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Psalm 127

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 61 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127 First Line: If God succeed not, all the cost Lyrics: If God succeed not, all the cost And pains to build the house are lost; If God the city will not keep, The watchful guards as well may sleep. What if you rise before the sun, And work and toil when day is done; Careful and sparing eat your bread, To shun that poverty you dread; 'Tis all in vain, till God hath blessed; He can make rich, yet give us rest: Children and friends are blessings too, If God our Sovereign make them so. Happy the man to whom he sends Obedient children, faithful friends: How sweet our daily comforts prove When they are seasoned with his love! Topics: Blessing of God on the business and comforts of life; Business of life blest; Children made blessings; Comfort of life blest; God all in all
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Psalm 127

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 47 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127 First Line: If God to build the house deny Lyrics: If God to build the house deny, The builders work in vain; And towns, without his wakeful eye, A useless watch maintain. Before the morning beams arise, Your painful work renew; And till the stars ascend the skies, Your tiresome toil pursue; Short be your sleep, and coarse your fare; In vain, till God has blessed; But if his smiles attend your care, You shall have food and rest. Nor children, relatives, nor friends, Shall real blessings prove; Nor all the earthly joys he sends, If sent without his love. Topics: Blessing of God on the business and comforts of life; Business of life blest; Children made blessings; Comfort of life blest; God all in all
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Unless the Lord the House Shall Build

Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 13 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127 Lyrics: 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 weary days of toil partake; For God's belovèd there is sleep. 3 Yes, children are a great reward, A gift from God in very truth; As quiver full of arrows stored Are children given in days of youth. 4 How blest are those whose lives are cheered By children's growth in strength and grace. Within their house no foes are feared, For God keeps watch within that place. Used With Tune: BOURBON Text Sources: The Psalter, 1912; alt.
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O Father, All-Creating

Author: John Ellerton Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 37 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127:1 First Line: O Father, all creating Lyrics: 1 O Father all-creating, whose wisdom, love, and pow'r first bound two lives together in Eden's primal hour, today to these thy children thine earliest gifts renew, a home by thee made happy, a love by thee kept true. 2 O Savior, guest most bounteous of old in Galilee, vouchsafe today thy presence with these who call on thee; their store of earthly gladness transform to heav'nly wine, and teach them in the tasting To know the gift is thine. 3 O Spirit of the Father, breathe on them from above, so mighty in thy pureness so tender in thy love, that, guarded by thy presence, from sin and strife kept free, their lives may own thy guidance, their hearts be ruled by thee. 4 Except thou build it, Father, the house is built in vain; except thou, Savior, bless it, the joy will turn to pain; but naught can break the union of hearts in thee made one; and love thy Spirit hallows is endless love begun. Topics: Special Topics Marriage and the Home Used With Tune: SAVOY CHAPEL
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Now the day is over

Author: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1834-1924 Appears in 799 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127:2 Topics: Calm; Evening; Morning; Rest; The Sick; Sin; Adoration and Praise Evening Used With Tune: MERRIAL
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God, Who Made the Earth and Heaven

Author: Reginald Heber; William Mercer; Richard Whately Meter: 8.4.8.4.8.8.8.4 Appears in 410 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127:2 Lyrics: 1. God, who made the earth and heaven, darkness and light: you the day for work have given, for rest the night. May your angel guards defend us, slumber sweet your mercy send us, holy dreams and hopes attend us all through the night. 2. And when morn again shall call us to run life's way, may we still, whate'er befall us, your will obey. From the power of evil hide us, in the narrow pathway guide us, never be your smile denied us all through the day. 3 Guard us waking, guard us sleeping, and, when we die, maywe in your mighty keeping all peaceful lie. When the last dread call shall wake us, then, O Lord, do not forsake us, but to reign in glory take us with you on high. 4 Holy Father, throned in heaven, all holy Son, Holy Spirit, freely given, blest Three in One: grant us grace, we now implore you, till we lay our crowns before you, and in worthier strains adore you while ages run. Used With Tune: AR HYD Y NOS
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Our Need of God

Author: Miss Harriet Auber (1773-1862) Appears in 72 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127 First Line: Vainly through night's weary hours Topics: Dependence On God; Evening; Family Worship Used With Tune: BATTY
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We build with fruitless Cost, unless

Appears in 16 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127 Lyrics: 1 We build with fruitless Cost, unless the Lord the Pile sustain; Unless the Lord the City keep, the Watchman wakes in vain. 2 In vain we rise before the Day, and late to Rest repair, Allow no Respite to our toil, and eat the Bread of Care. Supplies of Life, with Ease to them, He on his Saints bestows; He crowns their Labour with Success, their Nights with sound Repose. 3 Children, whose Comforts of our Life, are Presents from the Lord; He gives a num'rous Race of Heirs, as Piety's Reward. 4 As Arrows in a Giant's Hand when marching forth to War, Ev'n so the Sons of sprightly Youth, their Parents Safeguard are. 5 Happy the Man whose Quiver's fill'd with these prevailing Arms; He needs not fear to meet his Foe, at Law, or War's Alarms.
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Why should we start, and fear to die!

Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 398 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127:2 Topics: Death
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Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear

Author: John Keble, 1792-1866 Meter: 8.8.8.8 Appears in 1,251 hymnals Scripture: Psalm 127:2 Lyrics: 1 Sun of my soul, thou Saviour dear, it is not night if thou be near: O may no earth-born cloud arise to hide thee from thy servant's eyes. 2 When the soft dews of kindly sleep my weary eyelids gently steep, be my last thought, how sweet to rest for ever on my Saviour's breast. 3 Abide with me from morn till eve, for without thee I cannot live; abide with me when night is nigh, for without thee I dare not die. 4 If some poor wandering child of thine have spurned to-day the voice divine, now, Lord, the gracious work begin; let him no more lie down in sin. 5 Watch by the sick; enrich the poor with blessings from thy boundless store; be every mourner's sleep to-night, like infant's slumbers, pure and light. 6 Come near and bless us when we wake, ere through the world our way we take, till in the ocean of thy love we lose ourselves in heaven above. Topics: Evening Used With Tune: ABENDS

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