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Text: Edgar Allan Poe, "Bridal Ballad" (A), Southern Literary Messenger, January 1837, 3:5





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BALLAD.

BY E. A. POE.

The ring is on my hand,
    And the wreath is on my brow —
Satins and jewels grand,
And many a rood of land,
Are all at my command,
    And I am happy now!

He has loved me long and well,
    And, when he breathed his vow,
I felt my bosom swell,
For — the words were his who fell
In the battle down the dell,
    And who is happy now!

And he spoke to re-asure me,
    And he kissed my pallid brow —
But a reverie came o're me,
And to the church-yard bore me,
And I sighed to him before me,
    "O, I am happy now!"

And thus they said I plighted
    An irrevocable vow —
And my friends are all delighted
That his love I have requited —
And my mind is much benighted
    If I am not happy now!

Lo! the ring is on my hand,
    And the wreath is on my brow —
Satins and jewels grand,
And many a rood of land,
Are all at my command,
    And I must be happy now!

I have spoken — I have spoken —
    They have registered the vow —
And though my faith be broken,
And though my heart be broken,
Behold the golden token
    That proves me 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,
And the dead who is forsaken
    May not be happy now!









Notes:

It has been noted that this is a great rarity in Poe's works, for the speaker is a woman. Readers of this poem should also refer to Poe's earlier "Song."







 
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