Re Oz Rose's post:
In English folk circles we don't consider people properly married until we've sung the Copper family's wedding song to them:
COME WRITE ME DOWN
(THE WEDDING SONG - as published in Bob Copper's "A song for every season")
Come write me down ye powers above,
the man that first created love
For I've a diamond in my eye
where all my joys and comforts lie
Where all my joys and comforts lie
I will give you gold, I will give you pearl
if you can fancy me, dear girl
Rich costly robes that you shall wear,
if you can fancy me, my dear
If you can fancy me my dear.
It's not your gold shall me entice
to leave off pleasures to be a wife
For I don't mean or intend at all
to be at any young man's call
To be at any young man's call.
Then go your way you scornful dame,
since you've proved false I'll prove the same
But I don't care, but I shall find
some other fair maid to my mind
Some other fair maid to my mind.
Oh stay young man, don't be in haste,
you seem afraid your time you'll waste
Let reason rule your roving mind
and unto you I will prove kind
And unto you I will prove kind.
So to church they went the very next day,
and were married by asking as I've heard say
So now that girl she is his wife,
she will prove his comfort day and night
She will prove his comfort day and night.
So now his trouble and sorrow is past,
his joy and comfort has come at last
This girl to him always said nay,
she will prove his comforts night and day
She will prove his comforts night and day