METER:  LMD (88 88 D)
This is the meter of the hymn "He Leadeth Me."  This setting can also be used with a LM tune, if you don't mind singing 10 stanzas.

1.  A good-ly theme o'er-flows my heart;
    I write this song un-to the king;
    My tongue is read-y with a poem
    Like the pen of one who writes well.
    You are most hand-some of all men;
    You speak with el-o-quence and grace;
    God's bless-ing rests on you, O king.
    Put on your sword, O glor-ious one.
2.  Ma-jes-tic ride to vic-to-ry
    De-fend-ing what is true and just.
    Your strength will win great vic-tor-ies.
    Sharp ar-rows pierce your en-e-mies.
    Na-tions fall down be-fore your feet.
    God gives your king-dom ev-er-more.
    With just-ice do you rule your own;
    You love the right and hate the wrong.
3.  Your God a-noints you with the oil
    Of glad-ness o'er all oth-er kings;
    Your robes are fra-grant with per-fume,
    Al-oes and myrrh and cas-si-a.
    Mu-si-cians with stringed in-stru-ments
    In iv-ory hous-es make you glad.
    The daugh-ters of kings grace your court.
    The queen's at your right, decked in gold.
4.  Bride of the king, lis-ten to me;
    For-get your folk and fam-i-ly.
    The king your beau-ty will de-sire;
    He is your lord, whom you'll o-bey.
    The folk of Tyre will bring you gifts;
    The rich will bring all kinds of wealth.
    The princ-ess wears gold-wo-ven robes
    When she in pal-ace cham-bers is.
5.  She's led to the king in bright robes;
    Her brides-maids, too, are in her train.
    With joy and glad-ness they are led
    Into the pal-ace of the king.
    O king, may sons be born to you
    Who will be rul-ers in the land.
    I'll make your name be famed al-ways,
    Peo-ples will praise you for all time.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.  Alt. 2001 Dale A. Schoening.

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