Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 23, 2011

Thou God of truth and love,
We seek thy perfect way,
Ready thy choice to approve,
Thy providence to obey:
Enter into thy wise design,
And sweetly lose our will in thine.

Why hast thou cast our lot
In the same age and place?
And why together brought
To see each other’s face?
To join with softest sympathy,
And mix our friendly souls in thee?

Didst thou not make us one,
That we might one remain,
Together travel on,
And bear each other’s pain;
Till all thy utmost goodness prove,
And rise renewed in perfect love?

Surely thou didst unite
Our kindred spirits here,
That all hereafter might
Before thy throne appear;
Meet at the marriage of the Lamb,
And all thy glorious love proclaim.

Then let us ever bear
The blessed end in view,
And join, with mutual care,
To fight our passage through;
And kindly help each other on,
Till all receive the starry crown.

O may thy Spirit seal
Our souls unto that day,
With all thy fulness fill,
And then transport away!
Away to our eternal rest,
Away to our Redeemer’s breast!

Charles Wesley

We sang this yesterday at Sarah & Chris’s wedding and it seemed right to post it today with my best wishes to them.

It was a lovely occasion, and a real privilege to share the day with them.

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Sarah 01.23.11 at 7:07 pm

Thanks again for everything Richard, you did a grand job and it was lovely to have you with us! Great hymn too :)

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Richard 01.23.11 at 8:00 pm

It was a splendid day. (The London buses were a nice touch!) Sorry we didn’t manage to stay for the ceilidh.

3

Tim 01.23.11 at 10:36 pm

That’s a wonderful hymn for a wedding! Thank you! What’s the tune?

4

Richard 01.23.11 at 11:24 pm

We sing it to St Godric.

It’s not surprising that it is a good wedding hymn: it was originally a love poem written by Charles to his future wife. Appropriately enough, she was Sarah too. (John, of course, altered the hymn to make it more ‘corporate’)

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Kim 01.24.11 at 7:16 am

Ah, Godric, according to The Penguin Dictionary of Saints, “apparently the earliest known lyrical poet in English … [and] also the author of the earliest known musical settings of English words.”

I’m SO glad you had a great day, Sarah, and that Richard played his part well. Just one question: what the hell are you doing blogging the day after your wedding? ;)

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Richard 01.24.11 at 8:38 am

Kim, you just don’t understand.

To paraphrase the great Bill Shankly: Blogging isn’t a matter of life and death. It’s more important than that. ;)

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