Promise ring poems on vintage wedding bands and engagement rings

These very short love poems and rhymed inscriptions can be found engraved on antique posy rings (also 'posie' or 'posey rings'). They repesent deep intimate feelings of people who have long since perished. Such rings were given on various occasions, but as one can clearly see, mostly as tokens of engagement or as wedding rings. Not many of them can be considered true gems of English literature, but he power of these short love poems (if any) is in their romantic sincerity and old time charm. Their brevity is naturally dictated by the limitations of space - only one or two phrases used to fit on a ring (today's engraving machines can do much better than that!). Modern day Valentines are obviously influenced by this genre, but some of these rhymed lines have apparently gone unnoticed for centuries.

This collection originates from Arthur L. Humphreys' "A garland of love" (1902). I have modified in the spelling just slightly, changing LOUE to LOVE etc., as this particularity of typographic conventions has nothing to do with actual pronounciation. Some formatting changes were applied to conserve space. The shortest of these rhymed poems were kept to one line, but the rhymes should indicated where these lines can be broken up, if need be. Obviously, these sweet little poems are free for anyone to use, especially if you are looking for inspiration while designing your own personalized wedding rings!



A - FG - L  | M - S | T - Y


A - F

A CONSTANT HEART
WITHIN A WOMAN'S BREST
IS OPHIRE GOLD
WITHIN AN IVORY CHEST  

A FRIEND INDEED IN TYME OF NEED  

A FRIEND TO ONE AS LIKE TO NONE

A FRIEND TO THEE I'LL EVER BE

A HAPPY BREST WHERE LOVE DOTH REST

A HEART CONTENT CANNOT REPENT

A HEART UNITED TRUE CONTENTED

A KIS FOR THIS  

A LOVEING WIFE A HAPPY LIFE

A LOVING WIFE PROLONGETH LIFE  

A MAIDEN VERTUOUS CHASTE AND FAIR
IS A JEWEL PAST COMPARE
AND SUCH ARE YOU IN WHOM I FIND
VERTUE IS WITH BEAUTY JOYN'D

A TOKEN SENT WITH TRUE INTENT

A VIRTUOUS WIFE A HAPPY LIFE

A VIRTUOUS WIFE DOTH BANISH STRIFE  

A WOMAN KIND ALL JOY OF MIND  

ACCEPT OF THIS MY HEART WITHALL
MY LOVE IS GREAT THOUGH THIS BE SMALL  

AFTER CONSENT EUER CONTENT  

ALL I REFUSE BUT THEE I CHUSE

AL MYNE SHAL BE THYNE  

ALL PERFECT LOVE
IS FROM ABOVE
THE SIGHT OF THIS
DESERVES A KISSE  

ALL THINE IS MINE  

AND AS THIS ROUND
IS NOWHERE FOUND
TO FLAW OR ELSE TO SEVER
SO MAY OUR LOVE
AS ENDLESS PROVE
AS PURE AS GOLD FOR EVER  

AS GOD HATH KNIT OUR
HEARTS IN ONE
LET NOTHING PART BUT DEATH
ALONE  

AS GOD HATH MADE MY
CHOYCE IN THEE
SO MOVE THY HEART TO
COMFORT ME  

AS GOD SAW FITT OUR KNOTT IS KNITT  

AS GOLD IS PURE LET LOVE INDURE  

AS GOLD IS PURE SO LOVE IS SHURE  

AS HEAVEN OUR LOVE DECREED
IN HEAVENLY LOVE LET US PROCEED  

