I am deaf or this is dumb,
This life and world apart from me
To whom betrothed at birth I came,
In whose silence most I see
A calling soul, calling my scrutiny.
You with religious faith, to whom
Life speaks in words you understand –
Believe, I also with my dumb
Stranger have made a marriage bond
As strong and deep and torturing and fond.
E.J. Scovell (1907-1999).