Wedding Hymns

These are the most popular wedding hymns, but we are happy to discuss other suggestions.  Please use the words in this form, which match our hymn books.

Please note that the copyright information at the end of each hymn must be copied on your order of service, together with the following notice if you are using modern hymns: ‘Hymns reproduced under CCL copyright licence are covered by licence no. 53805’

Index:

1             All things bright and beautiful

2             Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
3             And did those feet in ancient time (Jerusalem)
4             Be still, for the presence of the Lord
5             Dear Lord and Father of mankind
6             Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising (Sing hosanna)
7             Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
8             I danced in the morning when the world was begun (Lord of the dance)
9             Immortal, invisible, God only wise
10           I vow to thee, my country
11           Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
12           Lord Jesus Christ (Living Lord)
13           Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
14           Lord, the light of your love is shining (Shine, Jesus, Shine)
15           Love divine, all loves excelling
16           Make me a channel of your peace.
17           Morning has broken, like the first morning;
18           O Jesus, I have promised
19           Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
20           Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
21           Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation
22           The King of love my Shepherd is
23           The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want

1             (CP 251)
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.


Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.
               All things bright, etc.


The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.
               All things bright, etc.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.
               All things bright, etc.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.
               All things bright, etc.
                                             Mrs C F Alexander 1818-1895

2             (CP 375)

Amazing grace!  How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
and grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
the hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come.
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me;
his word my hope secures;
he will my shield and portion be
as long as life endures.
                                             John Newton 1725-1807

3             (CP 353) (Jerusalem)

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark satanic mills?

Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green and pleasant land.
                                                            William Blake 1757-1827

4             (CP 383)
              
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One is here.
Come, bow before him now,
with reverence and fear.
In him no sin is found,
we stand on holy ground.
Be still, for the presence of the Lord,
the Holy One is here.

Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around;
He burns with holy fire,
with splendour he is crowned.
How awesome is the sight,
our radiant King of light!
Be still, for the glory of the Lord
is shining all around.

Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place,
he comes to cleanse and heal,
to minister his grace.
No work too hard for him,
in faith receive from him;
Be still, for the power of the Lord
is moving in this place.
                              David J Evans b 1957
                              ã 1986 Kingsway's Thankyou Music

5             (CP 411)

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
re-clothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence praise.
in deeper reverence praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard,
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, without a word
rise up and follow thee,
rise up and follow thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
where Jesus knelt to share with thee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!
interpreted by love.

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace.
the beauty of thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire
thy coolness and thy balm;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still small voice of calm,
O still small voice of calm.
                              John Greenleaf Whittier 1807-1892

6             (CP 433) (Sing hosanna)

Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
Give me joy in my heart, I pray.
Give me joy in my heart, keep me praising,
Keep me praising till the break of day.
Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
               Sing hosanna to the King of Kings!
               Sing hosanna, sing hosanna,
               Sing hosanna to the King!


Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
Give me peace in my heart, I pray.
Give me peace in my heart, keep me loving,
Keep me loving till the break of day.

Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
Give me love in my heart, I pray.
Give me love in my heart, keep me serving,
Keep me serving till the break of day.
                                                            Traditional

7             (CP 455)
Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,
pilgrim thorough this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
hold me with thy powerful hand:
               Bread of heaven
               Bread of heaven
feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain
whence the healing stream doth flow;
let the fiery cloudy pillar
lead me all my journey through:
               strong deliverer
               strong deliverer,
be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan
bid my anxious fears subside;
death of death, and hell's destruction,
land me safe on Canaan's side:
               songs and praises,
               songs and praises,
I will ever give to thee.
                              W Williams.  Tr. P & W Williams
                              ãCanterbury Press, Norwich

8             (CP 468) (Lord of the Dance)

I danced in the morning when the world was begun,
and I danced in the moon and the stars and the sun,
and I came down from heaven and I danced on the earth;
at Bethlehem I had my birth:

Dance, then, wherever you may be;
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
and I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
and I'll lead you all in the dance, said he.