AS I EXPECT SO LET ME FIND
A FAITHFULL HEART A CONSTANT MIND  

AS I IN THEE HAVE MADE MY CHOYCE
SO IN THE LORD LET US REJOYCE  

AS LONG AS LIFE Yr LOVING WIFE  

AS LOVE HATH JOYNED OUR
HARTS TOGETHER
SO NONE BUT DEATH OUR
HARTS SHALL SEVER  

AS TRUE TO LOVE AS TURTLE DOVE  

AS TRUE TO THEE AS THOU TO ME  

AS TRUST BEE JUST

AS YOU FINDE ME MINDE ME  

AS YOU NOW FIND SO JUDGE ME KIND  

BE CONSTANT YOU FOR I AM TREW

BE CONSTANT U AS I AM TRUE

BE IT MY FORTUNE OR MY FAULT
LOVE MAKES ME VENTURE THIS ASSAULT  

BE KINDE IN HARTE  

BE KIND TO ME I WILL TO THE

BE THOU MINE
AS I AM THINE

BE TRUE AS FAIR THEN PAST COMPARE  

BE TRUE TO ME AS I TO THEE  

BE TRUE TO ME Yt GIVES IT THEE  

BE TRULY WISE LEST DEATH SURPRISE  

BEHOLD THE ENDE
RATHER DEATH THEN FALS FAITH  

BEYOND THIS LIFE LOVE ME DEARE WIFE

BODY AND MINDE IN THEE I FINDE

BOTH MUST BE ONE OR ONE BE NONE  

BOTH OR NEITHER CHUSE YOU WHETHER  

BRACELETS I'LE GIVE
EMBRACE LETS EVER
LET PARTLETS GO
FOR PART LETS NEVER  

BREAKE NOT THY VOW TO PLEASE THE EYE
BUT KEEPE THY LOVE SO LIVE AND DYE  

BY CUPID'S BOW MY WEAL OR WOE  

BY GOD'S DIRECTION WE JOYN AFFECTION

BY THIS I PROVE HOW MUCH I LOVE  

BY THIS RING OF GOLD
TAKE ME TO HAVE AND HOLD  

CAREFUL I'LE BE TO COMFORT THEE  

COME MY LOVE IF LOVE YOU GRANT
WHAT IS IT THAT LOVE CAN WANT
IN THEE I HAVE SUFFICIENT STORE
GRANT ME THY LOVE I WISH NO MORE  

CONSTANT AND TRUE I'LL BE TO YOU  

CONSTANT TRUE LOVE COMES FROM ABOVE  

CONSTANT YOU FOR I AM TRUE  

CONTENT INDEED DOTH GOLD EXCEED  

CONTENTED WITH MY CHOICE  

DEAR LOVE OF MINE MY HEART IS THINE  

DEAREST IF I HAVE OFFENDED
ENJOYN ME THEN SOME PENNANCE HARD
THAT MY FAULT MAY BE AMENDED
ERE YOUR FAVOUR BE DEBARD
FOR IF I MUST PENNANCE DO
I'LE GO UNTO NO SAINT BUT YOU  

DEATH NEVER PARTS SUCH LOVING HEARTS

DEATH ONLY PARTES TWO LOVING HEARTES  

DESIRE AND DESERVE  

DESIRE HATH NO REST  

DESIRE HATH SET MY HEART ON FIRE  

DESIRE. LIKE FIRE DOTH STILL ASPIRE  

DESIRE NOT MEE Yt JOYES IN THEE  

DIAMOND
E MERALD
AMETHYST
RUBY
EMERALD
SAPPHIRE
TOPAZ  

DIRECT OUR WAYES LORD ALL OUR DAYES  

DIVINELY KNIT BY GOD ARE WE
LATE ONE NOW TWO THE PLEDGE YOU SEE  

ENDLESS AS THIS SHALL BE OUR BLISS  

ENDLESS BEE MY LOVE TO THEE  

ETERNALLY MY LOVE SHAL BE  

EVER TRUE MY DEAR TO YOU

EVERY LETTER HERE DOTH SHEW
THAT MY HEART IS LINK'T TO YOU
AND BY THIS TOKEN IS EXPREST
THAT YOU ARE SHE WHOM I LOVE BEST  

EYE DOTH FIND HEART DOTH CHOOSE
FAITH DOTH BIND DEATH DOTH LOSE  

FAIR AS VENUS AS DIANA
CHAST AND PURE IS MY SUSANA  

FEARE GOD AND LYE ABED TILL NOONE  

FEAR GOD HONOUR THE PRINCE
LYE STILL JOAN AND DON'T WINCE  

FLESH OF MY FLESH BONE OF MY BONE
FROM ONE MADE TWO IS TWO MADE ONE  

FOR A KISS TAKE THIS  

FOR ONE AND LOVE SOME SAY ARE BLIND
I SAY THEY SEE IF THOU PROVE KIND