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Polish poem for wedding ceremony

elsie 1 | -  
14 Jan 2009 /  #1

I live in the UK and am getting married to my Polish boyfriend soon. We are having our ceremony in a registry office so it will be non-religious, but we are having some readings/poetry to be read out during the ceremony.

I would like to include a poem or reading in Polish to make it more meaningful for my boyfriend and his family. Can anyone suggest a nice Polish poem that speaks of love/marriage etc that would be appropriate for a wedding, but not neccesarily religious?

I have looked on web sites and haven't been anything to find anything romantic - also I would like to know the English translation of the poem or what it is about?!

Thanks :)
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448  
15 Jan 2009 /  #2
I personally do not knoo of any real poetry devoted to the marriage ceremony itself. However in Poland there has long been a tradition of rhymes (not high poetry but rather doggerel) of well-wishing. These have taken the form of toasts usually propsoed by the best man at the wedding feast. Many are humorous, but that is probably not what you meant.

Anyway, here is a sampling. If anyone feels ambitious enough to translate any of them, be my guest!

W uroczystym dniu zaślubin
Życzymy Młodej Parze,
By im życie dało wszystko,
Co może dać w darze:
Szczęście, pogodę w miłości
I uśmiech wiecznej radości!

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