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While the wedding bells were ringing
And the bride and groom were there, Marching up the aisle together
While the organ pealed an air, Speaking words of fond affection,
Vowing never more to part, Just another fatal wedding,
Just another broken heart.
"I'd like to be admitted, sir,
She told the sexton old, Just for the sake of baby,
To protect him from the cold." He told her that the wedding
Was for the rich and grand, And with the eager watching crowd
Outside she'd have to stand.
She begged the sexton once again
To let her step inside, "For baby's sake you may come in,"
The gray-haired man replied. " If anyone knows reason why
This couple should not wed Speak now or hold your peace forever,"
Soon the preacher said.
"I must object," the woman cried
With voice so meek and mild, "The bridegroom is my husband,
And this our little child."