Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing
words of the "Voice that Breathed O'er Eden" lyrics, John Keble (April 25, 1792-March 29, 1866),
was born in Fairford, Gloucestershire, England and
achieved fame as a vicar and hymn writer. Keble was also a professor of poetry at Oxford.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Voice that Breathed O'er Eden", John Stainer (June 6, 1840-March 31, 1901),
was born in London, England and
became famous as a composer, Church organist, chorister and professor of music at Oxford University.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Voice that Breathed O'er Eden
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Keble (April 25, 1792
to March 29, 1866)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: John Stainer (June 6, 1840 to
March 31, 1901)
Hymn Category: Wedding Songs
First Line of Hymn: "The voice that breathed o'er Eden, that earliest wedding day, The primal wedding blessing, it hath not passed away"
First Publication Date:
Voice that Breathed O'er Eden Lyrics
The voice that breathed o'er Eden, that earliest wedding day,
The primal wedding blessing, it hath not passed away.
Still in the pure espousal of Christian man and maid
The Holy Three are with us, the threefold grace is said.
For dower of blessèd children,
For love and faith's sweet sake,
For high mysterious union
Which naught on earth may break.
Be present, awful Father, to give away this bride
As Thou gav'st Eve to Adam, a helpmate at his side.
Be present, Son of Mary, to join their loving hands
As Thou didst bind two natures in Thine eternal bands.
Be present, Holy Spirit, to bless them as they kneel,
As Thou for Christ, the Bridegroom, the heav'nly Spouse dost seal.
O spread Thy pure wing o'er them, let no ill power find place
When onward to Thine altar their hallowed path they trace.
To cast their crowns before Thee in perfect sacrifice,
Till to the home of gladness with Christ's own Bride they rise.
To Father, Son, and Spirit, eternal One and Three,
And was and is forever, all praise and glory be.