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THE BRIDAL VEIL.

We're married they cay, and you think youj have won me— ' j ' ( Well, take this white veil from my head, and* look on too; . ' { Here's matter to vex jou, and matter to grieve; Here's doubt to distrust you and faith to believe;

you — t| I am all as you see, common earth, common^ dew ; Be wary, and mould me to roses, not rue. | Ah ! shake out the filmy thing, fold after fold,. And see if you have me to keep and to hold— ljb>k close to my heart— see the worat of its, J sinning — \ ! jh, is not yours to-day for the yesterday b winThe past is not mine— l am too proud to bor. Tou must grow to new heights if I love you to-, . morrow. • ' We're married ! I'm plighted to hold up your'

praises, ' „ , „ . „ As the turf at your feet does its handful of.

daisies ; , „ , That way lies my honor-4nay pathway of pride,But, mark you, if greener grass grew either side, , I shall know it, and keeping in. body with you, Shall walk in my spirit with feet on the dew ! 'We're' marriad 1 0 pray that our love do not |

I have wings flattened down and hid under my

veil ; r , They are subtle as light— you can never undo

. ' them, And swift ia their flight -you can never pursue

And spite' of. all clasping, and spite of all hands, I can slip like a shadow, a dream, from your

. hands. Nay, call me not cruel, and fear not to take me, I am yours for my lifetime, to be what you 'make.merTo wear my.white veil for a sign or a cover, As you shall be woven my lord or my lover ; A cover for peace that is dead, or a token Of bliss that can never be written or spoken.

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THE BRIDAL VEIL. Otago Witness, Issue 1440, 28 June 1879

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