grow old together")
  • I Corinthians 13:1-13 ("Love is patient...")
  • Colossians 3:12-15 (Love binds all in harmony)
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