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Later: this collection includes poems on a variety of aspects of marriage, from the lovely "my beloved is mine and I am his" from the Song of Songs to the much darker "My Last Duchess". There are old favorites here, as well as poems I'd never heard of - and some have some especially poignant notes, such as "For Poorer," translated by John Brough from an anonymous Sanskrit source:
"'Give me that bit of rag; or take the boy
And try to keep him warm.' 'The ground this side
Is bare, and there's at least some straw at yours.'
The burglar who had quietly entered heard,
Threw over them the ragged cloak he'd lifted
Elsewhere, and crept away again, in tears."
Happy young couples, happy old couples, bickering couples of all ages, an especially racy "warning to a wife" by Martial, even a section on symbolic marriages - nicely varied collection.
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