The Raven and Other Poems/Bridal Ballad

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The Raven and Other Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
Bridal Ballad
Page 7


BRIDAL BALLAD


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.