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On the Brink of Married Life You Wait with Wonder

Music: Preludes dans le tons majeurs et mineurs: Wiegenlied.
By Charles Henri Valentin Alkan.
Sequenced by Segundo G. Yogore at Kunst der Fuge.

On the brink of married life you wait with wonder:

The coming moment, mystic and mundane,

Brings law and love incongruously together

To form a bond both passionate and sane.

For now it has to be about the party:

Guests must be fed, clothes bought, proceedings planned;

But underneath there is abiding beauty,

Redeeming what the decencies demand.

Praised be the pillars on which we place our lives,

Standing more secure than else we might;

And praised be those in whom such sense survives,

Whose love becomes for all a source of light.

So do we celebrate, as the moment nears,

A love that counts its happiness in years.

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