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First Line: No rich and costly gown
Last Line: Are the garments of her soul.
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Courts & Courtiers; Daughters

No rich and costly gown
Of brilliant lustre rare,
Woven from Oriental looms;
No sparkling jewels fair;
No rich and showy laces,
Nor ribbons she may wear;
No scented, gaudy flowers
May decorate her hair.

She may not tread in silken hose,
Nor sit at festal boards
And drink from golden cups, as did
Belshazzar and his lords.
Splendidly she may not in
A palace rich reside;
With heraldry she may not in
A burnished chariot ride.

Yet, she's the daughter of a king,
A king who's not of earth.
She has that true adorning
Which is of greatest worth.
"She is all glorious within,"
Immaculate and whole,
And wrought with gold devoid of dross
Are the garments of her soul.

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