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COMPOSED ON THE EVE OF THE MARRIAGE OF A FRIEND IN THE VALE OF GRASMERE

          WHAT need of clamorous bells, or ribands gay,
          These humble nuptials to proclaim or grace?
          Angels of love, look down upon the place;
          Shed on the chosen vale a sun-bright day!
          Yet no proud gladness would the Bride display
          Even for such promise:--serious is her face,
          Modest her mien; and she, whose thoughts keep pace
          With gentleness, in that becoming way
          Will thank you. Faultless does the Maid appear;
          No disproportion in her soul, no strife:
          But, when the closer view of wedded life
          Hath shown that nothing human can be clear
          From frailty, for that insight may the Wife
          To her indulgent Lord become more dear.
                                                              1812.


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