Pacifica (autumnwinds) wrote,
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"through calm or gale, through bilge and barnacle"

I was looking up info on the Neptune Ceremony/Crossing the Line Ceremony (Tyler and I are both Shellbacks) and holy crap, I found a Neptune Wedding Ceremony.

I wouldn't...

...would I?




The Conch Shell is blown, calling all to good order.

(...unsightly scratching and indelicate noises not withstanding...)

TO ALL SAILORS WHEREVER YE MAY BE and to all Mermaids, Sea Serpents, Whales, Sharks, Dolphins, Skates, Eels, Lobsters, Crabs, and other Living Things of the Sea, GREETINGS:

Today, ye be gathered upon the shore of our sovereign, King Neptune's realm that ye may join your lives together and journey the 4 winds and 7 seas for all of your days, shipmates on the grand voyage of life!

Be it with extreme reverence for the offence of oath breaking that ye promise, swear and affirm the following, with the penalty of marooning upon a forgotten shore your eternal punishment for such a vile disgrace:

Do you, (groom), being a worthy Gentleman shellback doth take this young mermaid to be your partner, your first mate, and your wife upon the great voyage of marriage? Do you promise to love her through stormy seas, and when your sails hang slack and becalmed, through life's barnacles and shipwrecks, reefs and typhoons?

(and to walk the plank if you don't?) ("I do")

Do you, (bride), being a worthy Lady shellback doth take this young eel to be your partner, your first mate, and your husband upon the great voyage of marriage? Do you promise to love him through stormy seas, and when your sails hang slack and becalmed, through life's barnacles and shipwrecks, reefs and typhoons?

(and to walk the plank if you don't?) ("I do")

Harken to my words, and repeat unto each other the following:

I, -- take you -- to be my wife, through low tide and high, through calm or gale, through bilge and barnacle, to love you more than treasure, to protect you from shark and pirate, to give you me gold, me heart, me honor, me friendship and me constant love, till the big, red sun sets 'ore my yardarm, and the ship's bell rings it's final toll. This I swear by the key to Davey Jones' Locker.

-- take you -- to be my husband, through low tide and high, through calm or gale, through bilge and barnacle, to love you more than treasure, to protect you from shark and pirate, to give you me gold, me heart, me honor, me friendship and me constant love, till the big, red sun sets 'ore my yardarm and the ship's bell rings it's final toll. This I swear by the key to Davey Jones' Locker.

'Tis a long standing tradition to exchange the gifte of a ring, a sword, or a marlins pike upon this occasion, and I would ask if such a gifte be present here today.

If so, would the groom present to his mermaid the gifte of a ring with the following words:

"Upon yon finger may this ring linger, a token of my love blessed by 'eaven above."

And then will the bride present to her sailor the ring she bears?

"Upon yon finger may this ring linger, a token of my love blessed by 'eaven above."


KNOW YE: That on this ......., day of .......... 2005, at........................, there appeared at the shores of Our Royal Domain ( Bride) and ( Groom) who have cast off from the single life and embarked upon the voyage of matrimony .

BE IT REMEMBERED: That said land lubbers having been inspected and passed on by Our Royal Staff, and deemed acceptable to enter our realm.



AND BE IT KNOWN: By all ye Sailors, Mariners and Land Lubbers, who may be honored by King Neptune's presence, that (Bride) and (Groom), having been found worthy to be numbered as a couple OF OUR TRUSTY SHELLBACKS, have been gathered to our fold and duly married by the SOLEMN MYSTERIES OF THE ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP.

BE IT FURTHER UNDERSTOOD: That by the Call of the conch and nautilus, and by virtue of the power invested in me by Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Seven Seas, King of the Secret Currents, Lord of the Boundless Waves, Master of the Tides, High Constable of the Coral Caverns and Uttermost Recesses of the Deep, that I, Donald Old Beach Crab Towne hereby Proclaim and Affirm the Aforementioned couple to be shipmates for life And for Time Without Ending, and command them to henceforth and forevermore to show due honor and respect to King Neptune whenever they may enter His Realm.

DISOBEY THIS ORDER UNDER PENALTY OF OUR ROYAL DISPLEASURE.

By Order of Neptunus Rex, Ruler of the Raging Main , it is my honor to present -- and -- as shipmates for life!



And, oh yeah, WE HAVE A DATE. I will be a married woman as of July 26, 2007. Which reminds me, I have a deposit to mail. I also did this thing:

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