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This Marriage

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Duration

3 minutes

Year of Composition

2004

Difficulty

Intermediate

Licensing

Boosey & Hawkes

Purchase

Hal Leonard

Note from Composer

This Marriage is just a small and simple gift to my former wife on the occasion of our seventh wedding anniversary.

The Text

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Jalal al-Din Rumi, 1207-1273