Disclaimer: This artwork was originally posted on Puddles Of Ink. The poem is completely the work of Edgar Allen Poe, but all of the illustrations are my own.

Bridal Ballad

To -

The ring is on my hand,

And the wreath is on my brow;

Satins and jewels grand

Are all at my command,

And I am happy now.

And my lord he loves me well;

But, when he first breathed his vow,

I felt my bosom swell -

For the words rang as a knell,

And the voice seemed his who fell

In the battle down the dell,

And who is happy now.

But he spoke to re-assure me,

And he kissed my pallid brow,

While a reverie came o'er me,

And to the churchyard bore me,

And I sighed to him before me,

(Thinking him dead D'Elmorie),

'Oh, I am happy now!'

And thus the words were spoken;

And this the plighted vow;

And, though my faith be broken,

And, though my heart be broken,

Here is a ring as token

That I am happy now!

Would God I could awaken!

For I dream I know not how,

And my soul is sorely shaken

Lest an evil step be taken, -

Lest the dead who is forsaken

May not be happy now.

Published by Avni Bhagwan