Celtic Wedding Vow

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 cannon 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 you the first bite of 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 when 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.

by Morgan Llywelyn

30 Comments

  • Ms

    While some may see "the marriage of equals" as modern, they'd be wrong. It refers to brehon law, under which the person who brought the most property into the union wads the one who made the decisions about property. There's a book called ,sex and marriage in ancient Ireland which details the customs of the Irish Celts. Obviously most marriages were likely marriages of equals, and probably the happiest for it

    Gilian 2018-04-14


  • Mrs

    How can I order a copy of this

    Cal Gianlorenzi 2018-03-05


  • In the first line

    Cannon here is obviously a typo for cannot. Should be "You cannot (sometimes spelled can not)possess me for I belong to myself".

    Kitty 2013-07-30


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