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-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
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.