1 Crown with Thy benediction
This covenant of love;
And make this hallowed union
Foretaste of heaven above:
Let pure and perfect gladness,
Let pure and perfect rest,
And peace that know no sadness,
Thy presence, Lord, attest.
2 As once in Eden's springtime,
As once at Cana's feast,
So consecrate this bridal--
Be thou its guest and priest!
With sunshine wreathe the altar,
Chase every cloud away,
Nor let their voices falter
Who plight their troth today.
3 God bless the bride and bridegroom,
And fill with joy their life;
Keep them, through all its changes,
True husband, faithful wife!
If Thou wilt smile upon them,
They shall not need the sun;
This thought their hearts rejoicing--
Henceforth, not twain but one.
4 With Thy great love befriend them,
The love that casts out fear;
And make a rainbow round them
For every falling tear:
Till, all their sheaves well-garnered,
Heaven's harvest home they raise,
Where love, that knows no ending,
Inspires more perfect praise.
Greenwood, John Brooke, born at Huddersfield, Feb. 9, 1828, and educated at the Huddersfield College, is a merchant shipper of cotton yarn to the continental markets. In 1853 he published Records-Memorial of E. B. Cave. He has written many hymns, chiefly for Sunday-school anniversary services, and other special occasions. Of these the following, which appeared with others in an Appendix to the Leeds Sunday School Hymn Book, published for the use of the Cheetham Hill (Manchester) Sunday School, are in common use outside that collection:—
1. Crown with Thy benediction. Holy Matrimony.
2. Finding: no place of rest. Return of the Dove to the Ark.
3. How long, 0 Lord, how long? Thy children sigh. First pub. in the Manchester Congrega… Go to person page >