1 Good matter springs up in my heart;
my words respect the King;
And ready as a writer's pen
my tongue his praise to sing.
2 O fairer than the sons of men;
what wondrous grace we see
Pour'd on thy lips; GOD therefore hath
for ever blessed Thee.
3 Thy conqu'ring sword, O mighty one,
gird Thou upon thy thigh;
With glorious magnificence
and comely majesty;
4 Ride prosp'rous on the word of truth,
meekness and righteousness;
And thy right hand shall wonders show
of terror and of grace.
5 Within the hearts of the King's foes,
thine arrows sharp shall be;
Whereby the people overcome,
shall fall down under Thee.
6 Thy universal throne, O GOD,
ever and ever is;
The scepter of thy kingdom sway'd
in perfect righteousness.
7 Thou lovest right, and hatest ill;
so GOD thy God in love
Anointed Thee with oil of joy
thy fellow-kings above.
8 Thy fragrant robes with aloes, myrrh,
and cassia, which Thee clad,
Brought from the iv'ry palaces,
conspire to make Thee glad.
9 In thy bright circles round thy view
kings daughters happy stand;
And the fair Queen in ophir-gold
appears at thy right hand.
[2 Part, Address to the CHURCH.]
10 O daughter, hearken and behold,
do thou incline thine ear:
See thine own people thou forget
and father's house so dear.
11 Then will thy beauty to the King,
still more delightful be:
yet must thou humbly worship Him,
because thy Lord is He.
12 The daughter of rich Tyre shall soon
her presents bring to thee;
And riches people seek that they
may in thy favour be.
13 But the King's Daughter is within
all glorious to behold;
And all her robes are bright'ned with
embroideries of gold.
14 Thus to the King in royal robes,
with needles richly wrought,
and fellow-virgins in her train
she shall to Thee be brought.
15 With gladness and increasing joy,
they'r brought along in state,
Till all exulting enter in
the royal palace gate.
16 In their stead who thy fathers are
thy lovely sons shall be;
Whom thou mayst place in all the earth
in princely dignity.
17 By this my song in ages all,
I will transmit thy name,
And make the world with one consent
thy endless praise proclaim.