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The voice that breathed o'er Eden




The voice that breathed o’er Eden,
that earliest wedding day,
The primal wedding blessing,
it hath not passed away.


Still in the pure espousal
of Christian man and maid
The Holy Three are with us,
the threefold grace is said.


For dower of blessèd children,
For love and faith’s sweet sake,
For high mysterious union
Which naught on earth may break.


Be present, O our Father,
to give away this bride
As Thou gav’st Eve to Adam,
a helpmate at his side.


Be present, gracious Saviour,
to join their loving hands
As Thou didst bind two natures
in Thine eternal bands.


Be present, Holy Spirit,
to bless them as they kneel,
As Thou for Christ, the Bridegroom,
the heav’nly Spouse dost seal.


O spread Thy pure wing o’er them,
let no ill power find place
When onward to Thine altar
their hallowed path they trace.


To cast their crowns before Thee
in perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness
with Christ’s own Bride they rise.


To Father, Son, and Spirit,
eternal One and Three,
And was and is forever,
all praise and glory be.


---Alternative verses---


Be present, heavenly Father,
to give away this bride
As Eve Thou gav’st to Adam,
Out of his own pierced side.


Be present, Son of Mary,
to join their loving hands
As Thou didst bind two natures
in Thine eternal bands.

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LYRICS
Meter: 7 6 7 6
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1857
      Bible Refs: Mk 10:9;
      MUSIC
      Name: BLAIRGOWRIE
      Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1872
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 502Eb
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6
        7 6 7 6 D
        7 6 7 6 D
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