Psalm 122

Words: Brady and  Tate, A New Version of the Psalms of David


   1  O 'Twas a joyful sound to hear
         our tribes devoutly say,
      Up, Israel, to the temple haste,
         and keep your festal day.
   2  At Salem's courts we must appear
         with our assembled pow'rs,
   3  In strong and beauteous order ranged,
         like her united tow'rs.
   4  'Tis thither, by divine command,
         the tribes of God repair,
      Before his ark to celebrate
         his Name with praise and pray'r.
   5  Tribunals stand erected there,
         where equity takes place;
      There stand the courts and palaces
         of royal David's race.
   6  O pray we then for Salem's peace,
         for they shall prosp'rous be,
      (Thou holy city of our God!)
         who bear true love to thee.
   7  May peace within thy sacred walls
         a constant guest be found,
      With plenty and prosperity
         thy palaces be crowned.
   8  For my dear brethren's sake, and friends
         no less than brethren dear,
      I'll pray, - May peace in Salem's tow'rs
         a constant guest appear.
   9  But most of all I'll seek thy good,
         and ever wish thee well,
      For Zion and the temple's sake,
         where God vouchsafes to dwell.

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