We Will Not Wish You Joy by Brian Zouch

by | Bride, Ceremony


We will not wish you joy on this great day,
For joy is in your hearts and goes with you
Along the fragrant, mystic, sunlit way:
We will not wish you joy while love is new.

But this is our wish: May you be strong enough
To shelter love, and keep it safe from harm,
When winds blow high, and roads are steep and tough
May you protect your love, preserve its charm.

When days are dark, may love be your sure light,
When days are cold, may love be your bright fire,
Your guiding star when hope is out of sight,
The essence and the sun of your desire.

May love be with you through the flight of years,
Then after storms, there always be calm.
Though you have cause for heartache and for tears,
Despair lasts not, where love is there for balm.

This be the prayer we breathe for you today:
When you have reached the summit of life’s hill,
May it be possible for you to say,
“Married long years, but we are lovers still.”

  • Jaime @ "It's A Jaime Thing" says:
    October 31, 2008 at 9:11 pm


  • Starry-Eyed Barefoot Bride says:
    November 1, 2008 at 1:45 am

    I love that. Honest and still romantic. We might be using that for one of our readings! MAHALO!!!

  • Content says:
    April 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I chose this for our wedding, 17 years ago. Although it seemed cynical at the time, true love is prepared to, and can, weather storms. A love that is still intact despite life’s invariable obstacles is one to be treasured.

  • ブランド 人気 バッグ says:
    September 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

    ヴィトン バッグ

  • プラダ 香水 メンズ says:
    September 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

    prada かばん

  • HC says:
    September 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Do you have any information about the poet, Brian Zouch? I have seen this poem attributed anonymously as well, and google has not offered any information. Thanks!



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