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Wedding Passages for Chelsea and Marc

Today, Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are celebrating their wedding in Rhinebeck, NY, just up the road apiece from where my eldest daughter got her culinary arts degree from the CIA.  Anyone who has ever visited the Hudson Valley can attest to its natural beauty and wonderful cuisine.

Anyway, I’d like to wish Chelsea and Marc good wishes, and anyone else who is getting married on this absolutely beautiful day in the Northeast.  Chelsea and Marc have been childhood friends and both have survived a sort of trial by fire.  We’ve all heard the familiar passages read at wedding.  First Corinthians 13 and all that.  But I’d like to invite Conflucians to find other inspiring passages for weddings.  I’ll start.

Here is my selection from Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd.  Many of Hardy’s marriages were complicated, to say the least.  But the one between Gabriel Oak and Bathsheeba Everdeen stands out for me because it is based on friendship and respect even though both partners have shortcomings.  Here is my passage:

He accompanied her up the hill, explaining to her the details of his forthcoming tenure of the other farm. They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends. Theirs was that substantial affection which arises (if any arises at all) when the two who are thrown together begin first by knowing the rougher sides of each other’s character, and not the best till further on, the romance growing up in the interstices of a mass of hard prosaic reality. This good-fellowship — camaraderie — usually occurring through similarity of pursuits, is unfortunately seldom superadded to love between the sexes, because men and women associate, not in their labours, but in their pleasures merely. Where, however, happy circumstance permits its development, the compounded feeling proves itself to be the only love which is strong as death — that love which many waters cannot quench, nor the floods drown, beside which the passion usually called by the name is evanescent as steam.

May Chelsea be as fortunate as her parents to find such camaraderie.  Congratulations and Mazel Tov to Chelsea and Marc.

67 Responses

  1. Nice to see this post !! Congratulations to Chelsea and Marc, and to the parents.

    • Check out the pics on CNN–Chelsea looks gorgeous and the whole family just beams–wonderful!

  2. Thanks, RD. Best wishes to Chelsea and Marc! I hope they will be very happy together.

  3. and they lived happily forever and ever Amen.

  4. All the best in life to Chelsea and Marc!

    I like Khalil Gibran’s “On Marriage” and my favorite part is the last stanza:

    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.


  5. sniff….
    ( lump in throat)
    That was beautiful.
    I’m verklempt.

  6. Media Abuzz Over Chelsea Clinton’s Wedding

  7. I live about 40 minutes from Rhinebeck & go to the movies there sometimes (grey Indy film place). It is an absolutely perfect day today, & I am so happy for the Clintons, knowing how much they adore their daughter. I wish I could be a fly on the wall when Bill walks her down the aisle & to see the looks that Bill & Hillary exchange. I wish C & M all the best!

  8. Does anyone know what time the wedding is? I guess I should turn on CNN.

  9. I hope they are very happy, forever. Bill and Hillary looked beautiful last night. I loved that emerald green dress. By the way, “Miss I watch all the T.V. shows” at Talk Left doesn’t like her dress. I’m shocked!

    • Where did u see them?

    • Oh, yes, that dress was something. Loved it!

      And Bill looks very lean.

    • Jeralyn didn’t like it (although to be fair, she said it was hard to find a flattering picture of Hillary in the dress. Maybe she didn’t look hard enough. Some very flattering photos linked at Still4Hill). Anyway, most of the comments were positive and complimentary. Good to know they’re not all nut jobs over there.

  10. Been thinking about them today – makes me smile…

  11. “Grow old along with me
    The best is yet to be
    The last of life
    for which the first was made.”

    — Robert Browning

  12. “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for your love is better than wine.” Song of Songs 1:2

    Good luck to both Chelsea and Marc…and best wishes for their future life together.

  13. Hillary and Bill arriving at rehearsal dinner last night
    http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/AOL News/raw-video-clintons-on-eve-of-chelseas-wedding/342912148001

  14. Oops, sorry, that link worked before. I’ll check again

    • the link breaks over the lines. copying the whole thing and pasting it in the address bar worked for me.

  15. Congrats to the happy couple!

    “Won’t you stay we”ll put on a day. There’s a sun show every second.”

  16. My apologies, looks like it’s been disappeared.
    You can check it out over at Uppity’s

  17. And of course the classic youtube hit:

  18. According to the NYT, a friend of Chelsea’s and Marc’s is reading this poem at the wedding:

    The Life That I Have

    The life that I have
    Is all that I have
    And the life that I have
    Is yours

    The love that I have
    Of the life that I have
    Is yours and yours and yours.

    A sleep I shall have
    A rest I shall have
    Yet death will be but a pause
    For the peace of my years
    In the long green grass
    Will be yours and yours and yours.

    Leo Marks

    • http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/31/the-big-day-chelsea-clintons-wedding/

      The interfaith ceremony will be conducted by Rabbi James Ponet and Reverend William Shillady. Ms. Clinton is Methodist and the groom, Marc Mezvinsky, is Jewish.

      The family said the ceremony would celebrate and honor elements of both traditions. It would include friends and family reading the Seven Blessings, which are typically recited at traditional Jewish weddings following the vows and exchange of rings.

      A friend of the couple planned to read the poem, “The Life I Have,” by Leo Marks.

      • Lol! That poem was written by a cryptographer in WWII. Marks wrote in memory of his girlfriend Ruth who died in a plane crash. Ge then gave the poem to a very courageous member if the French Resustance, Violette Szabo. I don’t know if it contains a secret message but cryptographers back then used to use well known poems and adapt them with codes.
        So, is this really what was read at the ceremony? Could be. It seems fitting. Or is it a bit of misdirection to throw the media off track?

