O Lord of Hosts, How Lovely

O Lord of hosts, how lovely The place where thou dost dwell

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1 O Lord of Hosts, how lovely
the place where thou dost dwell!
Thy tabernacles holy
in pleasantness excel.
My soul is longing, fainting,
Jehovah's courts to see;
my heart and flesh are crying,
O living God, for thee.

2 Blest who thy house inhabit,
they ever give thee praise;
blest all whom thou dost strengthen,
who love the sacred ways.
So they from strength unwearied
go forward unto strength,
till they appear in Zion
before the Lord at length.

3 O hear, Lord God of Jacob,
to me an answer yield;
the face of thine anointed,
behold, O God, our shield.
One day excels a thousand
if spent thy courts within;
I'll choose thy threshold, rather
than dwell in tents of sin.

4 Our sun and shield, Jehovah,
will grace and glory give;
no good will he deny them
that uprightly do live.
O God of hosts, Jehovah,
how blest is ev'ryone
who confidence reposes
on thee, O Lord, alone.

Source: Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #371

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First Line: O Lord of hosts, how lovely The place where thou dost dwell
Title: O Lord of Hosts, How Lovely
Meter: D
Language: English




The tune was named after its composer and published in the British volume The Hymnary (1872). TOURS has four broad phrases. Its repetitions of melodic and rhythmic units make it accessible and loved. The harmony suggests a stately tempo. Berthold Tours (b. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1838; d. Fulham…

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #371

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