- CPDL #26292:
- Editor: Christopher Upton (submitted 2012-05-24). Score information: A4, 1 page, 47 kB Copyright: CC BY NC SA
- Edition notes:
Title: Nisi Dominus
Composer: Christopher Upton
Lyricist: Isaac Watts
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred, Hymn
Description: Hymn tune, 88. 88 (L.M.), set to Isaac Watts' metrication of Psalm 127.
Original text and translations
1 If God succeed not, all the cost
And pains to build the house are lost;
If God the city will not keep,
The watchful guards as well might sleep.
2 What if you rise before the sun,
And work and toil when day is done,
Careful and sparing eat your bread,
To shun that poverty you dread.
3 'Tis all in vain, till God hath blest;
He can make rich, yet give us rest:
Children and friends are blessings too,
If God our sovereign make them so.
4 Happy the man to whom he sends
Obedient children, faithful friends:
How sweet our daily comforts prove,
When they are seasoned with his love!