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Thine for ever! Lord of life,
Shield us through our earthly strife;
Thou, the Life, the Truth, the Way,
Guide us to the realms of day.

3 Thine for ever! O how blest

They who find in Thee their rest;
Saviour, Guardian, heavenly Friend,
O defend us to the end.

4 Thine for ever! Saviour, keep

These Thy frail and trembling sheep ;
Safe alone beneath Thy care

Let us all Thy goodness share.
5 Thine for ever! Thou our Guide,

All our wants by Thee supplied,
All our sins by Thee forgiven,
Lead us, Lord, from earth to heaven! Amen.


Holy Matrimony.



THE voice that breathed o'er Eden,

That earliest wedding day,
The primal marriage blessing,

It hath not passed away.
Still in the pure espousal

Of Christian man and maid,
The Holy Three are with us,

The three-fold grace is said:


3 For dower of blessèd children,

For love and faith's sweet sake,
For high mysterious union

Which nought on earth may break.

4 Be present, awful Father,

To give away this Bride,
As Eve Thou gav'st to Adam

Out of his own pierc'd side.

5 Be present, Son of Mary,

To join their loving hands,
As Thou didst bind two natures

In Thine eternal bands.

6 Be present, Holiest Spirit,

To bless them as they kneel ;
As Thou, for Christ the Bridegroom,

The heavenly Spouse dost seal.

? O spread Thy pure wing o'er them !

Let no ill power find place,
When onward to Thine altar

The hallowed path they trace,

8 To cast their crowns before Thee

In perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness
With Christ's own Bride they rise. Amen.

7. Keble,

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LORD, who at Cana's wedding feast

Didst as a guest appear,
Thou dearer far than earthly guest,

Vouchsafe Thy presence here:
For holy Thou indeed dost prove

The marriage vow to be,
Proclaiming it a type of love

Between the Church and Thee. 3 On those who at Thy altar kneel,

O Lord, Thy blessing pour,
That each may wake the other's zeal

To love Thee more and more.
4 O give them here in peace to live,

In purity and love,
And, this world leaving, to receive

A crown of life above.
5* To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

The God whom we adore,
Be glory, as it was,


And shall be evermore. Amen.

Burial of the Dead.


i Now lay we calmly in the grave

This form, whereof no doubt we have
That it shall rise again that day,
In glorious triumph o'er decay.

2 And so to earth again we trust

What came from dust, and turns to dust,
And from the dust shall surely rise
When the last trumpet fills the skies.

3 His trials and his griefs are past,

A blessed end is his at last;
He bore Christ's yoke, and did His will,
And though he died he liveth still.

4 He lives where none can mourn and weep,

And calmly shall this body sleep
Till God shall Death himself destroy
And raise it into glorious joy.

5 So help us, Christ, our hope in loss !

Thou hast redeemed us by Thy cross
From endless death and misery ;
We praise, we bless, we worship Thee !

M. Weiss. C. Winkworth. (tr.)



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our heads are bowed with woe,
When our bitter tears o'erflow;
When we mourn the lost, the dear,
Gracious Son of Mary, hear !


Thou our throbbing flesh hast worn,
Thou our mortal griefs hast borne,
Thou hast shed the human tear:
Gracious Son of Mary, hear !

Laying the Foundation Stone of a Church. 285 3 When the sullen death-bell tolls

For our own departed souls ;
When our final doom is near,
Gracious Son of Mary, hear!

4 Thou hast bowed the dying head;

Thou the blood of life hast shed ;
Thou hast filled a mortal bier :
Gracious Son of Mary, hear !

5 When the heart is sad within

With the thought of all its sin ;
When the spirit shrinks with fear,
Gracious Son of Mary, hear !

6 Thou the shame, the grief hast known,

Though the sins were not Thine own,
Thou hast deigned their load to bear,
Gracious Son of Mary, hear! Amen.

H. H. Milman.

Laying the Foundation Stone of a Church,

1 O LORD of Hosts, whose glory fills

The bounds of the eternal hills,
And yet vouchsafes, in Christian lands,
To dwell in temples made with hands;


Grant that all we, who here to-day
Rejoicing this foundation lay,
May be in very deed Thine own,
Built on the precious Corner-stone.

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