I danced for the scribe and the pharisee,
but they would not dance and they wouldn't follow me;
I danced for the fishermen, for James and John;
they came with me and the dance went on:

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame;
the holy people said it was a shame.
they whipped and they stripped and they hung me high,
and they left me there on a cross to die:

I danced on a Friday when the sky turned black;
it's hard to dance with the devil on your back.
They buried my body and they thought I'd gone;
but I am the dance and I still go on:

They cut me down and I leap up high;
I am the life that'll never, never die;
I'll live in you if you'll live in me:
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he:
                              Sydney Carter b 1915
                              ã 1963 Stainer & Bell Ltd.

9             (CP 474)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life thou givest, to both great and small;
in all life thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish; but nought changeth thee.

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light,
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
'tis only the splendour of light hideth thee.
                                             W Chalmers Smith 1824-1908

10           (CP 355)

I vow to thee, my country,
all earthly things above,
entire and whole and perfect,
the service of my love:
the love that asks no question,
the love that stands the test,
that lays upon the altar
the dearest and the best;
the love that never falters,
the love that pays the price
the love that makes undaunted
the final sacrifice.

And there's another country
I've heard of long ago,
most dear to them that love her,
most great to them that know;
we may not count her armies,
we may not see her King;
her fortress is a faithful heart,
her pride is suffering;
and soul by soul and silently
her shining bounds increase,
and her ways are ways of gentleness,
and all her paths are peace.
                              Sir Cecil Spring-Rice 1859-1918

11           (CP 496)

Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
o'er the world's tempestuous sea;
guard us, guide us, keep us, feed us,
for we have no help but thee;
yet possessing every blessing
if our God our Father be.

Saviour, breathe forgiveness o'er us,
all our weakness thou dost know;
thou didst treat this earth before us,
thou didst feel its keenest woe;
lone and dreary, faint and weary,
through the desert thou didst go.

Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy,
love with every passion blending,
pleasure that can never cloy:
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.
                              James Edmeston 1791-1867

12           (CP 505) (Living Lord)

Lord Jesus Christ
you have come to us,
you are one with us,
Mary's son;
cleansing our souls from all their sin,
pouring your love and goodness in,
Jesus, our love for you we sing,
living Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
now and every day,
teach us how to pray,
Son of God.
You have commanded us to do
this in remembrance, Lord, of you
into our lives your power breaks through
living Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have come to us,
born as one of us,
Mary's Son.
Led out to die on Calvary,
risen from death to set us free,
living Lord Jesus, help us see,
               you are Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
I would come to you,
live my life for you,
Son of God.
All your commands I know are true,
your many gifts will make me new,
into my life your power breaks through,
               Living Lord.
                              Patrick Appleford b 1924

13           (CP 507)
Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy,
be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.
                              Jan Struther (Joyce Placzek) 1901-1953)

14           (CP 513) (Shine, Jesus, shine)

Lord, the light of your love is shining,
in the midst of the darkness, shining;
Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us,
set us free by the truth you now bring us,
shine on me, shine on me.
               Shine, Jesus, shine,
               fill this land with the Father's glory;
               blaze, Spirit, blaze,
               set our hearts on fire.
               Flow, river, flow
               flood the nations with grace and mercy;
               send forth your word, Lord,
               and let there be light!


Lord, I come to your awesome presence,
from the shadows into your radiance;
by the blood I may enter your brightness,
search me, try me, consume all my darkness,
shine on me, shine on me:
               Shine, Jesus, shine


As we gaze on your kingly brightness,
so our faces display your likeness
ever changing from glory to glory
mirrored here may our lives tell your story:
shine on me, shine on me:
Shine, Jesus, shine           
               Graham Kenrick b 1950
               ã 1987 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

15           (CP 516)

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
never more thy temple leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above;
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation:
pure and spotless let us be;
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.
                              Charles Wesley 1707-1788

16           (CP 519)

Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
where there is injury, your pardon, Lord;
and where there's doubt, true faith in you.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love, with all my soul.


Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope;
where there is darkness, only light;
and where's sadness, ever joy.

