All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces. Psalm 45:8
Words: Salathiel C. Kirk, Musings Along the Way (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A. H. Sickler, 1900), page 78. Adapted by Richard W. Adams, March 23, 2017 (public domain).
Music: Adelaide George C. Stebbins, Northfield Hymnal with Alexander’s Supplement 1907 (🔊 pdf nwc).
Down came the King from palace of white,
Down to the earth, in darkest of night;
Our world to sweeten, lives to make bright,
King of the Ivory Palace has come!
Garments proclaiming cassia’s bloom,
Fragrant with aloe, myrrh’s dark perfume;
Ye kings and princes, prepare Him room;
King of the Ivory Palace has come.
How sad the world should eagerly wait,
Pining, they watched the Beautiful Gate,
Then turned away in anger and hate
When from the Ivory Palace He came.
The King returned to Heaven again;
Leaving His peace and joy with men,
And would the holy Comforter send,
The King of ivory palaces said.
Our King has said that He’ll come again;
We know not how, nor neither the when;
Watching and waiting, we’ll pray, and then
Up to the Ivory Palace ascend.