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O

PERFECT Love, all human thought transcending, Lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne; That theirs may be the love that knows no ending, Whom thou for ever more dost join in one.

2.

O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance
Of tender charity and steadfast faith,

Of patient hope, and quiet brave endurance,

With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

3.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow,
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife;
And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow

That dawns upon eternal love and life.

DOROTHY FRANCES BLOMFIELD, 1858

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'TERNAL Love, whose law doth sway The worlds in ordered course, And works in human hearts its way

ET

With sacred force,

2.

To thee our waiting hearts we lift,
This solemn, joyful hour,

And ask thy spirit's perfect gift,
For marriage dower.

3.

Thy hand the sacred links hath wrought
That bind two souls in one;

Thy highest mysteries thus are taught,
Thy heaven begun.

4.

O, hallow with thy presence now
This sacrament of love;

Breathe in the trembling human vow
Strength from above.

5.

Then, wheresoe'er the unknown road
Of outward life may roam
A flame that on thine altar glowed

Shall light the home.

ELLA SOPHIA ARMITAGE, 1841

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