Sixteenth-century poet Edmund Spenser wrote "Prothalamion," a betrothal ode before a wedding, in honor of the double wedding of the daughters of the Earl of Essex and his close friend the Earl of Worcester.
This is the second stanza of the ten-stanza poem, dedicated to my former student Nazia Khan. The photo on the right is from her traditional Pakistani wedding ceremony.
There, in a Meadow, by the Rivers side,
A Flocke of Nymphes I chanced to espy,
All lovely Daughters of the Flood thereby,
With goodly greenish locks all loose untyde,
As each had bene a Bryde.
And each one had a little wicker basket,
Made of fine twigs entrayled curiously,
In which they gathered flowers to fill their flasket:
And with fine Fingers, cropt full feateously
The tender stalkes on hye.
Of every sort, which in that Meadow grew,
They gathered some; the Violet pallid blew,
The little ...