2. I Corinthians
3. John 4
5. Song of Solomon
Gibran, The Prophet
11. Apache poem
12. Shakspr Sonnet 116
13. Robert Fulghum
14. "I like you"
1. adapted from
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12
Two are better than one, because they have a good
return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the
other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Though
one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. How can one keep
warm alone? If two lie down together, they will keep warm.
NEB I Cor 12:31b, 13
And now I will show you the best way of all. I may
speak in tongues of men or of angels, but if I am without love, I am a
sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, and
know every hidden truth; I may have faith strong enough to move mountains;
but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may dole out all I possess, or even
give my body to be burnt, but if I have no love, I am none the better.
Love is patient; love
is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
never selfish, not quick to take offense. Love keeps no score of wrongs;
does not gloat over other’s sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing
love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.
Love will never come to
an end. [Are there prophets? their work will be over. Are there tongues
of ecstasy? They will cease. Is there knowledge? It will vanish away; for
our knowledge and our prophecy alike are partial, and the partial vanishes
when wholeness comes. . . .]
In a word, there are three
things that last for ever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of them
all is love.
NIV John 4:7-12
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love
comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
This is how God showed
his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we
might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he
loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God
so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God;
but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete
NABRE (Roman Catholic)
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is
of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is
without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of
God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we
might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved
us, we also must love one another.
No one has ever seen God.
Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought
to perfection in us.
4. adapted from
Genesis: 1:27-8a, 2:24
God created humans in his own image: male and female
he created them. And God blessed them. Therefore a man leaves his father
and his mother and cleaves to his wife, and they become one flesh.
5a. adapted from
Song of Solomon: 1:2-3; 4:9; 6:3; 7:11-12; 8:6-7
From the : O that you would kiss me with the kisses
of your mouth! For your love is better than wine. Your name is oil poured
out. Draw me after you; let us make haste. Arise, my love, my fair one,
and come away. You have ravished my heart, you have ravished my heart with
at a glance of your eyes. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.
Come, my beloved, let
us go forth into the fields, and lodge in the villages; let us go out early
to the vineyards, and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape
blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give
you my love.
Set me as a seal upon
your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death. Many
waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
5b. adapted from
Song of Solomon 2:10-13; 8:6-7
My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and
come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers
appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the
turtle-dove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and
the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’Set
me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong
as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown
6. adapted from
But [to Naomi] Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave
you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay
I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you
die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me,
be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
7. adapted from
I Sam 18:1, 3-4; 20:17, 41b; II Sam 1:26b.
. . . Jonathan became one in spirit with David,
and he loved him as himself. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because
he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and
gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword. And Jonathan
had David reaffirm his oath out of love for him, because he loved him as
he loved himself. David . . . bowed down before Jonathan three times, with
his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together.
Jonathan said to David, “We have sworn friendship with each other in the
name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me. . .
." [And at Jonathan's death, David lamented,] "Your love for me was wonderful,
more wonderful than that of women."
10. adapted from
. . . Together you shall
be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter
your days. Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the
heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let
it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Give one another
of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and
be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute
are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together,
yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And
the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.
Distinct and personal, not one submerged in the
other, yet together you shall be forevermore.
11. APACHE POEM
Now you will feel no rain
for each of you will be shelter
for the other.
Now you will feel no cold
for each of you will be warmth
to the other.
Now there is no more loneliness
for each of you will be companion to the other.
Now you are two persons
but there is only one life
Go now to [Here at] your dwelling
[to] enter into the days of your life together.
And may your days be good,
and long upon the earth.
12. SHAKESPEARE SONNET 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests, and is never shaken,
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown,
although his height be
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error, and upon me
I never writ, nor no man ever
13. From Beginning to End
You have known each other from the first glance
of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided
to marry. From that moment of yes to this moment of yes, indeed, you have
been making promises and agreements in an informal way. All those conversations
that were held riding in a car or over a meal or during long walks—all
those sentences that began with "When we're married" and continued with
"I will and you will and we will"—those late night talks that included
"someday" and "somehow" and "maybe"—and all those promises that are unspoken
matters of the heart.
All these common things,
and more, are the real process of a wedding. The symbolic vows that you
are about to make are a way of saying to one another, "You know all those
things we've promised and hoped and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every
Look at one another and
remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things
to one another—acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner,
and even teacher, for you have learned much from one another in these last
Now you shall say a few
words that take you across a threshold of life, and things will never quite
be the same between you. For after these vows, you shall say to the world,
this—is my wife
14. From the book
I like you
by Sandol Stoddard Warburg:
I like you And I know why I like you because
You are a good person To like
I like you because
When I tell you something special
You know it's special
And you remember it A long long time
You say Remember when you told me
Something special And both of us remember
When I think something is important
You think it's important too
When I say something funny You laugh
I think I'm funny and You think I'm funny too
I like you because You know how to be silly
That's why I like you Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because
You know when it's time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow Maybe never
Oops too late It's quarter post silly
You really like me You really like me Don't you
And I really like you back And you like me back
And I like you back
And that's the way we keep on going Every day
If you go away then I go away too
Or if I stay home You send me a postcard
You don't just say
Well see you around Some time Bye
I like you a lot because of that
If I go away I send you a postcard too
And I like you because If we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
then you are the one that is yelling for me
Hey where are you Here I am
And I like you because When I am feeling sad
You don't always cheer me up right away
Sometimes it is better to be sad
I like you because if I am mad at you
Then you are mad at me too
It's awful when the other person isn't
They are so nice and hoo-hoo you could just about
punch them in the nose
I like you because if I think I am going to
throw up then you are really sorry
You don't just pretend you are busy looking at
the birdies and all that
You say maybe it was something you ate
You say same thing happened to me one time
And the same thing did
If you find two four-leaf clovers
You give me one
If I find four I give you two
If we only find three We keep on looking
Sometimes we have good luck
And sometimes we don't
If I break my arm and If you break your arm too
Then it is fun to have a broken arm
I tell you about mine You tell me about yours
We are both sorry
We write our names and draw pictures
We show everybody and they wish they had a broken arm too
I like you because I don't know why but
Everything that happens Is nicer with you
I can't remember when I didn't like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because
I forget why I like you
But I do So many reasons
On the Fourth of July I like you because
It's the Fourth of July
On the Fifth of July I like you too
Even if it was August
Even if it was way down at the bottom of November
Even if it was no place particular in January
I would go on choosing you
And you would go on choosing me
Over and over again
That's how it would happen every time
I don't know why
I guess I don't know why I like you really
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you I guess I just like you
Because I like you