Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BRIDAL BLOSSOMS, by EFFIE WALLER SMITH

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First Line: Standing by the bridegroom's side
Last Line: All that taints thy purity.
Subject(s): Brides; Flowers; Virginity; Vestals

Standing by the bridegroom's side,
With a sweet and modest pride,
See the fair and blushing bride.

In her curly hazel hair,
And on her bosom, does she wear
Snowy blossoms sweet and fair.

Oh, so wondrous pure and white,
Soft and lovely as the light
Of a summer morning bright!

Lovely blossoms, yet not gay,
Oh, what is their meaning, say?
Emblems sweet, of what, are they?

Why does blushing bride to-night
In the gentle, soft lamp-light,
Wear those pretty blossoms white?

Snow-white bridal blossoms, you
Have a meaning sure and true,
Which till now I never knew.

Are you not the emblem of
Pure and sweet and perfect love,
Likened unto that above?
Lovely bride, as pure and fair

As those blossoms which you wear
In your curly hazel hair.
As the days and years go by
Still I pray, oh, still defy
All that taints thy purity.

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