Wednesday, May 31, 2006
A Significant Day
Because today is one of those singular days.
For on May 31, 1986, my wife and I were married in New York City.
How swiftly time doth pass away
Where happiness completes the day.
Weeks, months, and years but moment prove
To those that nobly are in love.
This computations only known
To them that our pure flame can own.
Succeeding years example take
By those are past; their numbers wake
Envy, whilst with a will resigned
No will is known til th'others mind.
— Gertrude Thimelby, née Aston (c. 1615-c.1670), To Her Husband, on New Year's Day 1651
From J. Stevenson and P. Davidson, (eds.), Early Modern Women Poets: An Anthology, (Oxford UP, 2001), pp. 255-6.