Psalm 127

Words: The Psalter of the United Presbyterian Church of North America, 1887 ed.

Note: This page also has a Long Metre version of this psalm.
Common Metre Tunes

   1  Except the Lord do build the house,
         The builders lose their pain:
      Except the Lord the city keep,
         The watchmen watch in vain.
   2  Tis vain for you to rise betimes,
         Or late from rest to keep,
      To feed on sorrow's bread; so gives
         He his beloved sleep.
   3  Lo, children are God's heritage,
         To parents his reward.
      The sons of youth as arrows are,
         For strong men's hands prepared.
   4  O happy is the man that hath
         His quiver filled with those;
      They, unashamed, within the gate
         Shall speak unto their foes.
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Long Metre Tunes

   1  Unless the Lord the house shall build,
      The weary builders toil in vain;
      Unless the Lord the city shield,
      The guards a useless watch maintain.
   2  In vain you rise ere morning break,
      And late your nightly vigils keep,
      And bread of anxious care partake:
      God gives to his beloved sleep.
   3  Lo, children are the gift of God,
      And sons the blessing he commands;
      These, when in youthful days bestowed,
      Are like the shafts in warrior's hands.
   4  And happy they whose quivers bear
      Full store of arrows such as these;
      They in the gate are free from fear,
      And boldly face their enemies.
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