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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
XLV
 
A Song Celebrating the King’s Marriage
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to Shoshannim. 1 A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Maschil. A Song of loves.
 
 
[1]  MY heart overfloweth with a goodly matter;
I 2 speak the things which I have made touching the king:
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
[2]  Thou art fairer than the children of men;
Grace is poured into 3 thy lips:
Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
[3]  Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O mighty one,
Thy glory and thy majesty.
[4]  And in thy majesty ride on prosperously,
Because 4 of truth and meekness and righteousness:
And thy 5 right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
[5]  Thine arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under thee;
They are in the heart of the king’s enemies.
[6]  Thy 6 throne, O God, is for ever and ever:
A sceptre of equity is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
[7]  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness:
Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee
With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
[8]  All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made thee glad.
[9]  Kings’ daughters are among thy honorable women:
At thy right hand doth stand the queen in gold of Ophir.
[10]  Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear;
Forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house:
[11]  So will the king desire thy beauty;
For he is thy lord; and reverence thou him.
[12]  And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift;
The rich among the people shall entreat thy favor.
The king’s daughter within 7 the palace is all glorious:
Her clothing is in wrought with gold.
[13]  She shall be led unto the king in 8 broidered work:
The virgins her companions that follow her
Shall be brought unto thee.
[14]  With gladness and rejoicing shall they be led:
They shall enter into the king’s palace.
[15]  Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children,
Whom thou shalt make princes in all the earth.
[16]  I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations:
Therefore shall the peoples give thee thanks for ever and ever.
 
Note 1. That is, Lilies. [back]
Note 2. Or, I speak: my work is for a king Or, on behalf of. [back]
Note 3. Or, went in procession with them. [back]
Note 4. Or, In behalf of. [back]
Note 5. Or, let thy right hand teach. [back]
Note 6. Or, Thy throne is the throne of God &c. [back]
Note 7. Or, in the inner part of the palace. [back]
Note 8. Or, upon. [back]
 

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