A man…shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.@Genesis 2;24

Anonymous, before 1850.

Mercy Louis M. Gottschalk, 1867 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Louis M. Gottschalk (1829-1869)

Father, in Thy presence now,
Has been pledged the nuptial vow;
Heart to heart, as hand in hand,
Bride and groom, Thy children stand.

God of love! this union bless,
Not with earth’s low happiness;
But with joys whose heavenly spring
Shall diviner raptures bring.

May these blended souls be found
Firm in duty’s active round;
Daily every burden share,
Nightly seek Thy shadowing care.

When against their trembling forms
Shoot the arrows of life’s storms;
Or when age and sickness wait
Heralds at life’s parting gate—

In the fullness of belief,
May they look beyond the grief;
And together fearless tread
In the path where Thou shalt lead.