Iím not going to give you a promise of fortune
Perhaps we wonít have any gold.
But what I will give you is undying love.
Youíre mine now to have and to hold.
.....You donít need to give me a promise of fortune;
.....I donít ask for silver and gold.
.....And I, too, will give you my love and devotion,
.....Iím yours now to have and to hold.
Iím not going to give you some false expectations:
I donít know what trials we may face.
But I want you to know that whatever we suffer,
Iíll be there, your fears to erase.
.....You donít need to warn me Ďgainst false expectations:
.....Yes, I know that life can be tough,
.....And I want you to know that whatever we suffer,
.....Iíll be with you when the going gets rough.
Iím not going to give you the hope of a mansion.
Sometimes we may live in a shack.
But I do want to tell you, where ever we do live
My love for you never shall slack.
.....You donít need to give me the hope of a mansion.
.....I donít care where we may call home.
.....That we are together, is all that will matter.
.....Even though throughout life we may roam.
Iím not going to give you assurance of children.
Although three or four would be swell.
But Iím going to promise, that whatever may happen,
With you I shall forever dwell.
.....You donít need to give me the assurance of children.
.....That's out of our hands, donít you see?
.....If we should have one, half a dozen, or none,
.....Your loveís all that matters to me.
As we stand hand-in-hand, let us promise together:
To each other may we always stay dear.
'Though life may throw rocks and arrows our way,
Our love will grow stronger each year.
© Helen Dowd