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We Pledge Our Hearts

A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celegrate Love and Marriage

Collected by Edward Searl 

Over 200 diverse poems, reflections and meditations on love, marriage and commitment. Includes UU contributors plus selections from different cultures and faith traditions, ancient and modern. Enduring collection ideal for worship and personal use. An excellent resource for ministers, and a perfect gift for couples of all ages.

Passages from We Pledge Our Hearts:

I hereby give myself. I love you. You are the only being whom I can love absolutely with my complete self, with all my flesh and mind and heart. You are my mate, my perfect partner, and I am yours.
―Iris Murdoch

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

—William Shakespeare

Your words are my food, your breath my wine—you are everything to me.
—Sarah Bernhardt

I love you as certain dark things are loved,
secretly, between the shadow and the soul.

―Pablo Neruda

I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul as it leads.
―Sara Teasdale

We have circled and circled till we have arrived home again, we two.
We have voided all but freedom and all but our own joy.

―Walt Whitman

Edward Searl, a minister for more than 25 years, is author of In Memoriam: A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services. He is the editor of a series of quotation collections that includes Bless This Child, Coming of Age, Beyond Absence and In Praise of Animals, published by Skinner House Books.

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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

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