Psalm 45 (2nd version)

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 6,6,8,6

1    My heart inditing is
       good matter in a song:
     I speak the things that I have made,
       which to the King belong:
     My tongue shall be as quick,
       his honour to indite,
     As is the pen of any scribe
       that useth fast to write.

2    Thou'rt fairest of all men;
       grace in thy lips doth flow:
     And therefore blessings evermore
       on thee doth God bestow.
3    Thy sword gird on thy thigh,
       thou that art most of might:
     Appear in dreadful majesty,
       and in thy glory bright.

4    For meekness, truth, and right,
       ride prosp'rously in state;
     And thy right hand shall teach to thee
       things terrible and great.
5    Thy shafts shall pierce their hearts
       that foes are to the King;
     Whereby into subjection
       the people thou shalt bring.

6    Thy royal seat, O Lord,
       for ever shall remain:
     The sceptre of thy kingdom doth
       all righteousness maintain.
7    Thou lov'st right, and hat'st ill;
       for God, thy God, most high,
     Above thy fellows hath with th' oil
       of joy anointed thee.

8    Of myrrh and spices sweet
       a smell thy garments had,
     Out of the iv'ry palaces,
       whereby they made thee glad.
9    And in thy glorious train
       kings' daughters waiting stand;
     And thy fair queen, in Ophir gold,
       doth stand at thy right hand.

10   O daughter, take good heed,
       incline, and give good ear;
     Thou must forget thy kindred all,
       and father's house most dear.
11   Thy beauty to the King
       shall then delightful be:
     And do thou humbly worship him,
       because thy Lord is he.

12   The daughter then of Tyre
       there with a gift shall be,
     And all the wealthy of the land
       shall make their suit to thee.
13   The daughter of the King
       all glorious is within;
     And with embroideries of gold
       her garments wrought have been.

14   She cometh to the King
       in robes with needle wrought;
     The virgins that do follow her
       shall unto thee be brought.
15   They shall be brought with joy,
       and mirth on ev'ry side,
     Into the palace of the King,
       and there they shall abide.

16   And in thy fathers' stead,
       thy children thou may'st take,
     And in all places of the earth
       them noble princes make.
17   I will shew forth thy name
       to generations all:
     Therefore the people evermore
       to thee give praises shall.

Recordings of Psalm 45 (2nd version)

PsalmTuneRatingSinging TypePublisher 
Psalm 45 2nd version v10-13
Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650
Malan4/5
(51 votes)
choir with soloist
(tutored)
Highland Harmony Singers
Festival of Psalmody
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