I am part of Norumbega Harmony, a community of friends that gathers every Monday evening to sing shape note (or shaped-note) music from The Sacred Harp and related tune-books. This evening we commemorated the first legal same-sex marriages in California by singing "Harmony", a tune attributed to Amariah Hall (Raynham, MA, 1758-1827) and set to verses from one of the Lyric Poems by Isaac Watts (1674-1748), printed in The Northern Harmony:
Say, mighty Love, and teach my song, To whom my sweetest joys belong; And who the happy pairs, Whose yielding hearts and joining hands, Find blessings twisted with their bands, To soften all their cares.
Two kindest souls alone must meet: 'Tis friendship makes the bondage sweet And feeds their mutual loves. If there be bliss without design, Ivys and oaks may grow and twine, And be as blest as they.