To Juliette on her wedding day

          When our first parents were from Eden driven
             To wander exiled in this world of care,
             Hope changed to fear, and memory to despair;
          But once, to their posterity 't is given
             The vision of that blissful home to share:
             Whene'er two wedded souls as one are bound,
             Then the lost Paradise again is found;
          But trifles light as air this dream dispel,
             And drive the hapless mortals forth disowned,
          In the cold air of common life to dwell.
          To-day for thee, these dreamland gates are riven;
             Enter, and in its charmèd precincts stay
             Till thy sweet life at last shall pass away,
          And thou shalt find it is not far to Heaven.

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.