Scripture Verse

The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Psalm 92:12

Introduction

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Isaac Watts
(1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, The Psalms of Da­vid, 1719. The Church is the gar­den of God.

Music: Heb­ron Lo­well Ma­son, 1830 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Lyrics

Lord, ’tis a pleasant thing to stand
In gardens planted by Thine hand;
Let me within Thy courts be seen,
Like a young cedar, fresh and green.

There grow Thy saints in faith and love,
Blest with Thine influence from above;
Not Lebanon with all its trees
Yields such a comely sight as these.

The plants of grace shall ever live;
Nature decays, but grace must thrive;
Time, that doth all things else impair,
Still makes them flourish strong and fair.

Laden with fruits of age, they show
The Lord is holy, just and true;
None that attend His gates shall find
A God unfaithful or unkind.