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Rosalind
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I have been asked to choose - and deliver - a reading for a civil marriage ceremony in Scotland. I was thinking of 'shall I compare thee to a summers' day?' but it seems a bit melancholy, I don't really want to do Robbie Burns as I don't think I can do justice to him in my Northern English accent. I need something either poetry or prose which is inspiring, not too religious and not too sentimental either. Tall order I know. Do shipmates have any suggestions?
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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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This wonderful little gem.

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Pangolin Guerre
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I didn't know the poem, but I really quite like Amanda's suggestion. I find it quite beautiful.

For the wedding of a friend of mine I recited The Sonne Rising.

At another wedding, a friend of mine recited an assigned poem, which he disliked, but did his duty, acquitting himself well. I actually quite liked the poem. It was ancient Egyptian. The Egyptians were dab hands at poetry, I've come to learn from two friends who are Egyptologists. I'll fire off an email to see whether I can find it.

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Gee D
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There's always John Donne.

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Karl: Liberal Backslider
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Tl:dr version - "get yer kit off, pet"

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Vulpior

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Anatole France - The Science of Love (as the passage is termed) or Khalil Gibran - On Marriage.

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Dormouse

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I love this poem by U.A. Fanthorpe called Atlas I'm not sure if it's "romantic" enough for a wedding, but it certainly sums up me & Mr D!

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venbede
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We had these four lines by George Crabbe at our civil partnership registry.

I think it is wonderful.

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And when this we rightly know,
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Albertus
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Adrian Mitchell's Celia, Celia?
Maybe not.

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BroJames
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Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.?
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Rosalind
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Thanks for the wonderful ideas -- I shall be talking with the couple in the next week or so. Any more ideas are welcome too.
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Lola

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quote:
Originally posted by Dormouse:
I love this poem by U.A. Fanthorpe called Atlas I'm not sure if it's "romantic" enough for a wedding, but it certainly sums up me & Mr D!

This was one of the readings we had at our wedding last year. I think its very romantic!

I also like I wanna be yours but it was a bit of a stretch for Mr Lola

[ 08. April 2017, 20:01: Message edited by: Lola ]

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Sparrow
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How about "This Marriage" by Rumi, better known when sung to the setting by Eric Whitacre.

http://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/satb-choral/this-marriage

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Amanda B. Reckondwythe

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quote:
Originally posted by Lola:
It was a bit of a stretch for Mr Lola

I can see why:
quote:
I wanna be your vacuum cleaner
breathing in your dust

[Confused]
I'd be remiss not to suggest an Emily Dickinson poem.

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Trudy Scrumptious

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quote:
Originally posted by BroJames:
Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.?

We had that at our wedding.

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Leorning Cniht
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quote:
Originally posted by BroJames:
Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments.?

Bonus points for reading it like this.
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L'organist
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Song of Solomon - either Chapter 8, vv 6-7/or Chapter 2, vv 10-13.

If you want a secular reading My true love by Philip Sidney is brief and spot on: if the happy pair can't subscribe to what it says then they shouldn't be exchanging vows!

Please NOT the dreary Kahlil Gibran: yes, for a romantic water-colour artist he wrote some pretty verses but really it is just pap; and God spare me from any more weddings with guff about velveteen rabbits and lonely dinosaurs.

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Rara temporum felicitate ubi sentire quae velis et quae sentias dicere licet

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Dormouse

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quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
How about "This Marriage" by Rumi, better known when sung to the setting by Eric Whitacre.

http://ericwhitacre.com/music-catalog/satb-choral/this-marriage

I love the words of this. It's rather lovely.

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