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Scottish Psalter: Psalm 45

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Psalm 45, S.M.: My heart inditing is

Second Version (S.M.)

Meter: S.M. (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.