O Master, grant that I may never seek
so much to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love, with all my soul.



Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
in giving to all men that we receive,
and in dying that we're born to eternal life.
                              Sebastian Temple 1928-1997
                              from a prayer of St Francis of Assisi c. 1182-1226

17           (CP 260)

Morning has broken, like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken, like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!  Praise for the morning!
Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall sunlit from heaven,
like the first dewfall on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
sprung in completeness where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
born of the one light Eden saw play!
Praise with elation, praise every morning,
God's re-creation of the new day!
               Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)
               ã Oxford University Press

18           (CP 538)

O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou for ever near me,
my Master and my Friend:
I shall not fear the battle
if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if thou wilt be my guide.

O let me feel thee near me:
the world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but, Jesus, draw thou nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.

O let me hear thee speaking
in accents clear and still
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will;
O speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee,
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end:
O give me grace to follow,
my Master and my Friend.
O let me see thy foot-marks,
and in them plant mine own;
my hope to follow duly
is in thy strength alone:
O guide me, call me, draw me,
uphold me to the end;
and then in heaven receive me,
my Saviour and my Friend.

19           (CP 262)

Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
consider all the worlds thy hand has made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
thy power throughout the universe displayed;
               Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee,
               how great thou art, how great thou ar!,
               Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to thee,
               how great thou art, how great thou art!


When through the woods and forest glades I wander,
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;
                              Then sings my soul . . .

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
sent him to die -  I scarce can take it in:
that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin;
               Then sings my soul . . .

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
and take me home – what joy shall fill my heart!
Then shall I bow in humble adoration,
and there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!
               Then sings my soul . . .
                              Russian Hymn tr. Stuart K Hine 1899 – 1989
                              ã1953 Stuart K Hine/ Kingsway’s Thankyou Music

20           (CP 555)

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven,
to his feet thy tribute bring;
ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
who like me his praise should sing?
Alleluia, alleluia,
praise the everlasting King!

Praise him for his grace and favour
to our fathers in distress;
praise him still the same for ever,
slow to chide and swift to bless.
Alleluia, alleluia,
glorious in his faithfulness!

Father-like he tends and spares us;
well our feeble frame he knows;
in his hands he gently bears us,
rescues us from all our foes.
Alleluia, alleluia,
Widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him;
ye behold him face to face;
sun and moon bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space.
Alleluia, alleluia,
praise with us the God of grace.
               Henry Francis Lyte 1793-1847 from Psalm 103

21           (CP 558)

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
               the King of creation;
O my soul, praise him,
for he is thy health and salvation:
               all ye who hear,
               now to his temple draw near,
joining in glad adoration,

Praise to the Lord, who o'er all things
               so wondrously reigneth,
shieldeth thee gently from harm,
or when fainting sustaineth:
               hast thou not seen
               how thy heart's wishes have been
granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work
               and defend thee;
surely his goodness and mercy
shall daily attend thee:
               ponder anew
               what the Almighty can do,
if to the end he befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord!  O let all that is in me
               adore him!
All that hath life and breath,
come now with praises
before him!
               Let the Amen
               sound from his people again:
gladly for ay we adore him.
               Joachim Neander 1650-1680
               tr. Catherine Winkworth 1827-2878

22           (CP589)

The King of love my Shepherd is,
whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
and he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
my ransomed soul he leadeth,
and where the verdant pastures grow
with food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed
but yet in love he sought me,
and on his shoulder gently laid,
and home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill
with thee, dear Lord, beside me;
thy rod and staff my comfort still,
thy cross before to guide me.

Thou spread’st a table in my sight,
thy unction grace bestoweth;
and O what transport of delight
from thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
thy goodness faileth never:
good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
within thy house for ever.
               HW Baker 1821-1877 from Psalm 23

23           (CP 594)

The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
he makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.

My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e'en for his own name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill;
for thou art with me, and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.

My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes;
my head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me;
and in God's house for evermore
my dwelling-place shall be.
               Scottish Psalter 1650 from Psalm 23
 


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