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23a. Eructavit cor meum

1 My heart doth take in hand,
some godly song to sing:
The praise that I shall shew therein,
pertaineth to the King.
2 My tongue shall be as quick,
his honour to indite,
As is the pen of any scribe
that useth fast to write.

3 O fairest of all men,
thy speech is pleasant pure:
For God hath blessed thee with gifts
for ever to endure.
4 About thee gird thy sword,
O Prince of might elect:
With honour, glory, and renown,
thou art most richly deckt.

5 Go forth with godly speed,
with meeknesse truth, and right:
And thy right hand shall thee instruct
in works of dreadfull might.
6 Thine arrows sharp and keen
their heart so sore shall sting:
That folk shall fall and kneele to thee,
yea all thy foes O King.

7 Thy royall seat O Lord,
for ever shall remaine:
Because the Scepter of thy Realme
doth righteousnesse maintaine.
8 Because thou lov'st the right,
and dost the ill detest,
God even thy God hath nointed thee
with joy above the rest.

9 With myrrhe and savours sweet
thy clothes are all bespread:
When thou dost from thy pallace passe,
therein to make thee glad.
10 Kings daughters do attend
in fine and rich array;
At thy right hand the Queene doth stand
in gold and garments gay.

The second Part.

11 O daughter take good heed,
incline and give good eare:
Thou must forget thy kindred all,
and father's house most deare.
12 Then shall the King desire
thy beauty faire and trim:
For why? he is the Lord thy God,
and thou must worship him.

13 The daughters then of Tyre,
with gifts fill rich to see,
And all the wealthy of the land
shall make their suit to thee.
14 The daughter of the King
is glorious to behold:
Within her closet she doth sit
all deckt in beaten gold.

15 In robes well wrought with needle,
and many a pleasant thing:
With Virgins fair on her to wait,
she commeth to the King.
16 Thus are they brought with joy,
and mirth on every side,
Into the pallace of the King,
and there they do abide.

17 In stead of parents lest,
(O Queene the case so stands)
Thou shalt have sonnes whom thou maist see,
as Princes in all lands.
18 Wherefore thy holy Name,
all ages shall record:
The people shall give thanks to thee,
for evermore O Lord.

Text Information
First Line: My heart doth take in hand
Title: Eructavit cor meum
Author: J. H.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1640
Notes: Sing this as Psalm 15
Tune Information
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