Scripture Verse

A day in Thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. Psalm 84:10


Words: Anne Steele, Po­ems on Sub­jects Chief­ly De­vo­tion­al 1760.

Music: Por­tu­gal Tho­mas Thor­ley, 1789 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Steele or Thor­ley (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


How love­ly, how di­vine­ly sweet,
Oh Lord! Thy sac­red courts ap­pear;
Fain would my long­ing pass­ions meet
The glo­ries of Thy pre­sence there.

O blessed the men, blessed their em­ploy,
Whom Thy in­dul­gent fa­vors raise
To dwell in those abodes of joy,
And sing Thy ne­ver ceas­ing praise.

Happy the men whom strength di­vine
With ar­dent love and zeal in­spires;
Whose steps to Thy blest way in­cline
With will­ing hearts and warm de­sires.

One day with­in Thy sac­red gate,
Affords more real joy to me
Than thou­sands in the tents of state;
The mean­est place is bliss with Thee.