1 Christ, we come before Thee on this happy day;
Thine all priceless blessing grant us now we pray;
With this Christian bridegroom, with this Christian bride,
Be Thou ever present, Lord, and Life, and Guide.
2 Thou didst take our nature, as a bride to be,
One with Thee, O Savior, through eternity;
Thou didst, as a bridegroom, wed Thy Church; and still
She reflects Thy glory, loving all Thy will.
3 Grant to Christian bridegrooms such true love as Thine;
Grant to brides thus married like the Church to shine:
So shall life be gladness, with Thee at their side;
All its joys and sorrows in Thee sanctified.
4 For this first of blessings, dowry from above,
Bliss of holy marriage, joy of wedded love,
Father, Son and Spirit, unto Thee we raise,
Heart and voice uniting, now our thankful praise.
Thompson, Henry John, M.A., son of John Northon Thompson, was born at Kingsclere, Hants, 1830; was Tylney Exhibitioner Queen's College, Oxford, 1850; and graduated B.A. in 1853, M.A. in 1856. On taking Holy Orders, he became curate of St. Mary's, Warwick. In 1859 he was instituted to the vicarage of Dodford, near Weedon, Northants. In 1878 he became chaplain to the R.A. garrison at Weedon, and in 1879 was appointed rural dean of Weedon. Mr. Thompson has written, "Christ, we come before Thee" (Holy Matrimony), to be sung at the commencement of the office of Holy Matrimony. It was first printed, with music by the Rev. T. R. Matthews, by Novello & Co.; and again, together with the same music, in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Ch… Go to person page >
Display Title: Christ, We Come Before TheeFirst Line: Christ, we come before Thee on this happy dayTune Title: EDGBASTONAuthor: Henry J. ThompsonMeter: 188.8.131.52Source: Church Hymns, (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1871)