Psalm 127 W.W.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Except the Lord the house doth make, and thereunto doth set his hand, What men do build, it cannot stand; likewise in vain men undertake cities and holds to watch and ward, except the Lord be their safeguard.
2 Though in the morn ye rise early, and so at night go late to bed, Eating with carefulness your bread, your labor is but vanity: But they whom God doth love and keep, enjoy all things with quiet sleep.
3 Therefore mark well when ye do see that men have hearts t'enjoy their land It is the gift of God's own hand: For God doth multiply to thee Of his great liberality, the blessing of posterity.
4 And when the children come to age, they grow in strength and activeness, In person and in comeliness: So that a shaft shot with courage Of one that hath a most strong arm, flies not so swift, nor doth like harm.
5 Oh, well is he that hath his quiver furnished with such artillery: For when in peril he shall be, such one shall never quake or shiver, When he doth plead before the judge against his foes that bear him grudge.