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Dear Mr. Keillor, My fiance

June 16, 2004 |

Dear Mr. Keillor,
My fiance and I are getting married in October in a beautiful old Lutheran Church. We’re trying to figure out what readings to have in the wedding ceremony, and we were wondering if you’ve written anything serious about marriage. Can you think of anything?


I wrote a poem years ago that some people have used. You’re welcome to use it, otherwise you couldn’t go wrong with Shakespeare’s “When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes” or “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”.

Here on an autumn night in the sweet leaf smell,
Walking through the dark under the starry sky,
Oh what stories we could tell
With these bright stars to tell them by.

October night, and you, and paradise,
So lovely and so full of grace,
Above your head, the universe has hung its lights,
And I reach out my hand to touch your face.

I believe in impulse, in all that is green,
Believe in the foolish vision that comes true,
Believe that all that is essential is unseen,
And for this lifetime I believe in you.

All of the lovers and the love they made:
Nothing that was between them was a mistake.
All that is done for love’s sake,
Is not wasted and will never fade.

O love that shines in every star
And love reflected in the silver moon.
It is not here, but it’s not far.
Not yet, but it will be here soon.

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