Till the End (Emmott’s Song)

In 1665, Emmott and Rowland were engaged to be married. They were a young couple, probably in their early twenties. Throughout the terrible plague they were committed to meeting each other in secret outdoors – a testament to their true love in the face of such adversity.

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In the 1600’s the wedding garland would have been rosemary and roses. The bride would carry her garland of flowers, and after the wedding ceremony she would wear her garland as a crown on her head. It was also custom, during the period of betrothal, for a young woman to wear a ring of promise from her suitor on her right hand. This ring would be worn on her left hand after their wedding. However, among many rural communities of this time, many wives might go their whole lives without a wedding ring, due to the cost. (In a country village, everyone knows who is married.) In some families, there might be just one ring that has been preserved and passed down.

Till the End (Emmott’s Song)  

Slow dance with me now, wear these flowers as your crown.

Place your hand in mine our fingers entwine. Love will be your guide.

Wedding bells on the wind, but for us birds will sing.
From beneath the trees, no ring for thee. Our love will last till the end.

Fly away lone Magpie.

Find yourself a wife.

Spread your wings and fly, so I might be a Torre bride.

 

So the Cuckoo song brings Spring, Lazy days we linger in.

Sweet the grass beneath our skin, Love will last till the end.

Fly away lone Magpie.

Find yourself a wife.

Spread your wings and fly, so I might be a Torre bride.

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