Scripture Verse

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


Isaac Watts

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, Book 1, 1707, num­ber 68. The ban­quet of love.

Music: Ho­ly Hill Will­iam H. Pon­ti­us, cir­ca 1905 (🔊 pdf nwc).


Behold the rose of Sharon here,
The lily which the valleys bear,
Behold the tree of life, that gives
Refreshing fruit and healing leaves.

Amongst the thorns so lilies shine;
Amongst wild gourds the noble vine;
So in mine eyes my Savior proves,
Amidst a thousand meaner loves.

Beneath His cooling shade I sat,
To shield me from the burning heat;
Of heav’nly fruit He spreads a feast,
To feed mine eyes and please my taste.

Kindly He brought me to the place
Where stands the banquet of His grace;
He saw me faint, and o’er my head
The banner of His love He spread.

With living bread and generous wine,
He cheers this sinking heart of mine;
And opening His own heart to me,
He shows His thoughts, how kind they be.

O never let my Lord depart;
Lie down, and rest upon my heart;
I charge my sins not once to move,
Nor stir, nor wake, nor grieve my Love.