Very short love poems engraved on vintage wedding rings - tokens of devotion and promise

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 the 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


M - S

MANY ARE THE STARRS I SEE
YET IN MY EYE NO STARR LIKE THEE  

MEND YOUR WAYS LOVE ALL YOUR DAYES  

MEMENTO MEI
WHEN THIS YOU SEE
REMEMBER ME  

MINE EYE DID SEE
MY HEART DID CHOOSE
TRUE LOVE DOTH BIND
TILL DEATH DOTH LOOSE  


MOST IN MYND AND YU MYN HEART
LOTHEST FROM YOU FOR TO DEPARTT  

MY DEAREST BETTY IS GOOD AND PRETTY  

MY FAITH I BIND WHERE LOVE I FIND  

MY FAITH IS GIVEN
THIS PLEDGE DOTH SHOW
A WORK FROM HEAVEN
PERFORMED BELOW  

MY FOND DELIGHT BY DAY AND NIGHT  

MY GIVING THIS
BEGINS MY BLISS  

MY HAPPY CHOYCE MAKES MEE REJOYCE  

MY HARTAND I UNTILL I DY  

MY HEART I BIND WHERE FAITH I FIND  

MY HEART LIVES WHERE IT LOVES  

MY HEART MY DEAR
TO THEE I GIVE
FOR THEE TO KEEP
WHILST BOTH WE LIVE  


MY HEART YOU HAVE AND YOURS I CRAVE  

MY LOVE FOR THEE SHALL ENDLESS BE


MY LUVE IS FIXT
I CANNOT RANGE
I LIKE MY CHOICE
TO WELL TO CHANGE  

MY LOVE IS TRUE MY DEAR TO YOU  

MY LOVE IS TRUE TO NONE BUT YOU  

MY LOVE NO LESS THEN I PROFESS  

MY LOVE THESE BRACELETS TAKE
AND THINK OF THEM NO HARM
BUT SINCE THEY BRACELETS BE
LET THEM IMBRACE THY ARM.  

MY LOVE TO THEE LIKE THIS SHALL BE  

MY LOUE TO THEE SHALL ENDLESS BE  

MY LOVE TO THEE SHALL EVER BE  

MY PROMISE PAST SHALL ALWAYS LAST  

NERE JOY THE HEART THAT SEEKS TO PART  

NO BITTER SMART CAN CHANGE MY HEART  

NO CROSSE SO STRANGE MY LOVE TO CHANGE  

NO GIFT CAN SHOW THE LOVE I OW  

NO HAP SO HARD AS LOVE DEBARD  

NOE HEART MORE TRUE THAN MINE TO YOU  

NO LOVE MORE TRUE THAN MINE TO YOU  

NOE STAR TO ME SOE BRIGHT AS THEE  

NO TURTLE DOVE HATH PURER LOVE  

NOT LUST BUT LOVE AS TIME SHALL PROVE  

NOT THINE NOR MINE BUT OURS  

NOT TWO BUT ONE TILL LIFE BE DONE  

OF ALL BAD THINGS
A HEART WITH WINGS
IS STILL THE WORST
AND HE THAT MEETS
WITH ONE SO FLEET
OF ALL'S ACCURST  

OF ALL THE REST I LOVE THEE BEST  

OF RAPTUROUS JOYE I AM THE TOYE  

OF SUCH A TREASURE THEN ART THOU POSSEST
FOR THOU HAST SUCH A HEART IN SUCH A BREST  


ON THY RETURN FROM SEE
UNITED WEE WILL BEE  

 ONE LOVE ONE TROTH
BETWEEN US BOTH  

ONE WAS THE BOW ONE WAS THE DART
THAT WOUNDED US BOTH TO THE HEART
THEN SINCE WE BOTH DO FEEL ONE PAIN
LET ONE LOVE CURE US BOTH AGAIN  

ONE WORD FOR ALL I LOVE AND SHALL  

PARTING IS PAYNE WHEN
LOVE DOTH REMAYNE  

PRAY TAKE ME KINDLY MISTRESS KISSE ME TOO
MY MASTER SWEARES HELE DO AS MUCH FOR YOU  

PREPARED BE TO FOLLOW ME  

RATHER DYE THAN FAITH DENY  

RECEIVE THIS SACRIFICE IN PART
FROM THE ALTAR - OF MY HEART  

REMEMBER HIM WHO DIED FOR THEE
AND AFTER THAT REMEMBER ME  

REMEMBER MEE WHEN THIS YOU SEE

REMEMBER THIS AND GIVE A KISSE  

RINGS AND TRUE FRIENDS
ARE WITHOUT ENDS

ROSEMARY ROSE I SEND TO THEE
IN HOPE THAT THOU WILT MARRY ME
NOTHING CAN BE SWEET ROSE
MORE SWEETER UNTO HARRY
THEN MARRY ROSE
SWEETER THAN THIS ROSEMARY  

RYCHES BE UNSTABLE
BEUTY WYLL DEKAY
BUT FAITHFULL LOVE
WYLL EVER LASTE
TYL DETH DRIVE ITT AWAY  

SHE THAT OF ALL DOTH
LOVE THE DEAREST
DOTH SEND THEE THIS
WHICH AS THOU WEAREST
AND OFT DO'S LOOK
ON THINK ON ME
AS I BY THINE
DO THINK ON THEE  

SINCE GOD HATH WROUGHT
THIS CHOICE IN THEE
SO FRAME THYSELF
TO COMFORT ME  

SINCE THY HOT LOVE
SO QUICKLY'S DONE
DO THOU BUT GOE
FLE STRIVE TO RUN  

SUCH LIKING IN MY CHOICE I HAVE
NOTHING SHALL PART US BUT THE GRAVE  

SUE IS BONNY BLYTHE AND BROWN
THIS RING HATH MADE HER NOW MY OWN  

SWEETHEART I PRAY DOE NOT SAY NAY