You cannon possess me for I belong to myself
But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give
 

You cannon command me, for I am a free person
But I shall serve you in those ways you require.

I pledge to you the first bite of my meat and the first drink from my cup
I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care
 

I shall be a shield for your back and you for mine
I shall not slander you, nor you me
 

I shall honor you above all others, and when we quarrel we shall try to do so in private
and tell no strangers our grievances.

This is my wedding vow to you.
This is the marriage of equals.

 

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