Nisi Dominus [Quinti Toni], a 8 (Ps. 126)

Nisi Dominus [Quinti Toni], a 8 (Ps. 126)

De Beata Virgine per annum. Ad vesperas
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PH051

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Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum:
in vanum laboraverunt
qui aedificant eam.
frustra vigilat, qui custodit eam.
Vanum est vobis ante lucem surgere:
surgite post quam  sederitis,
qui manducatis panem doloris.
Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum:
ecce haereditas Domini, filii, merces, fructus ventris.
Sicut sagitae in manu potentis: ita filii excussorum.
Beatus vir qui implevit,
non confundetur cum loquetur inimicis suis in porta.

Gloria Patri et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto,
sicut erat et nunc, et semper,
et in saecula saeculorum.

Amen.

Translation

If the Lord does not build the house,
in vain those
that build it will toil,
in vain the watchmen will guard it.
In vain you get up before dawn,
and sit up late,
eating the bread of toils
for He provides for his beloved
as they sleep.
Sons are a heritage of the Lord
and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man
are the sons of the young.
Happy is the man
that has his quiver full of them;
he will not be bested
as his sons barter at the city gate.
 
Glory be to the Father and the Son
and the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning,
is now and ever shall be,
world without end.
 
Amen.

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