Psalm 44:15-16; Psalm 44:5
Alleluia, alleluia. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbours shall be brought to thee with gladness. [Alleluia.]
During Eastertide, in lieu of the Gradual:
Alleluia. With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign. Alleluia.
Verse 15. Neighbours. The Jews, as well as the Gentiles, shall embrace the faith. C. — Virginity became honourable only after the coming of Christ. S. Chrys.
Verse 16. Temple. Even virgins (H.) out of the Church, cannot please the king. S. Aug. W.
Verse 5. Reign. Devise, execute, and perfect the establishment of thy spiritual kingdom. W. — Solomon was no warrior; but he only wanted enemies to be so. The sword of Christ is his word, (Heb. iv. 12.) anger, (Apoc. xix. 15. C.) or human nature. S. Jer. — Some translate, “and ride,” because kings were mounted on chariots, and governed their people with the reins of justice, &c. Robertson. — Justice. These titles are eagerly desired by monarchs; as martial prowess, clemency, and justice, (C.) render them objects of terror, and of love. H. — Christ conquered by his miracles, mildness, &c. (C.) propagating the truth, and punishing the rebellious. W. Ps. ii. 8.