The maidens came


The maidens came
   When I was in my mother's bower;
I had all that I would.
   The bailey beareth the bell away;
   The lily, the rose, the rose I lay.
The silver is white, red is the gold;
The robes they lay in fold.
   The bailey beareth the bell away;
   The lily, the rose, the rose I lay.
And through the glass window shines the sun.
How could I love and I so young?
   The bailey beareth the bell away;
   The lily, the rose, the rose I lay.

Poems by This Author

Adam Lay Ibounden by Anonymous
Adam lay ibounden
Eadwacer by Anonymous
To my people it's as though he gave them a sacrifice
Earth Took of Earth by Anonymous
Earth took of earth earth with ill
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 by Anonymous
To every thing there is a season
Hymn to Dionysos by Anonymous
O Insewn God--born from Zeus' thigh--
Lord Randall by Anonymous
"Oh where ha'e ye been, Lord Randall my son?
Old English riddle by Anonymous
My dress is silent when I tread the ground
The Creation of the Moon by Anonymous
The man cut his throat and left his head there.
The Cruel Mother by Anonymous
There was a lady dwelt in York
The Lady That Loved a Swine by Anonymous
There was a lady loved a swine
The Unquiet Grave by Anonymous
The wind doth blow today, my love

Further Reading

Poems About Weddings
Endymion, Book I, [A thing of beauty is a joy for ever]
by John Keats
Epithalamium, [Happy Bridegroom]
by Sappho
In Memoriam, Epilogue, [O true and tried, so well and long]
by Lord Alfred Tennyson
A Ditty
by Sir Philip Sidney
A Slice of Wedding Cake
by Robert Graves
A Wedding Toast
by Richard Wilbur
Chateau If
by Peter Gizzi
by Edmund Spenser
by Matthew Rohrer
Let me not to the marriage of true minds (Sonnet 116)
by William Shakespeare
by Gerald Stern
by William Carlos Williams
Marriage: A Daybook
by Nicole Cooley
Plural Happiness
by David Rivard
Sonnet 8 [Set me where as the sun doth parch the green]
by Petrarch
Tear It Down
by Jack Gilbert
The First Marriage
by Peter Meinke
The Kiss
by Stephen Dunn
To My Dear and Loving Husband
by Anne Bradstreet
To Sylvia, To Wed
by Robert Herrick
Wedding Poems
When a Woman Loves a Man
by David Lehman