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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

The Bridal Song

Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)

PEACE and silence be the guide

To the man and to the bride!

If there be a joy yet new

In marriage, let it fall on you,

That all the world may wonder!

If we should stay, we should do worse,

And turn our blessing to a curse

By keeping you asunder.