Arts and Culture, Poetry

Wedding Reading – Love lives, John Clare

I don’t think I ever got round to sharing my final wedding reading? I had to scrap my original as they were having it as part of the readings anyway (grrr!), so I had to do another hunt and eventually found this lovely poem by John Clare.

I think it’s beautiful and really echoes the constancy of love and faithfulness beyond death and in life.

Love lives beyond
The tomb, the earth, which fades like dew.
I love the fond,
The faithful, and the true

Love lives in sleep,
The happiness of healthy dreams
Eve’s dews may weep,
But love delightful seems.

‘Tis heard in spring
When light and sunbeams, warm and kind,
On angels’ wing
Bring love and music to the mind.

And where is voice,
So young, so beautiful and sweet
As nature’s choice,
Where Spring and lovers meet?

Love lives beyond
The tomb, the earth, the flowers, and dew.
I love the fond,
The faithful, young and true.

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