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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
A Wedding Sonnet
By James Berry Bensel (1856–1886)
 
IT were an idle thing, good friends, to say
  No after grief be yours! The rose may blow
  In beauty, but the thorn as well must grow;
And though a brilliant sun brings in the day,
Lo, a small cloud,—a hair-breadth’s size, we ’ll say—        5
  May spread until it hides the splendid glow.
  Then let me pray these for you as you go:
Sweet Patience, calm Content, and all the way
You travel, white robed Peace: then at your side,
  When Grief shall come she will come silently        10
    And powerless to harm. Ay: you will take
Her hand submissively, and bid her bide
  At will within your walls. So you may be
    Happy and glad with Grief for Love’s dear sake.
 
 
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