Only our love hath no decay; This, no tomorrow hath, nor yesterday, Running it never runs from us away, But truly keeps him first, last, everlasting day?
Love is Enough by William Morris
Love is enough: though the World be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daises fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over, Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter; The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.
Love and Age by Thomas Love Peacock
I play’d with you’ mid cowslips blowing, When I was six and you were four; When garlands weaving, flower-balls throwing, Were pleasures soon to please no more. Through groves and meads, o’er grass and heather, With little playmates to and fro, We wander’d hand in hand together; But that was sixty years ago.
You grew a lovely roseate maiden, And still our early love was strong; Still with no care our days were laden, They glided joyously along; And I did love you very dearly, How dearly words want power to show; I thought your heart was touch’d as nearly; But that was fifty years ago.
Then other lovers came around you, Your beauty grew from year to year, And many a splendid circle found you The centre of its glittering sphere. I saw you then, first vows forsaking, On rank and wealth your hand bestow; O, then I thought my heart was breaking! – But that was forty years ago.
And I lived on, to wed another: No cause she gave me to repine; And when I heard you were a mother, I did not wish the children mine. My own young flock, in fair progression, Made up a pleasant Christmas row: My joy in them was past expression; But that was thirty years ago.
You grew a matron plump and comely, You dwelt in fashion’s brightest blaze; My earthly lot was far more homely; But I too had my festal days. No merrier eyes have ever glisten’d Around the hearth-stones wintry glow, Than when my youngest child was chtisten’d: But that was twenty years ago.
Time pass’d. My eldest girl was married, And I am now a grandsire gray; One pet of four years old I’ve carried Among the wild-flower’d meads to play. In our fields of childish pleasure, Where now, as then, the cowslips blow, She fills her basket’s ample measure; And that is not ten years ago.
A Walled Garden
‘Your marriage’, he said, ‘Should have within it a secret protected place, open to you alone. Imagine it to be a walled garden. Entered by a door to which only you have the key. Within this garden you will cease to be a mother, father, employee, homemaker or any other role which you fulfil in daily life. Here you are yourselves, two people who love each other. Here you can concentrate on one another’s needs. So take my hand and let us go back to our garden. The time we spend together is not wasted but invested. Invested in our future and the nurture of our love.’
(Untitled) by Rumi
The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.
May this be the start of a happy new life That’s full of special moments to share May this be the first of your dreams come true And of hope that will always be there… May this be the start of a lifetime of trust And of caring that’s just now begun…
May today be a day that you’ll always remember The day when your hearts become one…
On Your Wedding Day
Today is a day you will always remember The greatest in anyone’s life You’ll start off the day just two people in love And end it as Husband and Wife
It’s a brand new beginning the start of a journey With moments to cherish and treasure And although there’ll be time when you both disagree These will surely be outweighed by pleasure
You’ll have heard many words of advice in the past When the secrets of marriage were spoken But you know that the answers lie hidden inside Where the bond of tru love lies unbroken
So live happy forever as lovers and friends It’s the dawn of a new life for you As you stand there together with love in your eyes From the moment you whisper ‘I do’
And with luck, all your hopes, and your dreams can be real May success find its way to your hearts Tomorrow can bring you the greatest of joys But today is the day it all starts.
What is Love?
Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all – one known only by those who love.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.