Song of Espousal

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Song of Espousal

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William Batchelder Greene, "Song of Espousal." The Token, and Atlantic Souvenir, for 1841. 1840 (Boston: W. D. Ticknor), 190.

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SONG OF ESPOUSAL.

BY LIEUT. WM. B. GREENE, U. S. A.

 

O, Bright is the glance from a lady's eye,

      And soft is the tint on her rosy cheek,
And sweet are the tones of love's minstrelsy,

      When the hopes of the bard in his numbers speak;

But dearer, far dearer, art thou, my bride,

      Than the throbbings of love or the measures of hope;

Far brighter thy flash than the glances of pride;

      Thy language more melting than bard ever spoke.

 

        Then hail to my Sword! to my own fair bride!

                  To my first, to my last, to my only love!
            In the darkness of death shalt thou dwell by my side,

              O my first and my only love!

 

When the banner shall droop on the broken lance,

      And the heart shall beat low to the fleeting breath,

Our loves shall be sung, with a wild-measured dance,

      Where havock keeps time to the harpings of death.

The couch of our bridal shall be the damp ground,

      With the blue cannon-smoke for a canopy spread,

While the drum with the bugle shall mingle its sound

      For a wild serenade to the fair one I wed.

 

        Then hail to my Sword! to my own fair bride!

                  To my first, to my last, to my only love!
            In the darkness of death shalt thou dwell by my side,

              O my first and my only love!

 

Fort Russell, E. F., Feb. 9, 1840.

 

 

"Song of Espousal." The Token, and Atlantic Souvenir, for 1841. 1840 (Boston: W. D. Ticknor), 190.

---. Boston Weekly Magazine, III, 6 (October 24, 1840), 44.

---. Army & Navy Chronicle, Nov. 19, 1840; 11, 21; pg. 334. (notes an appearance in the Boston Evening Gazette.)

---. Boston Evening Gazette, ????.

---. The Moss Rose, for 1847.

 

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Greene, William Batchelder, 1819-1878, “Song of Espousal,” The Libertarian Labyrinth, accessed January 16, 2018, http://library.libertarian-labyrinth.org/items/show/2456.