To the chief Musician upon Shoshannim, for the sons of Korah, Maschil, A Song of loves.
First Version (C.M.)
^1My heart brings forth a goodly thing;
my words that I indite
Concern the King: my tongue's a pen
of one that swift doth write.
^2Thou fairer art than sons of men:
into thy lips is store
Of grace infus'd; God therefore thee
hath bless'd for evermore.
^3O thou that art the mighty One,
thy sword gird on thy thigh;
Ev'n with thy glory excellent,
and with thy majesty.
^4For meekness, truth, and righteousness,
in state ride prosp'rously;
And thy right hand shall thee instruct
in things that fearful be.
^5Thine arrows sharply pierce the heart
of th' en'mies of the King;
And under thy subjection
the people down do bring.
^6For ever and for ever is,
O God, thy throne of might;
The sceptre of thy kingdom is
a sceptre that is right.
^7Thou lovest right, and hatest ill;
for God, thy God, most high,
Above thy fellows hath with th' oil
of joy anointed thee.
^8Of aloes, myrrh, and cassia,
a smell thy garments had,
Out of the iv'ry palaces,
whereby they made thee glad.
^9Among thy women honourable
kings' daughters were at hand:
Upon thy right hand did the queen
in gold of Ophir stand.
^10O daughter, hearken and regard,
and do thine ear incline;
Likewise forget thy father's house,
and people that are thine.
^11Then of the King desir'd shall be
thy beauty veh'mently:
Because he is thy Lord, do thou
him worship rev'rently.
^12The daughter there of Tyre shall be
with gifts and off rings great:
Those of the people that are rich
thy favour shall entreat.
^13Behold, the daughter of the King
all glorious is within;
And with embroideries of gold
her garments wrought have been.
^14She shall be brought unto the King
in robes with needle wrought;
Her fellow-virgins following
shall unto thee be brought.
^15They shall be brought with gladness great,
and mirth on ev'ry side,
Into the palace of the King,
and there they shall abide.
^16Instead of those thy fathers dear,
thy children thou may'st take,
And in all places of the earth
them noble princes make.
^17Thy name remember'd I will make
through ages all to be:
The people therefore evermore
shall praises give to thee.