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I was looking for wedding vows...and found some lovely ones I thought I would share.

 

 

SUDDEN LIGHT

~ By Dante Gabriel Rossetti ~

 

I have been here before,

But when or how I cannot tell;

I know the grass beyond the door,

The sweet keen smell,

The sighing sound, the lights around the shore.

 

You have been mine before,

How long ago I may not know:

But just when at that swallow's soar

Your neck turned so,

Some veil did fall, - - I knew it all of yore.

 

Has this been thus before?

And shall not thus time's eddying flight

Still with our lives our love restore

In death's despite,

And day and night yield one delight once more?

 

 

EXCERPT FROM "THE GIFT FROM THE SEA"

~ By Anne Morrow Lindbergh ~

 

When you love someone, you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. It is even a lie to pretend to. And yet this is exactly what most of us demand. We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity - in freedom, in the sense that the dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.

The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, mot in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what it might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. Relationships must be like islands, one must accept them for what they are here and now, within their limits - islands, surrounded and interrupted by the sea, and continually visited and abandoned by the tides.

 

 

Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever

~ Richard Bach ~

 

 

A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we're pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we're safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we're two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we've found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.

 

 

CHEROKEE PRAYER

 

God in heaven above

please protect the ones we love.

We honor all you created as we pledge

our hearts and lives together.

 

We honor mother-earth

- and ask for our marriage to be abundant

and grow stronger through the seasons;

 

We honor fire

- and ask that our union be warm

and glowing with love in our hearts;

 

We honor wind

- and ask we sail though life

safe and calm as in our father's arms;

 

We honor water

- to clean and soothe our relationship

- that it may never thirsts for love;

 

With all the forces of the universe you created,

we pray for harmony and true happiness as we forever grow young together.

 

Amen.

 

ESKIMO LOVE SONG

~ Author Unknown ~

 

You are my husband

My feet shall run because of you

My feet dance because of you

My heart shall beat because of you

My eyes see because of you

My mind thinks because of you

And I shall love because of you.

 

 

I PROMISE

~ Dorothy Colgan ~

 

I promise to give you the best of myself

and to ask of you no more than you can give.

 

I promise to respect you as your own person

and to realise that your interests, desires and needs

are no less important than my own.

 

I promise to share with you my time and my attention

and to bring joy, strength and imagination to our relationship.

 

I promise to keep myself open to you,

to let you see through the window of my world into my innermost fears

and feelings, secrets and dreams.

 

I promise to grow along with you,

to be willing to face changes in order to keep our relationship alive and exciting.

 

I promise to love you in good times and in bad,

with all I have to give and all I feel inside in the only way I know how.

Completely and forever.

 

and....my favorite...

 

EXCERPT FROM THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

~ By Margery Williams ~

 

 

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

 

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."

 

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

 

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

 

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

 

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

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