Psalm 45 (1st version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    My 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.
2    Thou fairer art than sons of men:
       into thy lips is store
     Of grace infus'd; God therefore thee
       hath bless'd for evermore.

3    O thou that art the mighty One,
       thy sword gird on thy thigh;
     Ev'n with thy glory excellent,
       and with thy majesty.
4    For meekness, truth, and righteousness,
       in state ride prosp'rously;
     And thy right hand shall thee instruct
       in things that fearful be.

5    Thine arrows sharply pierce the heart
       of th' en'mies of the King;
     And under thy subjection
       the people down do bring.
6    For ever and for ever is,
       O God, thy throne of might;
     The sceptre of thy kingdom is
       a sceptre that is right.

7    Thou lovest right, and hatest ill;
       for God, thy God, most high,
     Above thy fellows hath with th' oil
       of joy anointed thee.
8    Of aloes, myrrh, and cassia,
       a smell thy garments had,
     Out of the iv'ry palaces,
       whereby they made thee glad.

9    Among thy women honourable
       kings' daughters were at hand:
     Upon thy right hand did the queen
       in gold of Ophir stand.
10   O daughter, hearken and regard,
       and do thine ear incline;
     Likewise forget thy father's house,
       and people that are thine.

11   Then of the King desir'd shall be
       thy beauty veh'mently:
     Because he is thy Lord, do thou
       him worship rev'rently.
12   The daughter there of Tyre shall be
       with gifts and off `rings great:
     Those of the people that are rich
       thy favour shall entreat.

13   Behold, the daughter of the King
       all glorious is within;
     And with embroideries of gold
       her garments wrought have been.
14   She shall be brought unto the King
       in robes with needle wrought;
     Her fellow-virgins following
       shall unto thee be brought.

15   They shall be brought with gladness great,
       and mirth on ev'ry side,
     Into the palace of the King,
       and there they shall abide.
16   Instead of those thy fathers dear,
       thy children thou may'st take,
     And in all places of the earth
       them noble princes make.

17   Thy name remember'd I will make
       through ages all to be:
     The people therefore evermore
       shall praises give to thee.

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