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Holy Matrimony

381. O Father, all creating

7.6.7.6.D.

Ellacombe:

Wirtemberg, 1784

John Ellerton, 1876

O Father, all creating,

Whose wisdom, love, and power

First bound two lives together

In Eden's primal hour,

Today to these thy children

Thine earliest gifts renew--

A home by thee made happy,

A love by thee kept true.

O Savior, Guest most bounteous

Of old in Galilee,

Vouchsafe today thy presence

With these who call on thee;

Their store of earthly gladness

Transform to heavenly wine,

And teach them, in the tasting,

To know the gift is thine.

O Spirit of the Father,

Breathe on them from above,

So mighty in thy pureness,

So tender in thy love;

That, guarded by thy presence,

From sin and strife kept free,

Their lives may own thy guidance,

Their hearts be ruled by thee.

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Except thou build it, Father,

The house is built in vain;

Except thou, Savior, bless it,

The joy will turn to pain;

But naught can break the marriage

Of hearts in thee made one,

And love thy Spirit hallows

Is endless love begun.

Amen.

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