Epithalamium

Epithalamium  (ep ´i-thā-lā´mi-um ).—Was a species of poem which it was the custom among the Greeks and Romans to sing in chorus near the bridal-chamber of a newly married couple. Anacreon, Stesichorus, and Pindar composed poems of this kind, but only scanty fragments have been preserved. Spenser's Epithalamium, written on the occasion of his marriage, is one of the finest specimens of this kind of verse.