1 Unless the Lord has built the house,
it must be built again;
except the Lord defends a town
its watchmen wake in vain.

2 What value has a life of haste,
of endless, anxious toil?
God has for those who keep his law
a garland none can spoil.

3 Among God's gifts, a happy home
a blessing rich indeed;
a joyful, loving partnership,
a strength to those in need.

4 That home, that house, as years go by
must weather storm and strain:
unless the Lord has built the house
it must be built again.

After Psalm 127, David Mowbray (born 1938)
© David Mowbray/Jubilate Hymns
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