Except the Lord do build the house, The builders labor all in vain

Except the Lord do build the house, The builders labor all in vain

Author: John Barnard
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. Except the Lord do build the house,
The builders labor all in vain:
Unless the Lord the city keep,
In vain the guards their watch maintain.
2. To rise betimes, and sit up late,
And eat thy bread with grief oppressed,
Is vain; without such carking cares,
The Lord gives his beloved rest.

3. Lo; children are God's heritage;
The fruitful womb is his reward.
4. As arrows in a strong man's hand,
So sons of youth are parents guard.
5. Happy the man, whose quiver's filled
With shafts, that on him ready wait;
He shall not be ashamed to speak
With the adversary in the gate.

A New Version of the Psalms of David, 1752

Author: John Barnard

John Barnard, born in Boston, Nov. 6, 1681; in 1752 made a version of psalms with the music; settled at Marblehead; introduced new music ther; died Jan 14, 1770, aged 89. A Dictionary of Musical Information by John W. Moore, Boston: Oliver, Ditson & Company, 1876  Go to person page >

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First Line: Except the Lord do build the house, The builders labor all in vain
Author: John Barnard
Place of Origin: Marblehead, Massachusetts
Language: English
Publication Date: 1752
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.

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