“I am the rose of Sharon,
and the lily of the valleys.” Song of Solomon 2:1

Lily1. O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight,
    On whom in affliction I call,
My comfort by day, and my song in the night,
    My hope, my salvation, my all.
Where dost Thou at noontide resort with Thy sheep,
    To feed on the pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
    Alone in the wilderness rove?

2. O, why should I wander an alien from Thee,
    And cry in the desert for bread?
Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see,
    And smile at the tears I have shed.
Ye daughters of Zion declare, have you seen
    The star that on Israel shone?
Say, if in your tents my Belovèd has been,
    And where, with His flocks, He is gone.

3. This is my Belovèd; His form is divine;
    His vestments shed odors around:
The locks of His head are as grapes on the vine,
    When autumn with plenty is crowned.
The roses of Sharon, the lilies that grow
    In vales, on the banks of the streams:
His cheeks, in the beauty of excellence glow,
    His eye all invitingly beams.

4. His voice, as the sound of the dulcimer sweet,
    Is heard through the shadows of death;
The cedars of Lebanon bow at His feet,
    The air is perfumed with His breath.
His lips as a fountain of righteousness flow,
    That waters the garden of grace,
From which their salvation the Gentiles shall know,
    And bask in the smiles of His face.

5. Love sits on His eyelid and scatters delight
    Through all the bright mansions on high;
Their faces the cherubim veil in His sight,
    And tremble with fullness of joy.
He looks, and ten thousands of angels rejoice,
    And myriads wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice,
    Re-echoes the praise of her Lord.


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Song in the Night: page 20
Author: Joseph Swaint, Redemption, a Poem in Five Books, 1791
Composer: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Time: 1:32

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