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Psalm 127

(from Day 27 Evening Prayer)

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.