Scripture Verse

That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: That our oxen may be strong to labor; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:12–15


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid 1719, pag­es 377–78, alt.

Music: Win­ches­ter New Mu­sik­al­isch­es Hand­buch (Ham­burg, Ger­ma­ny: 1690). Har­mo­ny by Will­iam H. Monk, 1847, alt. (🔊 pdf nwc).

William H. Monk (1823–1889)


Happy the ci­ty, where their sons
Like pil­lars round a pa­lace set,
And daugh­ters bright as pol­ished stones
Give strength and beau­ty to the state.

Happy the coun­try, where the sheep,
The cat­tle, corn, have large in­crease;
Where men se­cure­ly work or sleep,
Nor sons of plun­der break the peace.

Happy the na­tion thus en­dowed,
But more di­vine­ly blest are those
On whom the all-suf­fi­cient God
Himself with all His grace be­stows.