A short composition of 2004, written for his wife: "This Marriage is just a small and simple gift to my wife on the occasion of our seventh wedding anniversary."

May these vows and this marriage be blessed.
May it be sweet milk,
this marriage, like wine and halvah.
May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcomes the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Jalal al-Din Rumi, 1207-1273
translated by Kabir Helminski

approx 3 minutes

Forces required
SATB choir

This Marriage by Eric Whitacre (b.1970)