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How lovely is thy dwelling-place

How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts, to me

Published in 40 hymnals

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1 How lovely is thy dwelling-place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
The tabernacles of thy grace
how pleasant, Lord, they be!

2 My thirsty soul longs veh’mently,
yea faints, thy courts to see:
My very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for thee.

3 Behold, the sparrow findeth out
an house wherein to rest;
The swallow also for herself
hath purchased a nest;

Ev’n thine own altars,* where she safe
her young ones forth may bring,
O thou almighty Lord of hosts,
who art my God and King.

4 Bless’d are they in thy house that dwell,
they ever give thee praise.
5 Bless’d is the man whose strength thou art,
in whose heart are thy ways:

6 Who passing thorough Baca’s vale,
therein do dig up wells;
Also the rain that falleth down
the pools with water fills.

7 So they from strength unwearied go
still forward unto strength,
Until in Sion they appear
before the Lord at length.

8 Lord God of hosts, my prayer hear;
O Jacob’s God, give ear.
9 See God our shield, look on the face
of thine anointed dear.

10 For in thy courts one day excels
a thousand; rather in
My God’s house will I keep a door,
than dwell in tents of sin.

11 For God the Lord’s a sun and shield:
he’ll grace and glory give;
And will withhold no good from them
that uprightly do live.

12 O thou that art the Lord of hosts,
that man is truly blest,
Who by assured confidence
on thee alone doth rest.

Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases, 1800

Text Information

First Line: How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts, to me
Title: How lovely is thy dwelling-place
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

Tune

HARINGTON (Harington)


BROTHER JAMES' AIR

BROTHER JAMES' AIR was composed by James Leith Macbeth Bain (b. Scotland, c. 1840; d. Liverpool, England, 1925), the healer, mystic, and poet known simply as Brother James. The tune was first published in his volume The great peace: being a New Year's greeting ... (1915). Born in a devout Christian…

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Media

The Cyber Hymnal #2465
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Instances

Instances (1 - 12 of 12)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #204
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #662Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #523Text
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #52TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #498
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #465Page Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #517Text
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #84EText
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #62
Small Church Music #3710Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #2465TextScoreAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #44
Include 28 pre-1979 instances



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