PSALM 127
METER:  LM
SUGGESTED TUNES:  OLD 100TH or WOODWORTH
This is the meter of such hymns as "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow" and "Just as I Am, Without One Plea"

1.  If God the Lord builds not the house,
    The build-ers do their work in vain.
    If o'er the cit-y God watch not,
    The watch-er vig-il keeps in vain.
2.  'Tis vain to rise up with the sun
    And take no rest till late at night,
    To eat the bread of anx-ious toil,
    For God gives his be-lov-ed sleep.
3.  Lo, child-ren are a her-i-tage
    From God, who gives a good re-ward.
    Like ar-rows in a war-rior's hand
    Are child-ren born in young-er days.
4.  Hap-py the one who child-ren has
    Like ar-rows in a quiv-er full!
    That one shall ne'er be put to shame
    When speak-ing with one's en-e-mies.

Reprinted by permission of the publisher from Sing the Psalms! by Dale A. Schoening.  Copyright 1988 Dale A. Schoening.

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