Except the Lord do build the house, the builders lose their painAuthor: T. R. Birks
Published in 4 hymnals
1 Except the Lord do build the house,
the builders lose their pain:
Except the Lord the city keep,
the watchmen watch in vain.
2 ’Tis vain for you to rise betimes,
or late from rest to keep,
To feed on sorrows’ bread; so gives
he his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are God’s heritage,
the womb’s fruit his reward.
4 The sons of youth as arrows are,
for strong men’s hands prepar’d.
5 O happy is the man that hath
his quiver fill’d with those;
They unashamed in the gate
shall speak unto their foes.
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||First Line||Title||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Scottish Psalter and Paraphrases #P157||Except the Lord do build the house||Psalm 127: Except the Lord do build the house||8,6,8,6||Psalm 127||1800|
|The Psalms of David, in Metre: allowed by the Authority of the Kirk of Scotland and Used in Several Branches of the Presbyterian Church #d14||Except the Lord do build the house||T. R. Birks||1849|
|The Psalms of David, with a selection of standard music appropriately arranged according to sentiment of each Psalm or portion of Psalm (8th ed.) #131a||Except the Lord do build the house||T. R. Birks||1865|
|The Psalter: the Scottish Version of the Psalms Revised, and New Versions Adopted by the United Presbyterian Church #d25||Except the Lord do build the house||T. R. Birks||1872|