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God blessed them.--Gen. i. 28.
1 The voice that breathed o'er Eden

That earliest wedding day,
The primal marriage blessing,

It hath not pass'd away.
2 Still in the pure espousal

Of Christian man and maid,
The Holy Three are with us,

The threefold grace is said: :
3 For dower of blessed children,

For love and faith's sweet sake,
For high mysterious union

Which nought on earth may break.
4 Be present, awful Father,

To give away this bride,
As Eve thou gav'st to Adam

Out of his own pierced side.
5 Be present, gracious Saviour,

To join their loving hands,
As thou didst bind two natures

In thine eternal bands.
6 Be present, Holiest Spirit,

To bless them as they kneel ;
As thou, for Christ the Bridegroom,

The heavenly spouse dost seal.
7 O spread thy pure wing o'er them,

Let no ill power find place,
When onward to thine altar

The hallow'd path they trace,
8 To cast their crowns before thee

In perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness

With Christ's own bride they rise.'

455 Rest in the Lord and wait

patiently for him. [P.M.

Ps. xxxvii. 7.
1 Rest in the Lord—from harps above

The music seems to thrill-
Rest in his everlasting love,

Rest and be still.
2 Rest thou, who claimest for thine own

Thy chosen bride to-day,
Affianced in his faith alone

Thy bride for aye.
3 And thou, whose trustful hand is given

Avouching here thy spouse,
Rest, for a Father seals in heaven

His children's vows.
4 Rest ye, who cluster round them both

To mingle praise and prayers;
Your God affirms the plighted troth,

Your God and theirs.
5 Rest, for the Heavenly Bridegroom here

Is standing by your side,
And in this union draws more near

His mystic bride.
6 Rest in the Lord—thrice Holy Dove,

In us thy word fulfil-
Rest in his everlasting love,

Rest and be still."

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[To be sung after the blessing, “ Almighty God, who at the

beginning did create our first parents,” &c.]

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456 Being heirs together of the grace of life. [TEN 75.

1 Pet. iii. 7.
1 Ere the words of peace and love

Breathed on earth are borne above,
While their echo, soft and clear,
Lingers on the trancèd ear,-

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Catch upon your lips the strain,
Swell the notes of prayer again,
Prayer with benedictions fraught,
Passing words and passing thought :

Co-eternal Three in One,

Seal the nuptial benison.
2 Blessings from the earth beneath,

Fruits and flowers in woven wreath;
Balmy dews that heaven distils
On the everlasting hills;
Angel wings, a guard of light
O’er the peaceful home by night;
Angels' steps to tend the way
Onward, heavenward, day by day:

Co-eternal Three in One,

Seal the nuptial benison.
3 Hear our prayer: this union be

Ratified, O God, by thee;
This another link entwined
Hearts and homes and heaven to bind
In that mystic chain of love,
Holding us, but held above;
Knitting all that world to this,
Eden's bloom to glory's bliss :

Co-eternal Three in One,

Seal the nuptial benison.
4 Three in One, and One in Three,

Blessedness is blessing thee;
While we pour in chant and hymn
Full hearts, flowing o'er the brim,-
Water by thy power benign
Blushing as celestial wine,
Till within the golden gates,
Where the Lamb his bridal waits,

We with all the white-robed throngs
Sing the heavenly Song of Songs.

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The Visitation of the Sick. “O SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD, WHO BY THY CROSS AND

PRECIOUS BLOOD HAST REDEEMED US, SAVE US AND
HELP US, WE HUMBLY BESEECH THEE, O LORD.”

457 I cried unto God with my voice, and he gave (L.M.

ear unto me.-Ps. lxxvii. 1. 1 God of my life, to thee I call;

Afflicted at thy feet I fall :
When the great water-floods prevail,

Leave not my trembling heart to fail.
2 Friend of the friendless and the faint,
Where should I lodge my deep complaint ?-
Where but with thee, whose open door

Invites the helpless and the poor? 3 Did ever mourner plead with thee,

And thou refuse that mourner's plea ?
Does not the word still fix'd remain,

That none shall seek thy face in vain ? 4 That were a grief I could not bear,

Didst thou not hear and answer prayer;
But a prayer-hearing, answering God

Supports me under every load.
5 Poor though I am, despised, forgot,

Yet God, my God, forgets me not;
And he is safe, and must succeed,
For whom the Lord vouchsafes to plead."

458

I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy

likeness.-Ps. xvii. 15.

[L.M.

1 LORD, I am thine; but thou wilt prove

My faith, my patience, and my love;
I shall behold thy blissful face,
And stand complete in righteousness.

2 This life's a dream, an empty show,

But the bright world to which I go
Hath joys substantial and sincere:

When shall I wake, and find me there? 3 O glorious hour! O bless'd abode !

I shall be near and like my God;
And flesh and sin no more control

The sacred pleasures of the soul.
4 My flesh shall slumber in the ground

Till the last trumpet's joyful sound;
Then burst the chains, with sweet surprise,
And in my Saviour's image rise.

459 My meditation of him shall be sweet.-Ps. civ. 34. [C.M. 1 WHEN languor and disease invade

This trembling house of clay,
'Tis sweet to look beyond our cage,

And long to fly away:
2 Sweet to look inward and attend

The whispers of his love;
Sweet to look upward to the place

Where Jesus pleads above:
3 Sweet to look back, and see my name

In life's fair book set down;
Sweet to look forward, and behold

Eternal joys my own:
4 Sweet to reflect how grace divine

My sins on Jesus laid;
Sweet to remember that his blood

My debt of sufferings paid :
5 Sweet in his righteousness to stand,

Which saves from second death;
Sweet to experience, day by day

His Spirit's quickening breath :

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