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source: finn mac cool, morgan llywelyn

to one another,

  • you cannot possess me, for i belong to myself—
  • but while we both wish it, i give you that which is mine to give.
  • you cannot command me, for i am a free person—
  • but i shall serve you in those ways you require,
  • and the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand.
  • i pledge to you that yours will be the name i cry aloud in the night,
  • and the eyes into which i smile in the morning.
  • i pledge to your the first cut from my meat and the first drink from my cup.
  • i pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care.
  • i shall be a shield for your back, and you for mine.
  • i shall not slander you—nor you me.
  • i shall honor you above all others, and we quarrel,
  • we shall do so in private, and tell no strangers our grievances.
  • this is my wedding vow to you;
  • this is the marriage of equals.

the high priest(ess):

  • these promises you make my the sun and the moon,
  • by fire and by water,
  • by day and by night,
  • by land and by sea.
  • with these vows you swear, by the god and the goddess,
  • to be full partners—each to the other.
  • if one drops the load, the other will pick it up.
  • if one is a discredit to the other, his own honor will be forfeit:
  • generation upon generation, until he repairs which was damaged
  • and finds that which was lost.
  • should you fail to keep the oath you pledge today,
  • the elements themselves will reach out and destroy you.
may 15 2016 ∞
may 22 2016 +