Bridal Ballad

The ring is on my hand,
      And the wreath is on my brow;
Satins and jewels grand
Are all at my command,
      And I am happy now.

And my lord he loves me well;
      But, when first he breathed his vow,
I felt my bosom swell -
For the words rang as a knell,
And the voice seemed his who fell
In the battle down the dell,
      And who is happy now.

But he spoke to re-assure me,
      And he kissed my pallid brow,
While a reverie came o'er me,
And to the church-yard bore me,
And I sighed to him before me,
(Thinking him dead D'Elormie,)
      "Oh, I am happy now!"

And thus the words were spoken;
      And this the plighted vow;
And, though my faith be broken,
And, though my heart be broken,
Here is a ring, as token
      That I am happy now! -
Behold the golden token
      That proves me happy now!

Would God I could awaken!
      For I dream I know not how,
And my soul is sorely shaken
Lest an evil step be taken, -
Lest the dead who is forsaken
      May not be happy now.