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epithalamion

[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-on, -uh n] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ miˌɒn, -ən/
noun, plural epithalamia
[ep-uh-thuh-ley-mee-uh] /ˌɛp ə θəˈleɪ mi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
a song or poem in honor of a bride and bridegroom.
Origin of epithalamion
1580-1590
1580-90; < Greek: nuptial, noun use of neuter of epithalámios nuptial. See epi-, thalamus
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  • Spenser married a Cork-woman, and has enshrined her in the epithalamion, the most beautiful love-poem in the English language.

  • Among the minor poems of Spenser the most delightful were his Prothalamion and epithalamion.

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    Henry A. Beers

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