365. Unless the Lord the House Shall Build

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 of the bread of toil partake;
God gives to his beloved sleep.

3 Lo, children are a great reward,
a gift from God in very truth;
with arrows is his quiver stored
who joys in children of his youth.

4 And blest the man whose age is cheered
by stalwart sons and daughters fair;
no enemies by him are feared,
no lack of love, no want of care.

Text Information
First Line: Unless the Lord the house shall build
Title: Unless the Lord the House Shall Build
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: The Church: The Covenant People; Family Worship; God: Guardian (3 more...)
Source: The Psalter, 1912
Tune Information
Composer: Herbert Stanley Oakeley (1874)
Meter: L.M.
Key: G Major

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