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First Line: The altar, 'tis of death! For there are laid
Last Line: For in the grave is rest.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives

THE altar, 'tis of death! for there are laid
The sacrifice of all youth's sweetest hopes.
It is a dreadful thing for woman's lip
To swear the heart away; yet know that heart
Annuls the vow while speaking, and shrinks back
From the dark future that it dares not face.
The service read above the open grave
Is far less terrible than that which seals
The vow that binds the victim, not the will:
For in the grave is rest.

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