Wednesday, December 19, 2007


This is the first of two marriage songs in the Augment. As the committee wrote in the Foreword (p. 1), these "… were added to give couples some more choice from among 'our own' hymns for their marriage ceremonies."

The committee altered this hymn substantially. In many other hymnals it is called "O Perfect Love." It had a number of problems, but the committee is pleased to present it to the churches with the "problems" corrected.

Dorothy Gurney wrote the original text for her sister's wedding. In its altered form, the song is a prayer to God to bless husband and wife as they are joined by their holy vows to God; that they may love each other; be united in faith and trust in God; that they may know joy and peace in the midst of sorrow and strife, all-the-while looking toward the new tomorrow of everlasting life with the Lord.

The tune, O PERFECT LOVE, also known as FIFE and SANDRINGHAM, was composed by Sir Joseph Barnby (1838–1896), English musical composer, conductor and organist.

Sources: Psalter Hymnal Handbook; Internet

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