Scripture Verse

My heart is inditing a good matter. Psalm 45:1


Words: From The Psalms, New­ly Par­a­phrased for the Ser­vice of the Sanc­tu­a­ry, by Jo­seph P. Bar­trum (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Rus­sell, Os­borne & Com­pa­ny, 1833), page 56.

Music: Pres­by­ter Wal­ter O. Wil­kin­son, 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bar­trum or Wil­kin­son (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


My heart a blissful theme indites;
Rehearse, my lips the song!
A lovely gift, the gift of Heaven,
Impels the strain along.

See where, amid a smiling train,
The modest bridegroom stands;
Exulting to complete his love,
In wedlock’s sacred bands!

Be his, the eloquence of truth,
The tenderness of soul!
With virtue bright be every scene,
Long as the years shall roll!

Fair maiden! now from home estranged,
And charms which none forget,
Accept the hand that wipes thy tears,
And softens thy regret!

Nor deem thy much loved parents lost;
Yet blooms a brighter joy;
United hearts, domestic bliss,
And cares that never cloy!

Confirm, in Heaven, our blessings, Lord!
On this new wedded pair!
To them be Thou a glorious throne,
And hear their mutual prayer!