“Isn’t it Romantic…?” (Go ahead and click; it should open up a new window where Ella Fitzgerald will sing to you while you read!)
The question ‘If you could not be who you are, who would you like to be?’ was making the round of the dinner table; eventually it was Churchill’s turn, and everybody waited expectantly to hear what the great former wartime prime minister would say. ‘If I could not be who I am, I would most like to be . . .’ he paused for effect, then, turning to [his wife] Clementine: ‘Mrs Churchill’s second husband.’ (Keith Hunt, The Wit of Winston Churchill #7)
So I got to thinking about all the romantic lines I’ve read in history and poetry… here are just a few.
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Emily Bronte, who never married.
“Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without speaking.” Chinese proverb
“God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts into one.” Shakespeare
“One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” Sophocles
“There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” Martin Luther
And I have to share my favorite poem, from Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnets from the Portugese:
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Ahh. Thank God for your sweetie, and make a little romance. What does it look like at your house?