Scripture Verse

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm. Song of Solomon 8:6

Introduction

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John Berridge
(1716–1793)

Words: John Ber­ridge, Si­on’s Songs, 1842 ed­i­tion.

Music: Brown Wil­liam B. Brad­bu­ry, 1844 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William B. Bradbury
(1816–1868)

Lyrics

I ask my dying Savior dear
To set me on His heart;
And if my Jesus fix me there,
Nor life, nor death shall part.

As Aaron bore upon his breast
The names of Jacob’s sons,
So bear my name among the rest
Of Thy dear chosen ones.

Yea, set me as a precious seal
Of covenant grace divine,
Which may the covenant love reveal,
And mark me truly Thine.

And let the seal be stampèd clear,
With holiness in view,
That I may bear Thine image fair,
And others read it, too.

But seal me also on Thine arm,
Or yet I am not right;
I need Thy love to ward off harm,
And need Thy shoulder’s might.

This double seal makes all things sure,
And keeps me safe and well;
Thy heart and shoulder will secure
From all the host of hell.