Celestial Vows
    Footnotes

    “Celestial Vows,” Ensign, Oct. 1979, 7

    Celestial Vows

    It is beyond far more

    Than the lush green of earth

    Or death’s solitary shadow

    Or this soon deficient world

    That we go now unto the Lord of Hosts

    To make of two

    A bond of one.

    And so we enter

    This sanctum white and holy;

    A room where silvered glass

    Gleams on either side

    Of where we come to kneel.

    We look up to see ourselves

    Forever moving one image after another

    Along that splendid curve of time into perfection.

    We know that where we see

    Our likeness vanish

    From our mortal sight,

    We yet may be

    A timeless pulse.

    Begetters of life’s finest form;

    Creators of the Will incarnate.

    We rise on our dreaming

    Hearts or seem to rise,

    Up beyond this regal room

    Feeling the pure joy

    That God himself must have felt

    When in the mirrors of endless

    Moons he stood gazing

    At the everlasting image of himself

    In man. Gazing with one

    So lovely in white,

    So soon from heaven come.

    It is time now. “Here, take my hand in yours,

    And let us merry be and here agree to remain

    True for all eternity.” They must be smiling

    Now upon us. “Yes, see Them there

    In the quickened glass!”

    We listen into our own deep

    Self-reflections and hear a voice

    Touch us out on the eternal crossroads

    Of our love saying, as only God

    Himself could say,

    “It is good.”