“You are beautiful, more beautiful than all the sons of men.

Thy words are full of grace; therefore God has blessed thee for ever.

Clasp your sword at your side, O valiant one; rejoice in your glory and your splendour.

Go forth majestically in thy chariot, for the cause of truth, mercy and justice; let thy right hand do tremendous things.

Your arrows are sharp; the peoples shall fall under you; they shall pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies.

You love righteousness and detest ungodliness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness; he has preferred you to your companions.

Thy raiment smelleth of myrrh, and of aloes, and of cassia: from the ivory palaces the music of the instruments rejoiceth thee.

The daughters of kings are among thy ladies of honour: on thy right hand stands the queen, adorned with the gold of Ophir.

Thy sons shall take the place of thy fathers; thou shalt make them rulers over all the land.

I will make your name famous throughout the ages; therefore the people shall praise you forever.”


Psalms 45:2-5, 7-9, 16-17