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Bay Psalm Book: Psalm 127

A song of degrees for Solomon.

1 IF God build not the house, vainly

who build it do take pain:

except the Lord the city keep,

the watchman wakes in vain.

2 It’s vain for you early to rise,

watch late, to feed upon

the bread of grief: so he gives sleep

to his beloved one.

3 Lo, the wombs of fruit, it’s Gods reward

sons are his heritage.

4 As arrows in a strong man’s hand,

are sons of youthful age.

5 O blessed is the man which hath

his quiver fill’d with those:

they shall not be asham’d, i'th gate

when they speak with their foes.