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YoucannonpossessmeforIbelongtomyself

Butwhilewebothwishit,Igiveyouthatwhichisminetogive

Youcannoncommandme,forIamafreeperson

ButIshallserveyouinthosewaysyourequire

andthehoneycombwilltastesweetercomingfrommyhand

IpledgetoyouthatyourswillbethenameIcryaloudinthenightand

theeyesintowhichIsmileinthemorning

Ipledgetoyouthefirstbiteofmymeatandthefirstdrinkfrommycup

Ipledgetoyoumylivingandmydying,eachequallyinyourcare

Ishallbeashieldforyourbackandyouformine

Ishallnotslanderyou,noryoume

Ishallhonoryouaboveallothers,andwhenwequarrelweshalldosoin

privateandtellnostrangersourgrievances

Thisismyweddingvowtoyou

Thisisthemarriageofequals。

Sixyearsago,wevowedtobeeachothersshield,toengageinamarriageofequals。