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    Bridal Ballad

    by Edgar Allan Poe
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    The ring is on my hand,
    And the wreath is on my brow;
    Satins 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 reassure me,
    And he kissed my pallid brow,
    While a reverie came o'er me,
    And to the churchyard 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 thus the plighted vow,
    And, though my faith be broken,
    And, though my heart be broken,
    Behold the golden keys
    That _proves_ me happy now!

    Would to 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.

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