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Psalm 126

In convertendo

  1. WHEN the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion: then were we like unto them that dream.
  2. Then was our mouth filled with laughter: and our tongue with joy.
  3. Then said they among the heathen: The Lord hath done great things for them.
  4. Yea, the Lord hath done great things for us already: whereof we rejoice.
  5. Turn our captivity, O Lord: as the rivers in the south.
  6. They that sow in tears: shall reap in joy.
  7. He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed: shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

Psalm 127

Nisi Dominus

  1. EXCEPT the Lord build the house: their labour is but lost that build it.
  2. Except the Lord keep the city: the watchman waketh but in vain.
  3. It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
  4. Lo, children and the fruit of the womb: are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
  5. Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant: even so are the young children.
  6. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 128

Beati omnes

  1. BLESSED are all they that fear the Lord: and walk in his ways.
  2. For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands: O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
  3. Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine: upon the walls of thine house.
  4. Thy children like the olive-branches: round about thy table.
  5. Lo, thus shall the man be blessed: that feareth the Lord.
  6. The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee: that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long.
  7. Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children: and peace upon Israel.

Psalm 129

Saepe expugnaverunt

  1. MANY a time have they fought against me from my youth up: may Israel now say.
  2. Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up: but they have not prevailed against me.
  3. The plowers plowed upon my back: and made long furrows.
  4. But the righteous Lord: hath hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.
  5. Let them be confounded and turned backward: as many as have evil will at Sion.
  6. Let them be even as the grass growing upon the house-tops: which withereth afore it be plucked up;
  7. Whereof the mower filleth not his hand: neither he that bindeth up the sheaves his bosom.
  8. So that they who go by say not so much as, The Lord prosper you: we wish you good luck in the Name of the Lord.

Psalm 130

De profundis

  1. OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my voice.
  2. O let thine ears consider well: the voice of my complaint.
  3. If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss: O Lord, who may abide it?
  4. For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.
  5. I look for the Lord; my soul doth wait for him: in his word is my trust.
  6. My soul fleeth unto the Lord: before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
  7. O Israel, trust in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy: and with him is plenteous redemption.
  8. And he shall redeem Israel: from all his sins.

Psalm 131

Domine, non est

  1. LORD, I am not high-minded: I have no proud looks.
  2. I do not exercise myself in great matters: which are too high for me.
  3. But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
  4. O Israel, trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.