The Poetry Corner

To Dan

By Paul Laurence Dunbar

Step me now a bridal measure, Work give way to love and leisure, Hearts be free and hearts be gay-- Doctor Dan doth wed to-day. Diagnosis, cease your squalling-- Check that scalpel's senseless bawling, Put that ugly knife away-- Doctor Dan doth wed to-day. 'Tis no time for things unsightly, Life's the day and life goes lightly; Science lays aside her sway-- Love rules Dr. Dan to-day. Gather, gentlemen and ladies, For the nuptial feast now made is, Swing your garlands, chant your lay For the pair who wed to-day. Wish them happy days and many, Troubles few and griefs not any, Lift your brimming cups and say God bless them who wed to-day. Then a cup to Cupid daring, Who for conquest ever faring, With his arrows dares assail E'en a doctor's coat of mail. So with blithe and happy hymning And with harmless goblets brimming, Dance a step--musicians play-- Doctor Dan doth wed to-day.