Thursday, January 16, 2014

A KISS TO THE BRIDE


Did you know Walt Whitman wrote a poem tribute to Nellie Grant on her wedding?  Pretty cool!
A KISS TO THE BRIDE.

———

Sacred, blithesome, undenied,
With benisons from East and West,
And salutations North and South,
Through me indeed to-day a million hearts and
      hands,
Wafting a million loves, a million soul-felt prayers;
—Tender and true remain the arm that shields thee
Fair winds always fill the ship's sails that sail thee!
Clear sun by day, and bright stars at night, beam on
      thee!
Dear girl—through me the ancient privilege too,
For the New World, through me, the old, old wed-
      ding greeting:
O youth and health! O sweet Missouri rose! O
      bonny bride!
Yield thy red cheeks, thy lips, to-day,
Unto a Nation's loving kiss.

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