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Unless the Lord the House Shall Build

Unless the Lord the house shall build

Published in 15 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Unless the Lord the house shall build,
the weary builders toil in vain;
unless the Lord the city shield,
the guards a useless watch maintain.

2 In vain you rise at morning break,
and late your nightly vigils keep,
and weary days of toil partake;
for God's beloved there is sleep.

3 Like arrows in full quivers stored
are children given in days of youth;
for children are a great reward,
a gift from God in very truth.

Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #46

Text Information

First Line: Unless the Lord the house shall build
Title: Unless the Lord the House Shall Build
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





A pentatonic (five-pitch) folk tune from the southern United States, BOURBON fits well with the penitential text of Psalm 38. The tune calls for unison singing, with accompaniment providing a firmly articulated rhythm. Like many pentatonic tunes, when unaccompanied it can be sung in canon after eith…

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The Cyber Hymnal #7033
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Instances (1 - 6 of 6)
Text InfoTextAudio

Glory to God #46


Presbyterian Hymnal #238


The Cyber Hymnal #7033

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #365

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #127A

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #127B

Include 9 pre-1979 instances
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