      • Or is it a message to the Resistance?
        Curiouser and curiouser.

    • (Shudder). Getting married symbolizes death and that poem seems clued into it.

      Best wishes to Chelsea and Marc.

  19. “The Presence of Love”

    And in Life’s noisiest hour,
    There whispers still the ceaseless Love of thee,
    The heart’s Self-solace and soliloquy.

    You mould my Hopes, you fashion me within;
    And to the leading Love-throb in the Heart
    Thro’ all my Being, thro’ my pulse’s beat;
    You lie in all my many thoughts, like Light,
    Like the fair light of Dawn or summer Eve
    on rippling Streams, or Cloud-reflecting Lake.
    And looking to the Heaven, that bends above you,
    How oft! I bless the Lot that made me love you.

    —- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

  20. Here’s a passage. I had to wait to find my copy so I could transcribe it (sorry for typos!)

    The Eventual Music

    Eventually someone knocks at your door eventually
    just as the moon is eventual and just
    as you were thinking that the only trust
    is the trust of meat, the shift of need
    and eventually someone knocks and you stand
    at your own door and you know then
    that you are the door-opener and that someone
    will enter, and someone does and you tell someone
    that you have been holding the world in its place,
    in its place without music you tell her
    that fashion goes deep, fear goes deeper,
    that you are intrigued by the chemistry
    of what comes next and someone eventually announces
    that she is actually here and has arrived with music boxes,
    tiny porcelain objects that never leave,
    always stay and always music
    she apologizes for having come so late to your door
    and you speak to her
    of the bones that deny the music, of the arteries
    and their race towards the skin, of the blood
    that hears music always and eventually
    runs away from home

    and you lie down, with someone, in your opened door
    and you hear all that music that was not there before.

    –Liam Rector

  21. None of us here are there, but we share their happiness and joy. May their love be enduring!!! All the best Chelsea and Marc

    • I love that song.

      • me too. but I like this one also. I think it’s soooooo romantic

      • They don’t even deserve a pen, they should have a hole in the ground. It really sickened me the meme they all ran with about the cost of the wedding. The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal wrote a piece where the author, writing about Chelsea’s wedding tab, admonished people to be more like Jena Bush and less like Chelsea Clinton. The thing is we never heard a peep about the cost of Jena’s wedding. Not that I want to know; it’s not like they can’t afford it. The Clintons either, for that matter. But I’m just sayin.

        Sorry about the last link. The song is “On The Wings Of Love” by Jeffrey Osborne. It’s a great wedding song.

        • They ran pieces with “experts estimates” on Chelsea’s wedding. It’s none of our business if they spent 2-3 or even 5 million dollars, but it’s wrong that the MSM said that they spent that when now it’s come out that the wedding was in the six figures, not seven.

          • I don’t care how much they spent. I have only one child and if she wanted a $5 million wedding and I could spare it, God knows, I would spend it. What would I be saving it for at this point in my life? If she’s rather spend it now than inherit it when I die, then so be it.!

            It’s not like the Clintons have to go into hock, like some ordinary Americans do, to put on an affair that’s above their means. The irony is that the people that were the loudest critics are our most ardent capitalists. How’s that for hypocrisy?

  22. Love this thread. We have a lot a romantics here at TC.

    “Romanticism is a complex artistic, literary, and intellectual movement that originated in the second half of the 18th century in Europe, and gained strength in reaction to the Industrial Revolution. In part, it was a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms…”

  23. We’re lovers, not haters. Tell that to the bots!

  24. I was engaged to be married on August 25, 1985. The arrangements were all made and right before it was time to send out the invitations, I got cold feet and we called it off. To this day I have a never-worn wedding dress in my closet. Had we gone through with it this would have been the song for our first dance as husband and wife.

    Still love the song.

  25. The nytimes reporters say they are in a pen a great distance from the event and can’t see any more than the humble burghers of Rhinebeck. They sound bitter.
    Tsk, tsk, if only they had refrained from writing all those stories about Bill and Hill’s private life, they might have been given some little token or an official picture. But, of course, this is Chelsea’s event and if she wants to frost their crockies and withold details, well, I guess the t
    Times will just have to suck it up.

    • Oh boo hoo hoo for the Gray Lady, maybe they should take Maureen Dowd off their payroll if they want to be taken seriously

      • Yes, she is a piece of work, isn’t she? And she wrote some of the most vile attack articles about Hillary during the primary. One of my coworkers tacked it up in his office. When I read it I was shocked at the vitriol, and to this day, when I interact with him, the memory of that hateful piece still goes through my mind.

        Best, best wishes to Chelsea and Marc. If their marriage is one-tenth of the generative partnership and romance of her parents, they will be a lucky couple!

  26. I came across these photos of the place where the wedding is being held–wonk may have already post this, I didn’t check.


  27. http://www.aolnews.com/

    AOL news has a great picture of Chelsea and Marc.

  28. The photos are finally up on the front page of the NYTimes. Chelsea and Hillary look great! I want to see more photos of Hillary’s wine colored dress. It looks gorgeous!

    It’s funny. The Clintons are on the frontpage of the Times and right next to the article on Chelsea’s marriage, there is an article that says “To Help Fellow Democrats in the Fall, Obama May Stay Away”. And in the Chelsea marriage article, people are stating the obvious: The Clintons are royalty. They are our royalty.

    America celebrates with the Clintons. Obama, once the Messiah of the Democratic Party in 2008, isn’t invited to the wedding of the year and must stay away from all Democrats because he is poison. Pure poison. No one wants him.

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