Wedding Blessing
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2004)
author: traditional – Native American
genre: quartet: baritone, oboe, piano, organ
length: 1 movement, 4:40 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440

world premiere: 21 August 2004
Ronald Giles, baritone • Joan Giles, piano
Nancy Galbraith, organ • Amy Galbraith, oboe
Christ Lutheran Church • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
program notes: "Wedding Blessing" was written for the wedding of Sarah Galbraith (the composer's daughter) and Jeremy Bond.

  Now you’ll feel no rain for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you’ll feel no cold for each of you will be warmth to the other.
There is no more loneliness!
Now you are two persons but there is one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place to enter the days of togetherness.
May your days be good and long upon the earth mother.
There is no pain for one is comfort to the other.
There is no night for one is light to the other.
The snow has ended, your fears, your wants are at rest.
It is that way today, tomorrow, forever.
Now there is warmth, now there is comfort.
You are as one.
There are two bodies, but there is one heart.
[Traditional; Native American]