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First Line: Deck thyself, maiden
Last Line: Thou wilt weep all thy life.
Subject(s): Estonia; Russia; Wedding Song; Soviet Union; Russians; Epithalamium

DECK thyself, maiden,
With the hood of thy mother;
Put on the ribands
Which thy mother once wore:
On thy head the band of duty,
On thy forehead the band of care.
Sit in the seat of thy mother,
And walk in thy mother's footsteps.
And weep not, weep not, maiden:
If thou weepest in thy bridal attire,
Thou wilt weep all thy life.

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