How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place   1 comment

St. Gregory the Great Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.

Image Source = parish website

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1982, of The Episcopal Church

A paraphrase of Psalm 84

The first two verses of the hymn come from The Psalms of David in Meeter (1650), of the Church of Scotland; the last two verses are by The Reverend Carl P. Daw, Jr., an Episcopal priest born in 1944.


1.  How lovely is thy dwelling place, O Lord of hosts to me!

My thirsty soul desires and longs within thy courts to be;

my weary heart and flesh cry out, O living God, for thee.

2.  Beside thine altars, gracious Lord, the swallows find a nest;

how happy they who dwell with thee and praise thee without rest,

and happy they whose hearts are set upon the pilgrim’s quest.

3.  Those who go through the desert vale will find it filled with springs,

and they shall climb from height to height till Zion’s temple rings

with praise to thee, in glory throned, Lord God, great King of kings.

4.  One day within thy courts excels a thousand spend away;

how happy they who keep thy laws nor from thy precepts stray,

for thou shalt surely bless all those who live the words they pray.

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