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Sonnet 116
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. 
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark 
That looks on tempests and is never shaken; 
It is the star to every wand'ring bark, 
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken. 
Love's 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 prov'd, 
I never writ, nor no man ever lov'd.

Sacred Trust Vows

This vow was written by Corbie Petulengro for her Handfasting. It should ideally be spoken back and forth, with each member of the couple trading off on the lines. It can also be spoken as one-half of a personal vow by one member of the couple (Handfasting and Wedding Rituals, Raven Kaldera & Tannin Schwartzstein, Llewellyn, 2018, pg. 67).

I have loved many

But I have trusted few

And I trust only one enough to stand here today and pledge my love.

I trust you with my life like I trust my own destiny

Of which you are a part.

I trust you not to hurt me save by accident

And I trust you to make amends for those accidents.

I trust you to respect me, in places seen and unseen,

And to make your words reflect that respect.

I trust you to fight with me, yet never lose faith in our love,

And to fight by my side for those things that I value.

I trust you to be considerate of my heart before you act.

I trust you to see things in me that I cannot,

And to speak clearly and truthfully and not hold back your thoughts.

I trust you to accept that dance that I am given

By my gods and goddesses,

And support me on that path as I serve them.

I trust you to believe that I will give back

Everything you give to me

Three times over.

Vows from a Handfasting Ritual

(Long Version)

These vows are meant to be repeated, first, by the bride and, then, by the groom, after they are spoken by the officiant to each in turn (Grimoire for the Green Witch, A Complete Book of Shadows, Ann Moura, Llewellyn, 2016).

[Officiant, to Bride] Holding the hand of your love, say after me: [pause after each phrase for bride to repeat] By seed and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit; By life and by love, in the Name of the God [and the Goddess], I take thee to my hand, my heart, and my spirit; Through the rising and setting of the Sun, through the phases of the Moon, and through the cycles of the Stars, shall we be one, as long as love shall last.

.[Officiant, to Groom] Holding the hand of your love, say after me: [pause after each phrase for groom to repeat] By seed and root, by bud and stem, by leaf and flower and fruit; By life and by love, in the Name of the Goddess [and the God], I take thee to my hand, my heart, and my spirit; Through the rising and setting of the Sun, through the phases of the Moon, and through the cycles of the Stars, shall we be one, as long as love shall last.

 

Oaths for Rings:

These oaths are meant to be memorized and spoken, first, by the bride, and, then, by the groom, after the officiant invites each one, in turn, to "Place the ring on the finger of your chosen, and pledge your troth" (Grimoire for the Green Witch, A Complete Book of Shadows, Ann Moura, Llewellyn, 2016).

I give you this ring as a symbol of my love for you. Let it remind you always, as it circles your finger, of my eternal love, surrounding you and enfolding you day and night. You are my beloved bridegroom/bride, and I marry you today with this ring as I give you my heart, my body, and my devotion through the years of my life, so long as love remains between us.