Scripture Verse

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1

Introduction

illustration

Words: Flo­ra Kirk­land, in Christ in Song, by Frank­lin E. Bel­den (Bat­tle Creek, Mi­chi­gan: Re­view and Her­ald, 1900), num­ber 217.

Music: Rath­bun Ith­a­mar Con­key, 1849 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Kirk­land (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Ithamar Conkey
1815–1867

Lyrics

Valley lilies, meek and lowly,
Let me hear your message sweet,
Tell of Christ the pure and holy,
Bending as to touch His feet.

Snowy lilies of the valley,
Speak again your message rare;
Testify to me of Je­sus,
Heaven’s Lily, wondrous fair!

Valley lilies, golden hearted,
Love’s sweet mission you fulfill,
For you tell in perfumed language,
How He wrought His Fa­ther’s will.

Valley lilies, cups inverted,
Still the Mas­ter you pro­claim:
Empty of all pomp and glo­ry,
To redeem the world He came.