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Unless the Lord the house shall build




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.


In vain you rise ere morning break,
And late your nightly vigils keep,
And of the bread of toil partake;
God gives to His belovèd sleep.


Lo, children are a great reward,
A gift from God in very truth;
With arrows is his quiver stored
Who joys in children of his youth.


And blest the man
whose age is cheered
By stalwart sons and daughters fair;
No enemies by him are feared,
No lack of love, no want of care.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1912
      Bible Refs: Ps 127;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1990# 238
      1961# 291
      MUSIC
      Name: ILLA
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1841
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
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