Matrimony (John Stainer)

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  • (Posted 2007-12-02)  CPDL #15589:            (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-12-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Based on the edition from the Cyber Hymnal™

General Information

Title: Matrimony
Composer: John Stainer
Lyricist: John Keble

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 76. 76

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published:

External websites:

Original text and translations

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

Be present, Son of Mary,
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.

Lyrics: John Keble, 1857.