Scripture Verse

Both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage. John 2:2


Henry W. Baker (1821–1877)

Words: Hen­ry W. Bak­er, in Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1861.

Music: St. George (Gaunt­lett) Hen­ry J. Gaunt­lett, 1848 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Mahlon J. Par­sons, in The Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Hym­nal (Lon­don: Pri­mi­tive Me­tho­dist Pub­lish­ing House, 1889), num­ber 933 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Henry J. Gauntlett (1805–1876)
National Portrait Gallery



How wel­come was the call,
And sweet the fes­tal lay,
When Je­sus deigned in Ca­na’s hall
To bless the mar­riage day!

And hap­py was the bride,
And glad the bride­groom’s heart,
For He who tar­ried at their side
Bade grief and ill de­part.

His gra­cious pow­er di­vine
The wa­ter ves­sels knew;
And plen­teous was the mys­tic wine
The won­der­ing ser­vants drew.

O Lord of life and love,
Come Thou again to­day;
And bring a bless­ing from above
That ne’er shall pass away.

O bless, as erst of old,
The bride­groom and the bride;
Bless with the ho­li­er stream that flowed
Forth from Thy pierc­èd side.

Before Thine al­tar throne
This mercy we im­plore;
As Thou dost knit them, Lord, in one,
So bless them ev­er­more.