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the penny wedding

 
Sitting below the salts was a status symbol in days gone by- lower rank!


The Penny Wedding

we have no wine, no meat to eat
no rich-mans fare to down
we’ll have what little we can buy
with our paupers purse in town
.
all I have is this wooden plate
my broken spoon of bone
you’ll find no silver nor porcelain
in this poor poets home

chorus
oh the master he has silver
the master he has gold
but tonight I am rich man
and my true love I will hold

now fiddler play our wedding waltz
tonight we sit above the salts
friend and family bring a penny
there’s broth and dancing for the many

love and friendship are the measure
life is sweeter for these treasures
bring a penny if you’re able
and come and sit here at our table

chorus
oh the master he has silver
the master he has gold
but tonight I am a rich man
and my true love I will hold
alcedoathis
Written by alcedoathis
Published
Author's Note
based on David Wilkes's famous and beautiful painting of the same name
All writing remains the property of the author. Don't use it for any purpose without their permission.
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