If God to build the house deny

If God to build the house deny

Author: Isaac Watts
Published in 47 hymnals

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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.



Source: The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #414

Author: Isaac Watts

Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas' pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary… Go to person page >

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First Line: If God to build the house deny
Author: Isaac Watts
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #154

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #154

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #154

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #154

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #154

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #154

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d482

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Doctor Watts's imitation of the Psalms of David, to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian Church in general (3rd ed.) #231a

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (3rd. ed.) #246a

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Doctor Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David: to which is added a collection of hymns; the whole applied to the state of the Christian church in general (4th ed.) #231a

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Hymns for the Sanctuary #106

Parish Psalmody #d330

Parish Psalmody #d339

Psalms and Hymns Adapted to Social, Private and Public Worship #d365

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d379

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Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts, The #Ps.295

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Psalms and Hymns, for Christian Use and Worship #P127.2

The Christian Psalter #d255

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #414

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament, and applied to the Christian state and worship (27th ed.) #P127b

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The Psalms of David: imitated in the language of the New Testament. #240b

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