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PSALM 84, by            
First Line: How lovely are thy dwellings fair
Last Line: And in thee only rest.

1 How lovely are thy dwellings fair!
O Lord of Hosts, how dear
The pleasant tabernacles are!
Where thou dost dwell so near.
2 My soul doth long and almost die
Thy courts O Lord to see;
My heart and flesh aloud do cry,
O living God, for thee.
3 There ev'n the sparrow freed from wrong
Hath found a house of rest;
The swallow there, to lay her young
Hath built her brooding nest;
Ev'n by thy altars Lord of Hosts
They find their safe abode,
And home they fly from round the coasts
Toward thee, my King, my God.
4 Happy, who in thy house reside
Where thee they ever praise;
5 Happy, whose strength in thee doth bide,
And in their hearts thy ways.
6 They pass through Baca's thirsty vale,
That dry and barren ground,
As through a fruitful wat'ry dale
Where springs and show'rs abound.
7 They journey on from strength to strength
With joy and gladsome cheer
Till all before our God at length
In Sion do appear.
8 Lord God of Hosts hear now my prayer,
O Jacob's God give ear;
9 Thou God our shield look on the face
Of thy anointed dear.
10 For one day in thy courts to be
Is better, and more blest
Than in the joys of vanity,
A thousand days at best.
I in the temple of my God
Had rather keep a door,
Than dwell in tents, and rich abode
With sin for evermore.
11 For God the Lord both sun and shield
Gives grace and glory bright;
No good from them shall be withheld
Whose ways are just and right.
12 Lord God of Hosts that reign'st on high,
That man is truly blest,
Who only on thee doth rely,
And in thee only rest.

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