“Basic”  Ceremony  Readings

When opting for a “Basic” Ceremony, the following is the List of Readings for inclusion in any of the three Basic Ceremony options.

List of Readings for inclusion in Basic Ceremony


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. 
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; 
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. 

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose, 
I shall but love thee better after death.

Ben Jonson (1572-1637)


Drink to me, only, with thine eyes,
     And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
     And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise,
     Doth ask a drink divine:
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
     I would not change for thine.
I sent thee, late, a rosy wreath,
     Not so much honouring thee,
As giving it a hope, that there
     It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
     And sent’st back to me:
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
     Not of itself, but thee.



You are the star of each night,
You are the brightness of every morning,
You are the story of each guest,
You are the report of every land.
No evil shall befall you, on hill nor bank,
In field or valley, on mountain or in glen.
Neither above, nor below, neither in sea,
Nor on shore, in skies above,
Nor in the depths.
You are the kernel of my heart,
You are the face of my sun,
You are the harp of my music,
You are the crown of my company



The voice of my beloved!
     Behold, he comes
     Leaping upon the mountains,
     Skipping upon the hills.
     My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
     Behold, he stands behind our wall;
     He is looking through the windows,
     Gazing through the lattice.
     My beloved spoke, and said to me:
     “Rise up, my love, my fair one,
     And come away.
     For lo, the winter is past,
     The rain is over and gone.
     The flowers appear on the earth;
     The time of singing has come,
     And the voice of the turtledove
     Is heard in our land.
     The fig tree puts forth her green figs,
     And the vines with the tender grapes
     Give a good smell.
     Rise up, my love, my fair one,
     And come away!
     “O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
     In the secret places of the cliff,
     Let me see your face,
     Let me hear your voice;
     For your voice is sweet,
     And your face is lovely.”


Set me as a seal upon your heart,
     As a seal upon your arm;
     For love is as strong as death,
     Jealousy as cruel as the grave;
     Its flames are flames of fire,
     A most vehement flame.
     Many waters cannot quench love,
     Nor can the floods drown it.


You have become mine forever
(translated from Hindi)

You have become mine forever.
Yes, we have become partners.
I have become yours.
Hereafter, I cannot live without you.
Do not live without me.
Let us share the joys.
We are word and meaning, unite.
You are thought and I am sound.

May the nights be honey-sweet for us.
May the mornings be honey-sweet for us.
May the plants be honey-sweet for us.
May the earth be honey-sweet for us.


from Navajo Wedding Ceremony

Now you have lit a fire and that fire should not go out.
The two of you now have a fire that represents love, understanding and a philosophy of life.
It will give you heat, food, warmth and happiness.
The new fire represents a new beginning - a new life and a new family.
The fire should keep burning; you should stay together.
You have lit the fire for life, until old age separates you.

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

from The Prophet

“Then Almitra spoke again and said, “And what of Marriage, master?”
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”





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