Scripture Verse

The Lord God said, It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him. Genesis 2:18

Introduction

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Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden

Words: Re­gi­nald He­ber (1783–1826). Pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly in Hymns Writ­ten and Adapt­ed to the Week­ly Ser­vice of the Church Year (Lon­don: J. Mur­ray, 1827), pag­es 36–37.

Music: White Robes W. D. Far­rer, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Hym­nal, ed­it­ed by George Booth (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­thod­ist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of good Far­rer (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Reginald Heber
1783–1826

Lyrics

When on her Maker’s bosom,
The new-born earth was laid,
And nature’s opening blossom
Its fairest bloom displayed;

When all with fruit and flowers
The laughing soil was dressed,
And Eden’s fragrant bowers
Received their human guest:

No sin his face defiling,
The heir of nature stood,
And God, benignly smiling,
Beheld that all was good.

Yet in that hour of blessing,
A single want was known—
A wish the heart distressing—
For Adam was alone.

God of pure affection,
By men and saints adored,
Who gavest Thy protection
To Cana’s nuptial board,

May such Thy bounties ever
To wedded love be shown,
And no rude hand dissever,
Whom Thou hast linked in one.