Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 19.  Monday, 11 January 1993.
From:           John T. Aney <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 11 Jan 93 16:22:19 EST
Subject:        Marriage quotes
I had an interesting experience this last month I thought I might share with
everyone here and, in so doing, try and resolve a dilemma.
My fiancee and I are getting married in August.  Two weeks ago, we ordered the
invitations (needed to do things while we were home during vacation).  I had
wanted a quotation from Shakespeare on the invitiation, since the two of us are
both Shakespeare fan, although in my case its an obsession.  Anyway, I had not
yet begun looking for a suitable quotation, but in one of the invitiation
sample books you order from they had a quote you could choose that read:
        "And this our life, our beginning."
I had no idea what the quote was from, and since I don't yet know the entire
canon by heart, I figured I would look it up when I got back to my research
Guess what?  None of the concordances I checked had this quote, or anything
similar, in either the plays or the poems.  The electronic Riverside
Shakespeare, which also includes the poems, also drew a total and utter blank.
The closest thing I could find was "and this our life" from the poems in trees
and books in running brooks speech in AYLI.
If anyone . . . ANYONE recognizes this quote, please let me know.  This kind of
thing kills me.  I will NOT have a quote on my wedding invitation that I cannot
verify!  (Can you blame me, I mean really!)
In addition, if anyone knows of any SUITABLE short quotes that might be
construed as having to do with marriage, and/or the beginning of a life
together, please let me know.  It's kinda silly, and non-scholarly, I know, but
I think people should know if things are being passed off as Shakespeare to the
general public, eh?
----Go Bill and Al!---
Finally, a President who _admits_ that there will be sax in the White House!
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