Sidney Lanier Poems
- The Wedding O marriage-bells, your clamor tells Two ...
- A Song Of Eternity In Time Once, at night, in the manor ...
- A Sunrise Song. Young palmer sun, that to these shining ...
- A Ballad Of The Trees And The ... Into the woods my Master...
- A Song Of The Future. Sail fast, sail fast, Ark of my ...
- An Evening Song. Look off, dear Love, across the sallow ...
- Baby Charley. He's fast asleep. See how, O Wife, Night's ...
"Sydney Lanier,"was born February 3, 1842, in Macon, Georgia, to parents Robert Sampson Lanier and Mary Jane Anderson; he was mostly of English ancestry, with his distant French ancestors having immigrated to England in the 16th century. He began playing the flute at an early age, and his love of that musical instrument continued throughout his life. He attended Oglethorpe University near Milledgeville, Georgia, graduating first in his class shortly before the outbreak of the American Civil War.
He fought in the Civil War, primarily in the tidewater region of Virginia, where he served in the Confederate signal corps. Later, he and his brother Clifford served as pilots ... more »
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O marriage-bells, your clamor tells
Two weddings in one breath.
SHE marries whom her love compels:
-- And I wed Goodman Death!
My brain is blank, my tears are red;
Listen, O God: -- "I will," he said: --
And I would that I were dead.
Come groomsman Grief and bridesmaid Pain
Come and stand with a ghastly twain.
My Bridegroom Death is come o'er the meres
To wed a bride with bloody tears.
Ring, ring, O bells, full merrily:
Life-bells to her, death-bells to me:
O Death, I am true wife to thee!