1 Lord Jesus, who didst once appear
To grace a marriage feast;
We now beseech Thy presence here,
To make this wedding blest.
With grace the bride and bridegroom speed;
Thy love their pattern be;
May heart with heart be true indeed,
As knit, O Lord, in Thee.
2 In purest love their souls unite,
That they with Christ-like care,
May make each other’s burden light,
By taking mutual share.
And looking to their heav’nly home,
Oh, may they dwell each day,
As heirs of life till Thou shalt come
To take Thy bride away.
Berridge, John, born at Kingston, Notis, March 1, 1716, and educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge. In 1749 he was ordained as curate to the parish of Stapleford, near Cambridge, and in 1755 he was preferred to the Vicarage of Everton, where he died Jan. 22, 1793. His epitaph, written by himself for his own tombstone (with date of death filled in), is an epitome of his life. It reads:—
" Here lies the remains of John Berridge, late Vicar of Everton, and an itinerate servant of Jesus Christ, who loved his Master and His work; and after running on His errands for many years, was caught up to wait on Him above. Reader! art thou born again? (No salvation without a new birth.) I was born in sin, February, 1716; remained ignorant of my fallen sta… Go to person page >