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    The term "epithalamium" derives from the Greek word "epi" meaning 'upon' and "thalamium" meaning 'nuptial chamber'. An Epithalamium (or Epithalamion) is a wedding poem written in honour of a bride and bridegroom. The best example of Epithalamium in Greek literature is the 18th Idyll of Theocritus, which is a literary work that celebrates the marriage of Menelaus and Helen in Ancient Greece. The famous work "Epithalamium" was written by Edmund Spenser in honor of his marriage in 1594.

    There is no specific rules on lines/stanzas or the rhyme scheme of an epithalamium.

    Example by Edmund Spenser:

    excerpt from Epithalamium

    Now is my love all ready forth to come,
    Let all the virgins therefore well await,
    And ye fresh boys that tend upon her groome
    Prepare your slues; for he is coming straight.
    Set all your things in seemly good array
    Fit for so joyful day,
    The joyfulest day that ever sun did see.
    Fair Sun, show forth thy favourable ray,
    let thy lifull heat not fervent be
    For fear of burning her sunshiny face


    Posted By MsJacquiiC | Sep 6, 2006
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