Let’s nominate all the words that rhyme with year to fill in the blank:

keeps the marriage cheer?
keeps the marriage clear?
keeps the marriage dear?
keeps the marriage drear? (No, not this one)
keeps the marriage fear? (Not this one, either)
keeps the marriage freer ?(not a fan of slant rhyme)
keeps the marriage here?
keeps the marriage jeer? (absolutely not this one)
keeps the marriage leer?
keeps the marriage mere? (this one makes no sense)
keeps the marriage near?
keeps the marriage queer? (uh, no)
keeps the marriage rear?
keeps the marriage sphere?
keeps the marriage steer?
keeps the marriage tier?

This evening 37 years ago started something that's not finished yet!

This evening 37 years ago started something that’s not finished yet!

I don’t like any of them, really. This exercise points out one of the limitations of rhymed verse: When finding a word to rhyme becomes the poet’s greatest concern, he is distracted from his main poetical business, e.g. to ascribe meaning to his ideas.

So let’s free up the verse and simplify the anniversary blessing:

“Happy anniversary to us! We celebrate this day 37 years hence, blessed that romance yet stirs in the mild May moonlight!”

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