The Marriage of True Minds

Sonnet CXVI by William Shakespeare

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love,
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests.. and is never shaken.
It is the star to every wandering bark
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love is not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come.
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out.. even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Two friends of mine are to be married today, and I know many are thrilled at the prospect.  It is a union born of friendship and forged in love, and their marriage will no doubt sweeten the world with its unalterable bond.

My dear readers I hope that you know love in your lives. 

To know love, you must give love, freely and without expectation of results.  No matter what you face, love is the perfect point of departure.  If you leave the shores of this moment or the next upon a dinghy of disdain, complaint or dissatisfaction, you will surely be crashed upon the rocks by the tides of discontent.

10 thoughts on “The Marriage of True Minds

  1. Claudia Reddick

    Here is one of my favorite love poems…for the wedding of our friends and to all who love.

    “Answer to a Child’s Question”
    by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    Do you ask what the birds say? The sparrow, the dove,
    The linnet and thrush say, “I love and I love!”
    In the winter they’re silent-the wind is so strong;
    What it says, I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.
    But green leaves, and blossoms, and sunny warm weather,
    And singing, and loving-all come back together.
    But the lark is so brimful of gladness and love,
    The green fields below him, the blue sky above,
    That he sings, and he sings; and for ever sings he-
    “I love my Love, and my Love loves me!”


  2. Kimberly

    If your friends haven’t read your blog yet send the a link as a wedding gift.
    It’s inspiring and encouraging to read about the famous and not so famous people’s lives you have referenced.
    It seems they’re all directing us to the same idea; love is the answer.
    What a great way to continue their friendship and deepen their love. Happiness and peace to the newlyweds.


  3. Melinda

    What is life without love? What is a life with hate, resentment and disdain? I will always choose Love! Thank for the beautiful post and sonnet. My heart rejoices for our dear friends! I have no doubt that their union will bring more light and joy into our world!


  4. Lady Leo

    Hope your friends have a magical day. To find love is so comforting and exciting at the same time. Some call them “soul mates, for others it’s “the love of my life”; how ever you describe it, it is such a gift.
    Love makes this journey easier. Thanks for your beautiful words.


  5. Teryl

    It is up to us to forge such perfect examples of love, what will our next generation know of love because we lived? Today is a day to be celebrated, and so is each day where we choose to love instead of resent or blame. We all share the excitement for two beautiful hearts being joined in love today!


  6. Lara

    What a special day for us all. My life has been so blessed by the deepening love I share with my husband and by the representation of true love known by those close to me. My heart is overflowing this morning. Thank you for this post!


  7. Kate

    To know love is to truly live. As Shapesepeare so eloquently wrote – “If this be error and upon me proved,
    I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”

    To live with disdain, complaint, hate or vengeance is to exclude love from your life and then love gets blamed for all ills. To live with love – – in love – for love puts you on the top of the mountain where all circumstances and situations can be met and overcome.

    I am so happy today that these two people who so love one another will be joined in marriage – it’s a beautiful day!


  8. light-fantastic

    Congrats to your friends! Shakespeare is one of my favs – great sonnet and perfect advice for 2 people starting a life together (or anyone for that matter).


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