Unless the Lord the House Shall Build

Unless the Lord the house shall build

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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 ere morning break,
And late your nightly vigils keep,
And weary days of toil partake;
For God's belov├Ęd there is sleep.

3 Yes, children are a great reward,
A gift from God in very truth;
As quiver full of arrows stored
Are children given in days of youth.

4 How blest are those whose lives are cheered
By children's growth in strength and grace.
Within their house no foes are feared,
For God keeps watch within that place.

Presbyterian Hymnal, 1990

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First Line: Unless the Lord the house shall build
Title: Unless the Lord the House Shall Build
Source: The Psalter, 1912
Language: English



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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