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in THE WEDDING RING- 'k (Translated f'-om the WkIsU of Ceii-io;) • my darling! O take it to- night. Li > ve, ifThy iinger betrays the deep throbs ot tJi^iK-'art; 1 ring I have bought thee, my suit you'll not ••li-jlit, Love, 0 But let all thy frettiiigs for ever depart: 1 pre taking our vows by the altar, O let me 'I uThus consecrate this with thy finger to-niglit: blessed love token, well knew I, dear Annie, 7 My love you could never with coldness requite. > a)<e it, my darling: No gems in rich cluster, ,0r carvings, adorn its plain circle of gold; ■* cuf. Virtue's bright p^arl shall shed on it a lustre, That angels will ever with gladness behold. pearl will be formed by our nmtual affection,- Twill sparkle and glisten through life s rugged length,- i.tioti,— 'Twill bring' us contentment, wealth, joy and prutec- 'Twill give us, my darling, true greatness and streugth. Take it, my darling'. And Providence, smiling. Loii,rqntlisivithiiiitil)leasanti-etreit; So puro and so hiippy our lifetime beguiling, Wliere we and oar offspring- our Far her can meet: Thf snheres in the sunshine, with beauty, are beaming, jEae'h planet and system is brimfull of bliss "Ut no habitation with features redeeming C'au rival the comfort and beauty of this. Take it, my darling I A covenant token,— Two rainbows of beauty, united, you see,— Orve telling my promise shall never be broken, The other that you my life-partner will be,— Unbroken and handsome, though gems do not make it, A token more perfect the world never gave; There's nought but the stroke of Death's sickle can break it, Nor rust its bright glow but the damp of the grave. Take it. O take it! In vain you essay, Love, To che.'k the deep fountains thy eyelids now till; -My bosom is heaving, then let me now lay, Love, My head on thy shoulder there, all isnow still: Thy tear and mine, Love, our features attorning. Are blending like dewdrops at Love's fond request But give me the ring: for our love, in the morning, The Bible, the Altar, and God shall attest. GERAINT, Board School, Llangollen. (Mr James Clarke.) ¡.At the Carnarvon National Eisteddvod, 1877, the above translation was adjudged the best and worthy of the prize offered].

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