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
God gives to His belovèd sleep.
Lo, children are a great reward,
A gift from God in very truth;
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
No enemies by him are feared,
No lack of love, no want of care.
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