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.
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
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